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West Jones High School
          254 Springhill Rd.
          Laurel, MS  39443
           Phone (601) 729-8144       Fax (601) 729-8148


Mrs. Lott and Mrs. Lowe's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes just completed a unit on robotics. Students were to assemble the robot and its accessories then program it to perform certain assigned tasks. Some of the assignments included stopping on a dark line, hitting a red ball and reacting to sound.

WJHS Senior, Erik Caves, recently competed in the senior scholarship competition at the State Beta Convention in Tupelo where he was runner-up and won $1000.00.
West Jones High School announces recipients of Sertoma Jr. of Month:
September-Samantha Dean; October-Hallie Pimperl; November-Abbey Graham; January-Blake Beach; February-Morgan Breitling; March-Quentin Buck
Pictured: Seated--Pimperl, Graham, Dean
Standing: Breitling, Beach, Buck

West Jones Senior Beta members recently attended the State Beta Convention in Tupelo. WJH Junior, Jada Speed, was elected to serve as the Mississippi Beta Club Secretary for 2014-15. She will compete for National Beta Club Secretary in June.
WJH Senior, Ethan Davis, was selected as a John W. Harris Leadership Award Winner. Ethan is one of twenty-five Senior Beta members selected for this award nationwide and the only student from Mississippi to be recognized with this honor.
West Jones High School Senior Beta members recently attended the State Beta Convention in Tupelo and came home with many awards. Shelby Ishee competed in the acrylic art competition and won 1st place. Morgan Clark won first place in the pencil drawing competition. Blake Pryor placed 2nd in the banner competition. Competitors for Group Talent were Tori Gieger, Brittany Matthews, Carter Poister, Austin Stringer, Carly Shoemake, and Anna Claire Smith who received runner-up. They performed an original mash-up of "Say Something" and "Brave" featuring a pianist, violinist, guitarist, and singers. All of these winners have earned a bid to compete at the National Beta Convention in June.
Pictured are: Standing--Shoemake, Smith, Clark, Matthews, Gieger, and Ishee
Seated---Pryor and Poister
Not Pictured--Austin Stringer

The West Jones High School Peer Council hosted the Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast on March 21 in honor of all the area law officers. Guests from the Jones County Sheriff's Department and Laurel Police Department were treated to a breakfast buffet. WJ Peer Council would like to say thanks to all law officers for their service to the community! Peer Council teacher is Denise Graves.
Picture 1: Officers enjoying breakfast.
Picture 2: Peer Council with Sergeant Michelle Howell, K-9 Officer with Jones County Sheriff's Department
Standing---Nicole Rivera, Rodria Hudgies, Samantha Dean, Hunter Dyess, Alex Roberts, Brianna Riley, Allison Presley, Bethany Logan, Brooke Stringer, Mercedez Chao, Sergeant Howell, Ali Green, Preston Coleman, Sydney Kitchens
Seated---Auston Pitts, Taylor Zachary, Savanah Shows, Kade Green
The West Jones High School Peer Council participated in National Kick Butts Day on March 19. This national day of activism empowers youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control against the tobacco industry. Goals for the day were to raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use and to encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco free. Peer Council members created posters to help spread the word to "BE SMOKE FREE!!" Peer Council teacher is Denise Graves.
Pictured are:
Auston Pitts, Nicole Rivera, Preston Coleman, Bethany Logan, Savanah Shows, Taylor Zachary, Sydney Kitchens, Mercedez Chao, Rodria Hudgies, Hunter Dyess, Allison Presley, Samantha Dean, Brianna Riley, Ali Green, Kade Green
Collyn Bassett, Austin Stringer, and Jean Carlos Rivera were chosen to have work published in the National Spanish Honor magazine, ALBRICIAS. Each won $35 from the magazine. All three are students at West Jones High School and are taking AP Spanish with Mrs. Polly Klutts.  
High Five Winners for March 7
Hannah Summerlin and Kyanna Allen
High Five Winners for March 21
Mackenzie Hoffman and Daianna Hawkins
The West Jones H.S.  baseball team recently hosted their annual Youth Hitting Clinic @ Mustang Field in Soso. Approximately 50 area players, ages 6 to 12 received expert hitting instruction from Coach Joey Ward and the Mustang Baseball team. Once again, making a special appearance at the clinic was Washington Nationals outfielder/1st baseman Tyler Moore.

