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Mosley named Warren Central’s Class of 2020 valedictorian

Warren Central High School senior Nathan Mosley had a plan.

His plan was to graduate top in his class, and with hard work and dedication, Mosley reached his goal and was named valedictorian for the WCHS’s Class of 2020.

“The year before my freshman year I had a plan of what I needed to do in order to reach my goal of becoming the valedictorian,” Mosley said. “I planned to do this because I really felt like I could make my parents proud and it would push me to try my best in all my classes. Also, it is rare to see young black men like me in that position, so I felt like I could inspire others to do the same.”

Mosley is the son of Joe and Charlene Mosley and attended Dana Road and Bovina Elementary Schools, Vicksburg Intermediate, the Academy of Innovation and WCHS.

In addition to being named valedictorian, Mosley was also selected Mr. WCHS and listed in the WCHS Hall of Fame.

He was a member of the Key Club, Beta Club, Project Alpha Leadership Club, was a member of the Student Lead Team and served in leadership positions for the Warren Central student body. Mosley was also a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Madrigal Singers, G.I.V. E. (Gentlemen, Intelligence Valor Excellence) and Over 25 ACT Club.

He was an Academy Ambassador, Peer Tutor and served on the prom committee.

“First and foremost,” Mosley credited God for his successes. “He gives me the strength to be able to do all that I have done so far.”

Mosley also recognized his family for aiding in his accomplishments.

“They taught me that I should just try my best in all that I do and work smart and hard,” he said.

Like students from across the community, the Vicksburg Warren School District conducted a non-traditional graduation ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dressed in their caps and gowns, each graduate had an individual ceremony, which allowed for up to four friends or family members to come at assigned times.

These individual ceremonies were then videoed with graduates entering, walking across the stage and receiving their diploma.

“Not having a traditional graduation has been bittersweet, but I’m thankful that my school did the best they could in order for us to have something similar,” Mosley said. “I got to say my speech in front of my family and a few faculty, and although it wasn’t the ideal way I thought I would’ve said it, I was able to say it and others were able to hear it online, so that was better than nothing for me,” he said.

Mosley plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in pre-med/biomedical engineering.

Overall, he received 27 scholarships including an MSU Freshmen Academic Scholarship, a Key Club Scholarship, a Mutual Credit Union Scholarship, an ERDC Alumni Scholarship and a NextGen Scholarship.

Mosley received the Mark and Pamela Torres Loyalty Scholarship, Joe and Feeney Elliott Merit Health Scholarship, and Omicron Rho Lambda Educational Foundation Scholarship and was also chosen as an MSU Colvard Future Leader Scholar and was one of the 10 first-ever Lucky Day MSU Scholars.

In Mosley’s valedictorian speech, he encouraged his classmates to not let their path determine their purpose because their purpose is greater than their path, and he also said, “Don’t be afraid to fail because if you never fail you are not reaching high enough to achieve your goals.”

Time spent at WCHS, Mosley said, taught him to look on the bright side.

“Life will always go on and you should make the best of it,” he said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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