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Elected officials commend 2013 NJCAA football champions

Release date: March 3, 2014

 

The Meridian City Council and Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors have presented East Mississippi Community College with commendations recognizing the school’s 2013 NJCAA national championship football team, coaches and staff.  Both ceremonies were held during recent regular meetings. The commendations noted that the Lion football team has brought positive recognition to EMCC, including three MACJC state football championships in the last five years, and two NJCAA national championships in last three years.​ ​

Pictured before the Meridian City Council ceremony are, front row from left, EMCC assistant football coach Marcus Wood and 2013 EMCC linebacker Laderrick Roberts, an alumnus of Meridian High School who has signed with Georgia Southern University.  In the second row are Council President Dr. George Thomas of Ward 1, Ward 3 Councilwoman Barbara Henson and EMCC Vice President for Athletics Mickey Stokes. In the third row are EMCC Police Chief James Archer Sallis, who also works with the football team, Ward 5 Councilman Randy Hammon, Ward 2 Councilman Kenneth Markham and Ward 4 Councilwoman Kim Houston.

Pictured during the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors’ ceremony are, from left, District 2 Supervisor Wayman Newell, EMCC Vice President for Athletics Mickey Stokes, EMCC head football coach Buddy Stephens, Supervisors Board President Josh Todd of District 3 and District 5 Supervisor Kyle Rutledge. Not pictured are District 1 Supervisor Hank Florey and
District 4 Supervisor Joe Norwood.

​The commendations also noted these athletic and academic accomplishments for the 2013-14 school year: 1) cumulative 2.90 grade point average; 2) 18 players who graduated in December with a cumulative 2.50 GPA who are Division I eligible under the new NCAA standards; 3) six players chosen as NJCAA All-Americans; 4) 14 players who signed letters of intent with four-year colleges and universities during the mid-year signing period; and 5) Junior College Coach of the Year honors for head football coach Buddy Stephens.  ​
 
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