Senior National Art Honor Society student Megan Grafton received Honorable Mention with her acrylic painting at the Fifth Annual William Carey University scholarship competition. Megan’s artwork is exhibited in the Lucile Parker Gallery.

Ten eighth grade students from West Jones Middle School were selected to attend the 9th Annual Horizons Unlimited Mentoring Day which was held at the Jones County Career and Technical Center. The mentoring program is an excellent tool in recruiting middle school students and informing them about the programs offered at the Center. To identify interested students, an essay competition was held in the Technology Foundations classes taught by Rose West and Denise Graves. The essay entitled "Setting Goals for Future Dreams" was written to discuss nontraditional career opportunities. Female students discussed why they were interested in pursuing careers in Collision Repair, Auto Service, Welding, and Drafting. Likewise, male students addressed an interest in Health Science, Culinary Arts, and Teacher Academy. Winners of the essay contest attended a fieldtrip to the Career Center to take part in classroom activities.
Pictured are:
Front: Amanda Almaaita, Skye Randall, Madyson Mann, Isabella Smith, Nataleigh Duran
Back: Jacob Graves, Quest Lubin, Ethan Beasley, Gage Hutto, Christian Coker
Michael Artman, former USM baseball player and Cancer Survivor, was guest speaker during a recent Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting. His inspirational message was an encouragement for all in attendance. He was invited by Hudson Harris, WJ Baseball player and FCA officer. Pictured are Samantha Dean, FCA president; Michael Artman; and Hudson Harris.
High Five Winners Week --Feb 7
Mariah Mitchell and Ashlea Driver
High Five Winners Week Feb. 21:
Cameron Ward and Dalton Langley

WJ Basketball Pink Out Game
West Jones High School Mustang Basketball teams celebrated with breast cancer survivors during half-time of the Stone County game on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The annual "Pink Out" event honored friends, family members, and guests dealing with this disease.
Pictured are friends, family, and guests with the Mustang teams!
West Jones High School administration was honored to receive a special hand-designed mirror created by Michael Rivas in memory of his son, West Jones student Chris Rivas, who passed away in October 2012. The beautiful mirror will be placed in the Middle School office.
Pictured are: Marie Keyes, WJ Middle School Principal; Cathy Wooten, Middle School Secretary; Mr. Rivas; and Doreen Hill-Brown, Middle School Counselor.

Congratulations to the 13 West Jones Band members for their selection and participation in the 46th annual SEMBDA Honor Band Clinic.  The weekend clinic was recently held at JCJC on January 31st and February 1st.  High School and Middle School students from all across Southeast Mississippi were selected for the Honor Band Clinic through an audition process that took place in early January.

The West Jones High School AP Spanish class portrayed a Hispanic artist. Written and spoken in Spanish, the students used Prezi to demonstrate the significance of the art as each one informed the class of the biography of the artist. Students dressed to reflect the artist. AP Spanish teacher is Pauline Klutts.
Jarred Milliman, Ethan Davis, Gilberto Rodriguez, Seņora Klutts, Abby Hill, Jean Carlos Rivera are pictured.

The West Jones Peer Council recently visited North Jones Elementary and West Jones Elementary teaching "Tar Wars" to 4th and 5th graders. The purpose of "Tar Wars" is to bring awareness to the harmful effects of tobacco, whether smoke or smokeless. Peer Council members prepared numerous activities, posters, and games to help the students better understand the severe consequences of tobacco use. Peer Council teacher is Denise Graves. Also helping with "Tar Wars" was Jones County School District Nurse, Charlene Hill.
Pictured are:
Front: Allison Presley, Samantha Dean, Auston Pitts, Brooke Stringer
Middle: Brianna Riley, Ali Green, Kade Green, Taylor Zachary, Savanah Shows, Preston Coleman, Nicole Rivera
Back: Alex Roberts, Hunter Dyess, Rodria Hudgies, Mercedez Chao, Bethany Logan, Sydney Kitchens
High Five Winners for the week of Jan. 24:
Cameron Ward and Antoine Kirk
While studying heat, West Jones High School Physics students constructed hot air balloons. Students determined the volume of air, mass of air and balloon then calculated the lift off temperature.

