- A four-time state oratory champion from Crystal Springs has been
awarded two scholarships to attend The University of Southern Mississippi.
a senior at Crystal Springs Academy, has been offered a Southern
Miss Special Presidential National Merit Scholarship and the Shelby
F. Thames Mississippi Oratorical Scholarship. Montgomery has won
the Mississippi American Legion Oratory Contest every year since
he was a freshman, representing the state at the Legion's national
competition. A National Merit Finalist, Montgomery plans to study
polymer science at Southern Miss and is interested in cancer research.
with the work that (Southern Miss President) Dr. Shelby Thames has
put in to research," Montgomery said. "Research saves
Scholarship was founded by Dr. Thames in memory of Sam Green of
Crystal Springs, a teacher, fireman and veteran who was a member
of American Legion Post 41 in Crystal Springs. Green inspired Montgomery
to research the U.S. Constitution in preparation for his oratorical
competition, and in April Montgomery represented Mississippi for
the fourth year in a row at the National Finals held in Indianapolis.
He is the first recipient of the Thames scholarship.
very pleased to offer a scholarship to such an exceptional student
as Andrew, and we look forward to having him join the Southern Miss
family," said Dr. Thames.
to his involvement in the American Legion Oratory program, Montgomery
is engaged in cancer research conducted at the Stehlin Medical Foundation
based in Houston. He is also an Eagle Scout, a black belt in Tae
Kwon Do and is actively involved as a volunteer in the Alpha Omega
Red Cross Club, which he founded. He is the son of Bill and Ann