Joshlyn Patterson, daughter of Yolanda Griffin and Joe Patterson, has been named valedictorian of Ashland High School for the Class of 2019. She is also one of four to be the first to ever to graduate Ashland High School as a Mississippi Scholar. Joshlyn is a member of the Beta Club, student council, HOSA and National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi in the fall and major in business.
“My granddaddy, James Griffin, started a business at a young age and I want to follow his example. And he does so much for others,” explained Joshlyn. Joshlyn is also considering nursing as an alternative. Through dual enrollment classes, Joshlyn has already completed her first semester of college, being one of the first students at Ashland High School to achieve this goal.
Among her awards are: The Eastern Star Scholarship, University of Mississippi High School Valedictorian Scholarship, Mississippi Girls State Scholarship and the ICS Scholarship. Joshlyn enjoys shopping, reading and her job as a waitress at Dorothy’s Place, a cafe in Lamar, where she works after school. She attends Sand Hill Missionary Baptist Church. She has three siblings, Joe Patterson, Yasmyne Patterson and Brooklyn Griffin. She is the granddaughter of Freda Hudson, James Griffin, and Joe and Patricia Patterson.
Sandy Childs-Jones, Joshlyn’s English instructor, describes Joshlyn as one of her most dependable students. “Any time a teacher needs something done, Joshlyn comes to mind. She took out of her own time to help work the ballgames. She got her college work done on time while working full time at a family business and attending school. She made any and all suggestions on how to approve academics at Ashland High School, and has served as a peer tutor. She will be sorely missed by faulty and students. She is a leader and has been my right arm,” stated Jones.
Joshlyn advises others, “If you want something, just go for it.” Although Joshlyn received first rank of her graduating class, she expressed that she would have been genuinely overjoyed if one of her friends had received valedictorian and that her actual intent was on placing in the top five of her class at graduation. “I wanted to at least be in the top five. I am happy and excited. My family is proud because I am the first one in my family to obtain this,” stated the 18-year-old.
Joshlyn plans to include memories of the good and valuable moments shared with her classmates when delivering the valedictory at the graduation ceremony this Saturday, May 25. To celebrate Joshlyn’s academic achievements, a barbecue dinner has been arranged and will be held in Joshlyn’s honor at her grandparents home.