Ninth grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students constructed a "trash to treasure" project while studying a unit on sustainable design. Each student was to take 3 trash items (items of no use) and turn them into 1 treasure item (item that can now have a use).

JCJC Cheerleader, Brooke Miley, was the guest speaker at WJH's weekly FCA meeting. Brooke has undergone a heart transplant and has overcome cancer, twice!! She talked about her deep love for Christ and her dependency on Him. Her message of perseverance in times of adversity was truly inspirational and encouraging! West Jones FCA meets weekly on Thursday mornings at 7:15 in the gym. Everyone is welcome!!

On Saturday, December 21st, West Jones 8th grade girls beat Northeast Jones to win the Jones County Championship. Players are Darianna Hawkins, Terralyn Ulmer, Raymeshia Keys, Keyasha McDonald, Cheyenne Hodgson,Sylenna Taylor, Myesha Bender, Alexus Walley, Felicia Ellis, and Coach Sharon Pendarvis.

West Jones students were recently recognized for achievements at the annual Jones County 4H awards banquet for showing livestock for West Jones FFA and 4-H. Joseph Harrison and John Harrison received pins for showing swine. Amanda Grice was recognized for 1st place judging team and showing swine and goats.

Pictured: Joseph Harrison, Amanda Grice, John Harrison

The West Jones High School Peer Council members helped the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in preparing for the Annual Christmas Child Party. Peer Council members can be seen creating festive name tags for the 11 students adopted by the various sports teams!Merry Christmas from Peer Council!!
High Five Winners Week Dec. 6
Damion Cunningham and Triston Little
High Five Winners for Dec. 19:
Jon Hamilton and Jessica Lopez
These students won a free book at the Book Fair.
Hope Myrick, Dawn Woodson, Joshua Cooper, Angelina Mendez, Madison Shoemake, Joshua Brady, Malex Jasper. Not pictured is Andrew Parker.
High Five Winners for the Week of Nov. 22
Brandon Campbell and Jonathan Hamilton

West Jones senior Kaitlyn Byrd won 6 first place blue ribbons for her arts and crafts entries at the South Ms. State Fair in Laurel and the Ms. State Fair in Jackson.

Art students won 336 first place blue ribbons, 121 red ribbons, 20 white ribbons, and two green ribbons.

The West Jones Jr. High Student Council just completed their turkey teacher fundraiser. Each year, WJMS first period classes compete in making their teacher "Turkey Teacher." The first period class raising the most money wins a complimentary breakfast provided by Student Council. The winning teacher receives a turkey just in time for Thanksgiving. For the second year in a row, Coach Brent Freeman raised the most money overall and his first period class raised the most of all other first period classes. Student Council members and sponsors would like to congratulate Coach Freeman and thank him for all his enthusiasm in supporting this fundraiser each year and his efforts to encourage all students to take part in this fundraiser. The proceeds are used to fill shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for less fortunate children around the world. We would like to also thank all teachers and students who supported this fundraiser. This year, more boxes were filled than have ever been filled in previous years. There was enough money raised to not only help make Christmas special for children around the world, but to also help us provide Christmas for several needy children in our own middle school. A special thanks to a few local businesses, that graciously helped support this service project and contributed to it being such a success this year: B&R Industrial Supply, Hudson Machine Shop, and Freeman Repair and Improvements.
To promote the Great American Smoke-Out, West Jones Peer Council members dressed as "Death" and marched in the "Grim Reaper" procession. Council members represented people who have died due to tobacco related illnesses. Marching with the Peer Council were Justin Breland and Chase Brown, both drummers with the Mustang Pride, who played cadence for the march. Also marching were Peer Council Sponsor--Denise Graves, Jones County Tobacco Nurse--Charlene Hill, and Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator--Teresa Harrison.
Pictured are:
Front: Grim Reaper--Alex Roberts
1st: Nicole Rivera, Brooke Stringer, Savanah Shows, Taylor Zachary
2nd: Bethany Logan, Auston Pitts, Mercedez Chao, Preston Coleman
3rd: Sydney Kitchens, Samantha Dean, Rodira Hudgies, Brianna Riley
4th: Hunter Dyess, Allison Presley, Ali Green, Kade Green
Top: Denise Graves, Teresa Harrison, Charlene Hill
West Jones Junior High Student Council is giving "Thanks" through "giving". The student council members brought canned food items during the month of November. The items were donated to a food ministry at Pleasant Home Baptist Church. Pleasant Home has a food pantry outreach program that feeds local families in our community. The Student Council and sponsors, would like to thank Mrs. Alicia Genna, Mrs. Megan Evans and Mrs. Karen Matthews for their assistance with this service project.
Pictured from left to right: Jess Cooley (Junior High Student Council President), Jon Micah Coleman, Josh Messemore (council members) and Karen Matthews (Pleasant Home Baptist Church )
West Jones Junior Beta Club donated over 90 gallons of food to the Christian Food Mission. The club donated various types of vegetables, remembering that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Pictured l to right
1st row: Madison Gieger, Bria Sims, Anna Bookout, Jared Knotts, Lexey Butler, and MacKenize Jordan
2nd row: Grace Taylor, Hannah Byrd, Alyssa Ezell, Madison Shoemake, Hailey Gilman

