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Briar Jones, Amy Ellis McReynolds, and Anne Stricklin inducted into 2015 SHS Hall of Famous

2015 SHS Hall of Famous inductees Anne Stricklin, Briar Jones, and Amy Ellis McReynolds.

2015 SHS Hall of Famous inductees Anne Stricklin, Briar Jones, and Amy Ellis McReynolds.

The Starkville Foundation for Public Education inducted Starkville High School Alumni Briar Jones, Amy Ellis McReynolds, and Anne Stricklin in to the Starkville High School Hall of Famous on June 9, 2015.

The Hall of Famous program, established in 1992 for the purpose of honoring alumni of the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, recognizes former students, faculty and friends who have, as a result of their association with SOCSD, made significant contributions to society.  Previous inductees are/were involved in education, medicine, military service, business and finance, the arts, and athletics.

Nominees must have graduated from Starkville High School, or the former East Oktibbeha, West Oktibbeha or Henderson High Schools at least 25 years ago; they must have made significant contributions to both community service and public education. Outstanding contributors to the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District may also be considered.

Briar Jones, SHS ’89
Briar Jones, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University, is a partner at Thomas Shelton Jones & Associates. He has distinguished himself as an architect, historic preservationist, supporter of the arts and artist in Mississippi and beyond. Jones’ leadership resume includes the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Board of Directors and Committee of 100, Mississippi Heritage Trust, Starkville Area Arts Council, the City of Starkville Historic Preservation Commission, as well as being an Eagle Scout. Jones is President-elect of the Starkville Rotary Club.

Jones has received multiple awards for his architectural projects, including Renasant Bank (Starkville), First State Bank (Meridian), the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Building, and the Wilkinson County African American Museum (Woodville). An award-winning artist, Jones’ works have been recognized locally and around the country.

Briar lives in Starkville with his wife Michelle and son Giles.

Amy Ellis McReynolds, SHS ’89
Amy McReynolds received her Bachelor of Science Elementary Education and Master of Science Elementary Education degrees from Mississippi State University. She holds two National Board Certifications (1999 and 2009) and has been an elementary and art teacher in the Starkville School District since 1993. McReynolds has been recognized multiple times for her outstanding contributions to teaching and education, including winning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (2008), Starkville School District Teacher of the Year (2008), and the Starkville Rotary Club Merrill Hawkins Award for Excellence in Education (2010).

McReynolds has broad experience mentoring and training teachers in Mississippi, and has served as a reviewer for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Other leadership includes serving as Elementary Vice President for the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics, District Representative for The Mississippi Professional Educators, serving on the Mississippi Mathematics Framework Revision Team, as well as being a double presenter at the National Staff Development Council Conference.

Amy and her husband Eddie have two children, Lawson and Reece.

Anne Stricklin, SHS ’88
Anne Stricklin received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Arts in English from Mississippi State University. She has been a tremendous advocate for the Starkville School District since returning home to Starkville in 2008. Since that time, Stricklin has served as PTA President of both Overstreet and Ward Stewart Elementary Schools as well as Executive PTO President of the Starkville School District. She has served on several Starkville School District councils and committees in both official and unofficial capacities, including the Superintendent’s Roundtable the Strategic Planning Team. She organized the Overstreet School History Project as well as the Maroon Friday Tee Shirt Project, which to date has netted over $12,000 for SSD’s PTO.

Stricklin’s impact on the Starkville/Oktibbeha County School District consolidation cannot be understated. She has tirelessly worked to garner support for consolidation, engaging leaders on both local and state levels, and dedicated herself to promoting public education in Starkville and beyond.

Anne and her husband Scott have two children, Abby and Sophie.

Call for nominations for Hall of Famous occurs early in the calendar year and will be announced on our Facebook page. For criteria and additional requirements please contact us via email:

Past inductees include:

2014
Tommy Tomlinson (1971)

2013
Steve Brandon, M.D. (1978)

2012
Marty Fuller, PhD. (1976)

2011
Morris Adams (1944)

2010
Finis Harrell Josey, DVM (1942)
Allen Sills, PhD. (1982)

2009
William Eckhardt (1959)
Roy Perkins (1979)

2008
Kay Kellog Katz (1956)
Roy Pollard (1974)

2007
Shirly Anne James Hanshaw (1965)
May Rush Gwin Waggoner (1959)

2006
J. Paul Thaxton, PhD. (1959)
Walter B. Williams (1957)

2003
John Robert Arnold (1941)
Richard Homles, M.D. (1963)
Sam Scales (1938)

2002
Omis Hugh Avant (1960)
Reverend Ralph King, Jr. (1942)

2001
Rosa Ella Perkins Evans (1967)
Lucious Outlaw (1963)

2000
Hunter Cohern (1937)
Steve Parvin, M.D. (1960)
James Smith, PhD. (1982)

1999
Martha Swain, PhD. (1947)

1998
Mary Winfred Gray (1961)

1997
Anita S. Henderson, M.D. (1983)
Clara Wade Truesdell, M.D. (1981)

1996
Carrol Sidney Adams, Jr. First Lieutenant (1939)
John A. Peeples, Jr. (1944)
Emmet H. “Mickey” Walker, Jr. Lieutenant General (1941)

1994
Wallace Colvard (1967)
Helen Young Hayes (1980)

1995
Coach Jack Nix

1992
Quincey Hillard, PhD. (1972)
Alfred H. Perkins (1957)

1991
Larry Box, PhD. (1962)