Laurel High School senior named Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete

Laurel High School’s Kimberton Mai recently received the Mississippi High School Activities Association District Five Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete Award for his dedication to the soccer, football, golf and tennis teams while maintaining highest honors in academics.

Sixteen seniors from across the state were selected as Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes for 2018.

The honorees — one boy and one girl from high schools in each of the MHSAA’s eight geographical districts — were chosen for their academic accomplishments as well as their participation in high school athletics and extracurricular activities and were awarded a  $1,500 college scholarship.

“Kimberton has proven time and time again he is among the brightest mathematical minds that I have had the fortune to teach,” said LHS Math Teacher Josh Walters. “The fact that he manages a full class load of accelerated and AP classes with his participation on several athletic teams is a testament to his hard-working and determined nature as an athlete.”

Ranking eighth in the Laurel High School Class of 2018, Kimberton Mai, the son of Diep Mai and Tri Tran, plans to attend Mississippi State University where he will major in aerospace engineering with plans to pursue a doctorate degree. His future plans are to continue with researching, start a company or sign with a company like SpaceX or Boeing.

While at Laurel High School, He received first place in the Regional Science Fair in biochemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was awarded the Naval Academy Award for outstanding science fair project, the Teacher’s Award for advanced placement biology and was selected to participate in a prestigious research program with Project SEED at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was awarded the MSU Colvard Future Leader Scholarship and MSU Freshmen Academic Excellence Scholarship.

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