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Passionate People speak on various interests to New Albany students

Passionate People Moises Lemus, owner of El Agave addresses students
This summer New Albany High School planned sessions entitled “Passionate People” as part of its 21st Century Community Learning Center’s summer programming.   Through this youth development and character education series, middle and high school students are exposed to people who are passionate about their interests, hobbies, careers, or businesses.
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Moises Lemus, owner of El Agave, addresses students

The third session of Passionate People was held on Tuesday, June 13.   Moises Lemus, owner of El Agave, discussed starting and operating a restaurant, as well as skills needed to be successful in owning a business. (PP Moises Lemus)

On June 14, the guest speaker was (Cadillac Funk) who shared his gift of music with the students. He encouraged students to set goals and be intentional.

Andrew Yurkow, Cadillac Funk

Tarver Reeder, Boys & Girls Club

On June 19, New Albany High and Mississippi State graduate reminded students to never stop learning, find a mentor, and the importance of being flexible. On June 20, Marquel Conner, the director of the Boys & Girls Club-New Albany Unit. His “talk” emphasized the importance of listening, hard work, and overcoming difficult times.

Ginna Parsons, newspaper writer and editor

Ginna Parsons was the guest speaker for the 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Summer Program, Passionate People, on Wednesday, June 21.  Parsons is the food, home, and garden editor for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and is known for her weekly “Cook of the Week” column.   Parsons discussed her career as a writer and how her passion for cooking evolved into her current job with the paper.


Melanie Shannon – New Albany School District

Public Relations, District Test Coordinator, 21st CCLC Project Director

Fax.     (662)534-3608
301 Highway 15 North
New Albany, MS 38652
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