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Memory of Murrah Grad Honored with Scholarships for Senior Athletes

June 10, 2019

Rodreekas Bush Hayley Craddieth Jordan Holt
Rodreekas Bush Hayley Craddieth Jordan Holt

Winners of the Michael D. Johnson Foundation Memorial Scholarship were announced Saturday, June 1 at the foundation's annual 5K held in downtown Jackson. Forest Hill basketball standout Rodreekas Bush won the grand scholarship of $1,500. Hayley Craddieth of Murrah and Jordan Holt of Jim Hill each won $250 book scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduating senior athletes from JPS high schools. Candidates must have a 2.5 or higher GPA, demonstrate community involvement, and complete an essay to be considered.

The scholarship memorializes Michael D. Johnson, a Murrah graduate who died after being struck by a drunk driver a short time after his high school graduation in 2005. He excelled at both basketball and baseball but held a special love for baseball from a young age. He had accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College the following year. To carry out his legacy, Johnson's family established the Michael D. Johnson Foundation to raise funds for scholarships to be awarded specifically to JPS senior athletes.

The Michael D. Johnson 5K Walk/Run takes place each year at the beginning of June. Participants meet in downtown Jackson for an 8 a.m. start. The day's festivities include an awards presentation, a cookout and a kickball game.

Learn more about the Michael D. Johnson Foundation.

Michael D. Johnson scholarship staff, winners and supporters

Participating in the scholarship awards presentation are (from left) Dr. Lesian Davis, JPS Lead Counselor, Latasha Holt, mother of Jordan Holt; Jordan Holt, $250 book scholarship winner; Dr. Michael Cormack, JPS Chief of Staff; Emmett Johnson, (MDJ Foundation President and father of the late Michael D. Johnson;  Rodreelas Bush, father of Rodreekas Bush; Rodreekas Bush, $1,500 scholarship winner; Gloria Johnson, mother of the late Michael D. Johnson; Tiffany Bush, mother of Rodreekas Bush; Hayley Craddieth, $250 book scholarship winner; Martie Craddieth, father of Hayley Craddieth; and Clarence Irby of Entergy, a sponsor of the MDJ Memorial Foundation.

Photo Gallery: 2019 Michael D. Johnson 5K Run/Walk

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