"The West Jones Jr. High Student Council recently completed their "Turkey Teacher" fundraiser to raise money for Operation Christmas Child. The council raised over $1,000 and were able to pack 30 boxes for underpriviledged children."
1st Row L to R: Walker Thompson, Haden Boyd, Kade Hancock, Brandon Kilpatrick
2nd Row L to R: Elisha Rogers, Hannah Harrison, Macayla Johnson, Colson Harris, Anna Grace Gieger, Kate Broome, Carly Hill, Anna Margaret Kilgore, Kennedy Jordan, Maylen Dry, Allie James, Holly Smith
3rd Row L to R: Kade Matthews, Josh Messemore, Jon Micah Coleman, Connor Hicks, Slade Hicks, Jess Cooley, Jack Taylor, Hannah Byrd, Madison Gieger, Eva Kiporizoska, Elena Beth Dearman, Olivia Williams, Regan Todd
High Five Winners for Week of Nov. 1
Chris Coston and Colson Harris
High Five Winners for Week of Nov. 15
Ashlea Driver and Taylor Stauffer

The West Jones High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently completed their October mission project--collecting items for Love in Action. FCA members collected, boxed, and delivered health and hygiene products and cleaning supplies to be used by Mrs. Polly Coker as she shares God's love in this ministry.
Pictured are some of the 8th grade FCA members:
Front: River Howell, Ali James, Evan Bynum, Carolyn Barlow, Matt Boykin, Caleb Kelley
Back: Brandon Garrett, Hunter Sims, Brandon Waldrup, Collin Walters, Cassie Winship, Aaron Powell
Batman visited the West Jones High School students in Cindy Hill and Mary Margaret Graves' classes on Halloween Day! The students were being treated to a party hosted by the Peer Council! 

Congratulations to West Jones High School Sophomore Hudson Harris for being selected this year's HOBY (Hugh O' Brian Youth Leadership) candidate. HOBY candidates exhibit strong decision making skills, critical thinking and charismatic personality. HOBY'S vision is to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within the global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership. Hudson will attend Millsaps College in the summer for a leadership seminar. Hudson is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Chad Harris of the Shady Grove community.


West Jones Mustang Pride members along with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Pride Band performed at the Rock during a recent half time show featuring music from Chicago.  Band members spinning mace in the performance were Tabitha Wade and John Harrison.  Band members marching in the performance were Joseph Harrison, Shane Sims, Blake Pryor.  Color Guard members performing were Kimberly White, Kaitlyn Byrd, and Rachel Shields.

West Jones Guard members Kimberly White and Rachel Shields attended  All South Guard Camp at the University of Southern Mississippi where received awards first place ribbons, medals, and four certificates for overall guard performance in competition.

