For the eighth consecutive year, Delta Council will recognize high school graduates in the Mississippi Delta at Delta Council’s annual meeting, Friday, June 12, at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The honor graduates were nominated by their school administrators based on their academic achievement and community involvement.

Two seniors selected from each school district in the Delta, including public, parochial and private school nominees, will join their parents, beginning at 9 a.m., outside the Bologna Performing Arts Center for the 74th annual meeting of Delta Council.

After visiting with Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and other public officials and civic leaders from the Mississippi Delta, the honor graduates will be presented a certificate by Bryant and Mike Espy, former Mississippi congressman and secretary of agriculture, who will serve as the master of ceremony.

“Lt. Gov. Bryant and Secretary Espy are very aware of the roles students will potentially lead in the Mississippi Delta after graduation, and we are pleased that they are sending the message to our best and brightest that, after going to college and gaining a degree, they can come back home to make a difference,” said Delta Council President John Phillips of Yazoo City, Miss.

The selected seniors were chosen by their school administrators based on outstanding scholastic achievement and dedicated community involvement.

In addition, a $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the top Delta honor graduate as selected by higher education officials in the Delta. The scholarship, which has been presented the last six years, will be used to help defray tuition and expenses as the student’s college of choice sees fit.

The top Delta honor graduate will be recognized from the stage of the annual meeting during the business session.

The 74th Delta Council Annual Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. This year’s meeting is sponsored by BankPlus, Land Banks of Mississippi, Jimmy Sanders., Inc., and five organizations representing Voices of Mississippi Agriculture: Catfish Farmers of Mississippi; Corn Promotion Board; Cotton Incorporated; Rice Promotion Board, and Soybean Promotion Board.