Elphage inks track scholarship with SMCC

Staff Report
Kacey Elphage, a recent graduate of Donaldsonville, signed a scholarship to Southwest Mississippi Community College recently. Attending her signing ceremony are, from left: cousins Claire Hill, Khloe Hill, uncle Karl Hill and mother Leslie Elphage.

Donaldsonville's Kacey Elphage recently signed a track and field scholarship to Southwest Mississippi Community College.

Elphage, a recent graduate, won back to back Class 2A state championships in the 100 meter hurdles in 2007 and 2008. Elphage also was the state runner-up in the 300 meter hurdles this year.

Elphage was also a mainstay on Donaldsonville's sprint relay teams, which regularly qualified for the state meet. 

Coach Charlie Floyd said Elphage will compete in the 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, 800 relay and 1600 relay.

Conception for Southwest Mississippi Community College began in 1908 when the Mississippi legislature enacted legislation allowing counties to establish agricultural high schools.

Pike County Agricultural High School opened on Sept. 3, 1918 and first offered college work in 1929. Second-year courses were added in 1932, when the school became a two-year junior college.

The name of the college was changed in 1988 to reflect the mission of the institution in meeting the various educational and public service needs of its district.

Still located on its original site, Southwest continues to grow and develop. The campus, located on a sixty-acre plot, includes twenty-eight buildings, a football stadium, and a baseball field.