Collins and Montgomery

Perseverance Pays

“Coahoma names Collins and Montgomery as Valedictorian and Salutatorian.”

Administrators for Coahoma Community College have announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating Class of 2018.  Selected as valedictorian is Brittany Collins, and salutatorian is Ariel Montgomery.

Perseverance Pays

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Wed May 9, 2018

Coahoma names Collins and Montgomery as Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

Collins and Montgomery

From L to R: Brittany Collins - Valedictorian, Ariel Montgomery - Salutatorian

Administrators for Coahoma Community College have announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating Class of 2018.

Selected as valedictorian is Brittany Collins, and salutatorian is Ariel Montgomery.

Collins is a native of Tunica, MS. Prior to enrolling at CCC, she was a graduate of Rosa Fort High School in Tunica. Currently, she is a pre-nursing major and has a 3.95 grade point average (GPA), which has secured her valedictorian status.

Brittany CollinsShe is thankful for the support she has received throughout her journey at CCC and credits her faith as a huge factor in her success.

“I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity and thank God. Without him, honestly I would not have made it this far,” said Collins. “If not for the support of my friends, family and loved ones, I wouldn’t have been able to even earn this status. So, I’m just thankful.”

Collins says she is no different from any other student. She enjoyed her college experience at Coahoma, but always made sure to find the time to study and complete her assignments promptly.

“I did have my share of fun. I did go out. I believe in treating myself, but I know when it comes to my workload it comes first,” said Collins. “Balance is key.”

Collins believes that anyone can achieve their dreams and strives to be an example to others.

“The sky is the limit. I am only 18, and I was able to accomplish this goal,” said Collins. I have a lot of people that look up to me as a role model. I graduated high school when I 16. So, anything is possible. Just have faith.”

“I always tell people whatever problems you have, just give them to God,” she added.

Collins plans on continuing her studies in nursing in the future and pursuing a career in the healthcare industry.

Montgomery is a resident of Tutwiler, MS and is a graduate of West Tallahatchie High school. While there she ranked number four in her graduating class. She is a general business major and has a 3.94 GPA at CCC.

She reflects on her experience at Coahoma as a positive one and is proud to have attained this goal.

“My time here at Coahoma has been great. My instructors have helped me a lot and I finished early because I did 18 hours of dual-enrollment,” said Montgomery. It is amazing to be coming out at the top and I just graduated high school in May of 2017. It's great!”

Ariel MontgomeryMontgomery has secured her salutatorian status while taking on a full load and working nights. She says it was no easy task, but all worth the stress and strain to get to this point.

“It’s been a big payoff and a lot of work. I’ve been going to class in the morning, studying in the evening and going to work at night,” said Montgomery. “Between my hours on the job, my school work, and other life issues it was a lot, but has paid off.”

Montgomery recommends Coahoma Community College to anyone that is looking to have a positive, life-changing experience. She credits the institution with aiding here in achieving life-balance.

“I love being a Tiger. Coahoma is a good school and the instructors will help you,” said Montgomery. “Whenever I needed them, they have been there. I just love it all. I am thankful to everyone at CCC.”

Montgomery plans to one day be an entrepreneur or pursue a career in education administration.

Coahoma Community College's 66th Commencement exercises will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in the Pinnacle at 10 a.m.

Attorney, columnist and former Assistant Secretary of State and General Counsel, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, will serve as the keynote speaker during the ceremony.