The following 2017 Deer Creek graduates have the distinction of being named as “Mississippi Scholars”:  Terrell Span, Cole Wicker, Anne Bailey Peyton, Ryan Lynchard, Vinceysha Bunton, Bailey Verble, and Hart Manus.  They are being recognized today at the Washington County Convention Center along with other scholars from Washington County.

The Mississippi Scholars Initiative is an education program managed by the Public Education Forum of Mississippi, which utilizes business leaders to motivate students to complete a rigorous course of study in high school.  This course path gives students a boost – not just for college but for life.

Mississippi Scholars Curriculum

4 credits must consist of:

  • English I (1)
  • English II (1)
  • English III (1)
  • English IV (1)


4 credits must consist of:

  • Algebra I (1)
  • Geometry (1)
  • Algebra II (1)
  • And one Carnegie Unit of comparable rigor and content may come from Mathematics courses approved for Mississippi Scholars Credit (


4 credits must consist of:

  • Biology I (1)
  • Chemistry (1)
  • Any two Carnegie Units of comparable rigor and content (Physics (1) preferred). Additionally, one Carnegie Unit may come from a Career Technical Education course.


4 credits must consist of:

  • World Geography (1/2)
  • Mississippi Studies (1/2)
  • World History Studies (1)
  • U.S. History (1)
  • U.S. Government (1/2)
  • Economics (1/2)


1 credit of:

  • One Carnegie Unit of visual and performing arts meeting the requirements for high school graduation or
  • 2 units for the completion of the 2 course sequence Computer Graphics Technology I & II


2 credits must consist of:

  • Two Foreign Languages or a 5th Math or 5th Science of higher rigor


  • 40 Hours of Community orVolunteer Service during 4 years of high school
  • 18 ACT Composite Score (Overall Score)
  • 2.5 cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 3 letters of recommendation (one from each of the following – principal, guidance counselor and business/community leader for students with more than 4 in-school suspensions)
  • 95% School Attendance during 4 years of high school
  • No out-of-school suspension
  • Mississippi Scholars must also complete any remaining State-mandated high school graduation requirements.
  • Advanced Placement courses may be substituted in Mississippi Scholars subject areas.
  • Dual credit and online courses are acceptable.