While the McComb school board recenlty named two students co-valedictorians, the student who was recognized solely for the honor during the May 23 graduation will receive the car that was promised months earlier to MHS’ top graduate.
Tejay Patel will keep the 2017 Ford Fiesta donated by parent Heather Rawls, who won it and donated it at a back to school rally in August. Both Patel and Key’Miriah Barnes, who was introduced as saluatorian on the day of graduation, will share the top title. Talya Walker was named salutatorian.
School officials confirmed Monday that Patel, who received the hatchback on the night of graduation, will retain ownership of the vehicle.
The decision ends a month-long debate regarding the selection process for top honors, which had even higher stakes this year with the inclusion of the car.
School board officials apologized about the confusion in a statement delivered at the end of Thursday’s meeting.