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Ceremony of Lights 2015

After this past Sunday's Ceremony of Lights, the Class of 2017 is now officially a part of the MSMS family.

The Ceremony of Lights is a tradition as old as the school itself. During the ceremony, MSMS students are reminded of the four MSMS ideals of Scholarship, Service, Creativity, and Community; and they each pledge to uphold those ideals as they make their mark on this special institution.

2015 Ceremony of Lights speakers: Mr. Geof Morris (Class of 1997), Mr. Wade Leonard (Class of 1999), Mr. Dillon Allen (Class of 1996), and Mrs. Karen Clay (Class of 1998).

2015 Ceremony of Lights speakers: Mr. Geof Morris (Class of 1997), Mr. Wade Leonard (Class of 1999), Mr. Dillon Allen (Class of 1996), and Mrs. Karen Clay (Class of 1998).

Mr. Deldrick Adams (MSMS Class of 2016), Mr. Matthew Sarpong (Class of 2015), Mr. Quinn Massengill (Class of 2015), and Ms. Michelle Li (Class of 2016) also spoke at the event.

Mr. Deldrick Adams (MSMS Class of 2016), Mr. Matthew Sarpong (Class of 2015), Mr. Quinn Massengill (Class of 2015), and Ms. Michelle Li (Class of 2016) also spoke at the event.

The school selects invites four speakers, typically graduates of the school, to help instill the importance of each Ideal to the collected student body. This year Mr. Dillon Allen (Class of 1996) spoke on Service, Mr. Geof Morris (Class of 1997) spoke on Scholarship, Mrs. Karen Clay (Class of 1998) spoke on Creativity, and Mr. Wade Leonard (Class of 1999) spoke on Community.

I promise, to each member of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, to do my best to uphold the Ideals of Scholarship, Service, Creativity, and Community.
— The MSMS Pledge
Each candle represents one of the MSMS Ideals. They are Scholarship, Service, Creativity, and Community.

Each candle represents one of the MSMS Ideals. They are Scholarship, Service, Creativity, and Community.

During each speech, a candle was lit to symbolize each ideal.

Following the presentation, the junior class was invited swear to uphold these ideals by publicly signing a pledge. Finally, each student collected a single piece of a puzzle, symbolizing that the class could not function as a whole without all its members.

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