Members of the West Jones High School Peer Council attended Main Event on October 22 at the Train Depot in Laurel to kick-off Red Ribbon Week!! Peer Council members along with other students from NEJ, SJ, and Laurel Middle listened to many motivational speakers encouraging them to be leaders on campus in spreading the word to be DRUG FREE!
The West Jones Jr. High Student Council attended the Jr. High Student Council Leadership Workshop at JCJC on October 16. The students participated in team building and leadership activities with the JCJC Student Government Association. Pictured Left to Right: Row 1: Elisha Rogers, Hannah Byrd, Anna Margaret Kilgore, Kate Broome, Allie James. Row 2: Regan Todd, Olivia Williams, Madison Gieger, Holly Smith, Anna Grace Gieger, Macayla Johnson. Row 3: Eva Kiporizaska, Elena-Beth Dearman, Maylen Dry, Kennedy Jordan, Carly Hill, Hannah Harrison.
Row 4: Jon Micah Coleman, Kade Matthews, Kade Hancock, Colson Harris, Walker Thompson, Slade Hicks
Row 5:Josh Messemore, Haden Boyd, Conner Hicks, Brandon Kilpatrick, Jess Cooley, Jack Taylor

West Jones High School Junior, Hallie Pimperl, was recently selected as Sertoma Club Student of the Month for October. She chose Mrs. Danielle Todd as Teacher of the Month. Congratulations!
High Five Winners for Week of Oct. 11
Sylenna Taylor and Jack Taylor

Queen: Hunter Eady
Student Body Maids: Sanclaire Rouland and Madison Smith Football Maids: Ashley Dickerson and Jordan Holifield Senior Maids: Mia Bridges and Brittany Matthews Junior Maids: Destiny Clark and Carly Shoemake Sophomore Maids: Chandler Moore and Taylor Zachary Freshman Maids: Allison Melton and Kelby Husser (not pictured)

Business Teachers Attend MBEA

On Friday, September 27, 2013, three Jones County teachers attended the Mississippi Business Education Association annual conference in Pearl, MS. Lyndie Lyon, WJ Business Education; Becky Tew, NEJ STEM; and Debbie Griffin, NEJ Business Education attended various workshops learning new technology skills and hearing from knowledgeable industry leaders. Keynote speaker was Dr. Ronnie McGeHee, Superintendent of the Madison County School District. Madison County is one of the first county school districts to achieve an "A" rating on the statewide accountability model. At the board meeting, Ms. Lyndie Lyon was sworn in as the High School Representative for the Executive Board and will serve for three years in that position.



Kate Broom and Nevagant Jones

High Five Winners for Sept. 27
Each week, two students are honored in the Middle School for being chosen as the High Five Winner of the week. This award is given to a student who has been "caught in the act" of doing something positive; therefore, supporting good behavior. The High Five stands for 1)Be Safe; 2) Be Responsible; 3) Be Respectful; 4) Be Honest; and 5)Be Your Best!!





The West Jones High School Peer Council recently taught “Scrubby Bears” to kindergarten and 1st grade students at West Jones Elementary and North Jones Elementary. Council members read stories, played games, and participated in hands-on activities with the students while teaching about health and hygiene. Peer Council sponsor is Denise Graves. Jones County's Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator is Teresa Harrison.

Pictured are: front l-r---Auston Pitts, Samantha Dean, Mercedez Chao, Brooke Stringer, Savanah Shows, Taylor Zachary, Allison Presley, Bethany Logan, Nicole Rivera

Back l-r---Rodria Hudgies, Preston Coleman, Sydney Kitchens, Kade Green, Brianna Riley, Ali Green, Hunter Dyess, Alex Roberts



High Five Winners for Sept. 20
E ach week, two students are honored in the Middle School for being chosen as the High Five Winner of the week. This award is given to a student who has been "caught in the act" of doing something positive; therefore, supporting good behavior. The High Five stands for 1)Be Safe; 2) Be Responsible; 3) Be Respectful; 4) Be Honest; and 5)Be Your Best!!

High Five Winners for Sept. 13
E ach week, two students are honored in the Middle School for being chosen as the High Five Winner of the week. This award is given to a student who has been "caught in the act" of doing something positive; therefore, supporting good behavior. The High Five stands for 1)Be Safe; 2) Be Responsible; 3) Be Respectful; 4) Be Honest; and 5)Be Your Best!!

