Aniya Johnson and Dynasty Latham

Johnson and Latham Lead Class of 2020 as Valedictorian, Salutatorian

No obstacle is powerful enough to override ambition. Two-time valedictorian Aniya Johnson and two-time salutatorian Dynasty Latham persisted with a winner mentality.

Johnson and Latham Lead Class of 2020 as Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Tue Apr 28, 2020

No obstacle is powerful enough to override ambition. For two-time salutatorian Dynasty Latham, not even a threatening eye infection, which led to several absences from classes, could keep her from excellence.

Latham and valedictorian Aniya Johnson persisted with a winner mentality.

Aniya JohnsonA familiar accomplishment also lies before Johnson. She was named the valedictorian of her graduating class at Coahoma Early College High School.

She says her experience as a Coahoma Community College Tiger has been exciting, jam-packed, rewarding, and challenging.

The Jonestown, Mississippi, native served as the student outreach liaison for the Student Government Association and was inducted into the Alpha Omicron Pi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Nurturing staff and instructors of the College played a significant role in her growth and development.

“Coahoma has some of the most supportive instructors and staff,” said Aniya, underscoring their willingness to help. “The staff and faculty have made my experience at Coahoma one to remember.”

She plans to complete her undergraduate study in political science at a four-year HBCU in hopes of becoming an attorney.

The two-time val committed to doing her part while having faith that things would work out for the best.

“I learned at a very young age that what’s for me is for me,” said Johnson. “So, I never really thought about things. I just put in the work and let God handle the rest.”

She believes it was hard work and dedication that led to her attaining success in her college career thus far. Johnson was also chosen a HEADWAE recipient along with instructor Robert L. Rockett earlier in the year.

Johnson’s intelligence and exceptional academic performance in high school garnered her the glamorous title of Miss CECHS.

She is the daughter of Gerald and Zakeena Johnson.

Currently holding a perfect 4.0-grade point average, she draws a great deal of inspiration from words stated by Malcolm X —“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

Dynasty LathamDynasty Latham has been named the salutatorian. A native of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, she held the same honor as a 2018 graduate of John F. Kennedy Memorial High School.

During Latham’s enrollment at Coahoma Community College, she developed an eye infection so severe that she faced the possibility of it spreading to her brain.

“…By the grace of God, not only am I completely healed, but I was able to finish school,” she rejoiced.

“Not only did I finish school, but I completed my final semester with straight A’s and am awarded with this amazing feat of being salutatorian. To say that I prevailed through those obstacles would be an extreme understatement. I am truly a walking testimony, and I owe it all to God.”

Latham is a member of the Honors College and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

She has made education her top priority. Latham is one who also prefers to place situations in the hands of a higher power.

Of her achievement, she says, “It took an exceeding amount of hard work, dedication, and focus. Above any of that, it took God. Prayer and faith are what ultimately brought me to this very unexpected place, of which I am very grateful.”

An aspiring business mogul, she plans to continue her studies in business administration at the University of Mississippi.

She describes her time at Coahoma Community College as unforgettable. Latham is delighted to have met many phenomenal people and cherishes beautiful memories from the experience.

“A world of knowledge and opportunity was made available to me,” she said.

Latham regards every one of her instructors at Coahoma as incredible.

“I’d like to give a huge special thanks to my advisors, Ms. Deborah Carter, and Mr. Jeremy Pittman. They yielded an exceptional amount of support and guidance,” she added.

The daughter of David and Samantha Bell, she has completed her studies at CCC with an impressive 3.95 GPA.

Her perspective on life is captured in a Christian quote: “Faith is not believing that God can but knowing that God will.”               

Class of 2020 graduates will be honored by way of a virtual commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 10 a.m. Rep. Orlando Paden, an alumnus of the College as well as Alcorn State University, will present the keynote address.

Paden was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2015. He serves District 26, which is composed of Coahoma and Bolivar counties.

The ceremony will stream on official Coahoma Community College platforms, including the CCC website, its Facebook, and YouTube channel.