Mississippi School of the Arts 2020 Graduates


The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) is proud to honor the following Copiah County graduating seniors: R’Kedra Cummings, of Crystal Springs; Abigail Grace Matthews and Carla Smith, both of Hazlehurst.
Cummings studied in the theatre program at MSA and will attend the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall and major in acting. While attending MSA, she was a MS Scholar, in the Angel Network, and received the highest average in English IV.
Matthews studied in the vocal music program at MSA and was a member of the MSA Performance Troupe and a NATS State and Regional Finalist. She received over $100,000 in college scholarship offers. She will attend Southwest Mississippi Community College in the fall.
Smith studied in the theatre program at MSA and was a MSA Arts Ambassadors, a MS Scholar, and SGA Treasurer. She will attend Tougaloo College in the fall, where she plans to major in pre-med/biology.
Suzanne Hirsch, MSA’s Executive Director, had this to say about the graduating class of 2020. “As coronavirus has prompted changes in the traditional ways we normally celebrate our graduating seniors, it is our hope that students will recognize our respect for the immense hard work it has taken to get to this point in their lives. We do hope the education they have earned at MSA will serve them well. At MSA, we imagine, create, and realize a better world in which to live and work daily. It is our hope this graduating class will know how very important they are to this world. No matter where they go from here, they will make the world a better place.”
The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) is an 11th and 12th grade visual and performing arts residential, public high school located in Brookhaven. Students not only meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum, they receive special instruction in visual arts, vocal music, dance, literary arts, filmmaking/media arts and theatre.