West Jones Fellowship of Christian Athletes joined other Jones County FCA groups in partnering with Mission Mississippi, in the Mississippi Glowing for Christ event, to proclaim Jesus Christ to the State of Mississippi as we travel through all 82 counties carrying a lighted cross – the symbol of Christ's sacrifice for all mankind. The Mustang Soccer Teams represented WJH in this event!!

Friday, September 20, 2013, the West Jones Middle School Art Department and 8th grade English students took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” approximately 300 pinwheels with messages of peace.

students: Hayden Stokley, Hannah Harrison, Jake Corley, Blake Todd, Jeanie Ni, Cindy Ngo, Danielle Evans, Priscilla Mata, Paulleen Lam

Pinwheels for Peace Info

West Jones Middle School students in Rita Wilson's health classes learned aerobic exercise moves with parent volunteer, Stephanie Harris. What a way to complete the unit..."Physical Activity for Life"!!!

September 19, 2013 was the "It Can Wait--Don't Text and Drive" National Pledge Day, which places emphasis on the dangers of texting and driving! The West Jones Peer Council hosted a sidewalk display encouraging fellow students to make the pledge to never text and drive! Approximately 250 students signed pledge cards.
Peer Council members pictured are: Kade Green and Brianna Riley

West Jones High School Varsity Cheerleaders greeted students on Friday morning, Sept. 6, providing some MUSTANG SPIRIT to set the tone for the day!! GO MUSTANGS!!



Each week, two students are honored in the Middle School for being chosen as the High Five Winner of the week. This award is given to a student who has been "caught in the act" of doing something positive; therefore, supporting good behavior. The High Five stands for 1)Be Safe; 2) Be Responsible; 3) Be Respectful; 4) Be Honest; and 5)Be Your Best!!



West Jones student, Shelby Ishee, competed at  National Beta Convention held in Mobile,  Alabama, June 20, 2013 through June 22, 2013  where she placed as a top ten finalist in the art competition. Shelby received the invitation to compete after winning 2nd place honors at the Mississippi Beta Convention held in Tupelo, Mississippi, back in February.







West Jones High School class of 2013 Valedictorian, Ariel Young, won 1st place in the Creative Writing Competition at the National Beta Convention, which was held this summer.
West Jones faculty and staff are proud of this awesome accomplishment!


Pictured left to right

John Harrison, Chris Lyman(former USM drum major), Tabitha Wade (West Jones High School Marching Band Drum Major)

West Jones High School Marching Band members John Harrison and Drum Major Tabitha Wade recently attended Southern Miss All-South Drum Major and Guard Camp. They were instructed by Chris Lyman (former USM Pride Drum Major) and Alli Webb ( former Drum Major at JCJC) on techniques in conducting and mace work. John and Tabitha were recognized for leadership and performance with certificates.



Mississippi State University Vet Camp

 West Jones High School FFA members Joseph Harrison      and John Harrison received scholarships to attend MSU Vet Camp in June. The week long camp was filled with learning experiences taught by the instructors at the MSU School of Veterinarian Science. Joseph and John interned a night in the ER. They attended labs in Critical care, Anatomy, CPC, Suture, Dental, Equine, Micro, Bovine, Darting, Diagnostic imaging, and small ruminants. They attended a course in Careers in veterinary medicine, small animal health, behavior, and handling, as well as an Equine behavior and handling, care/ferrier lab. Joseph was presented the ferrier award on awards day. John was presented with the microbiology award on awards day. They volunteered in the shelter medicine mobile unit.

Greeting Future Mustangs!!
Several members of the West Jones High School Mustang Football Team visited West Jones Elementary on Friday, August 30 to promote school spirit. These players, along with Coach Pierson, greeted the students in the drop off line by opening doors, giving high-fives and sharing huge smiles! Way to go Mustangs!!

West Jones High School Welcomes
New Teachers for 2013-2014

Pictured Above: Front (L-R) Melissa Kinsey, Kathi Lott, Lyndie Lyon, and Amanda White
Back (L-R) Catrina Taylor, Justin Stringer, Todd Siders, Mary Loper, Tracy Rogers, and Chanse Yelverton