2011 Graduate – Laken Suddieth
In 1951, in the middle of a sleepy, flood plain, along the banks of the Pearl River, gathered a handful of people who talked of starting their own town. With little time behind them, they were granted a Charter in 1953 to incorporate the small town of Flowood, Mississippi. Fighting the elements of nature, they hung on. In 1962 came the big flood that instigated the levee system to be built along the Pearl River in Rankin County.
Mayor Chastain Flynt, the Board of Aldermen and the City Engineer, with a great vision and influential assistance, stabilized Flowood as a prosperous town. Businesses began to locate. Homes, schools and roads were built that would open access to the town.
In the spring of 1979, on Easter Sunday morning, the worst flooding disaster on record, encompassed all of Flowood. The levees held but the heavy rains left extensive damage. Mostly human spirit and faith took over. The towns leaders and supporting citizens found a determination to build a better and stronger town. As Flowood continues to grow, under watchful eyes, we will see the unveiling of a hand-crafted city that invites a prideful population to make it their own.
Here is one of Flowood’s own, Laken Suddieth. Laken graduated from Citizens’ last February . She only needed to complete her Senior year of high school to earn the diploma she set her sights on. Laken only took 3 months to finish a full academic year. Laken told us that she was in a hurry to get to college and jump start her career. Working at her own pace with Citizens’ curriculum allowed that to happen. Laken attended a couple public high schools before enrolling with us. She loved them, but wanted to move at a quicker pace. She is now into her second year of Para-legal studies at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi. She will finish this December. She intends to move to Tupelo and start her career with a law firm there. Laken is engaged to marry and enjoys scrapbooking with her free time. We doubt she has a lot of free time, however. She is an extremely motivated young woman. She is proud of herself for achieving a goal, but never satisfied. She continues to set goals for herself. Her motto is “Never stop setting goals, always have something to strive for.”
Laken has earned the distinct honor of being Citizens’ High School July Graduate of the Month.