Two Holmes Community College alumnae, Taylor Adcock of Sallis (Class of '16) and Lily Fran McCrory of Lexington (Class of '15), each recently received early admittance into professional school programs. Adcock was admitted to School of Pharmacy at The University of Mississippi and McCrory received admittance to medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Both young ladies will begin their programs in the fall of 2017.
Adcock, who was named All-Mississippi Academic Team - First Team - during the spring of 2016, is the daughter of Jeremy and Beth Adcock. A graduate of Central Holmes Christian School, she was active in multiple organizations on the Holmes Goodman Campus during her two years as a student, and graduated top of her class as a valedictorian.
Chemistry instructor Heather Jones had the opportunity to work with both of these students as their chemistry teacher and Holmes Plus adviser.
"Taylor Adcock was such an inspiration to teach," Jones said. "She has a strong desire to learn. She will make a great pharmacist with her big heart and outgoing personality."
Adcock was a member of Holmes Plus, the Baptist Student Union (BSU), and served as executive officer for college projects for Phi Theta Kappa honor society. During the Phi Theta Kappa Mississippi-Louisiana Regional Convention, she received the Order of the Golden Key; a top honor to acquire. Adcock was also named the 2015-2016 HEADWAE student recipient for Holmes.
"I enjoyed every minute of being at Holmes," Adcock said. "I did not realize it, but within the two short years I was there it impacted my life in a major way, and it became my home. I will forever be thankful for the teachers, staff, and friends that came into my life. They are one of the reasons that I can say I was admitted into the early decision group."
McCrory, who was the 2014-2015 HEADWAE student recipient for Holmes, is the daughter of Frankie and Robin McCrory. Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP). She was selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP), which identifies up to 20 college sophomores who demonstrate the necessary commitment and academic achievement to become competent, well-trained rural primary care physicians in the magnolia state.
"I knew there was something special about Lily Fran from the moment I met her," Jones said. "She is such a determined, well studied student. She never settles for less than perfection, which will make her an amazing physician."
A current student a Mississippi State University, McCrory graduated Holmes with a 4.0 and was named a valedictorian. At Holmes, she was a President's List scholar, a Phi Theta Kappa officer, a member of BSU, of Holmes Plus, and voted Sophomore Class Favorite. In addition to being reporter for the Holmes Goodman Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, McCrory was also the regional reporter for the honor society. Her career goal is to become an OB/GYN and practice in rural Mississippi.
"I can definitely say that Holmes prepared me for medical school," McCrory said. "I took all of my prerequisites at Holmes, and the instructors there were nothing but supportive. Between the mock interviews that helped me land the Mississippi Rural Physician Scholarship, and my instructors writing recommendation letters in a very efficient manner, I would say Holmes is more like a family than anything. Some of my old instructors even came to watch me speak at Rotary Club in Lexington during their Spring Break. Although I'm at Mississippi State, I still keep in touch with my Holmes instructors, and I can say, they truly provided me with the foundation to succeed at MSU, and now for medical school at UMMC."