By Jackie Hampton
The coronation of Mr. and Miss Jim Hill is an annual tradition at Jackson’s Jim Hill High School and on Oct. 4, the Royal Coronation of Kam’Ron Bracey, Mr. Jim Hill; and Ma’ Kayla Mitchell, Miss Jim Hill; was held at 6 p.m. in the school’s auditorium located at 2185 Fred Harris St. The event was described as “An evening of Enchantment, Fascination and Beauty.”
The auditorium was full with students, special guests, school staff and family members of the royal court. Thunderous applause was heard throughout the room as Isaiah Rush and Jazstiny Jackson, 2015-2016 Mr. and Miss Jim Hill took their final walk. The applause continued as each member of ‘The High Court, The Higher Court and The Royal Majesties’ entered the auditorium dressed elegantly from head to toe.
The ladies wore lovely gowns, and the gentlemen wore tuxedos on the occasion of their evening of enchantment. The High Court consisted of Jerry Mitchell III, brother of Miss Jim Hill, and Brailyn Luckett, Mr. and Miss Freshman; Joshua Burns and Chamara Fray, Mr. and Miss Sophomore; Keedrick Palmer and Madisyn Evans, Mr. and Miss Junior; and Cameron Smith and Kamryn Dismuke, Senior Escort and Miss Senior.
The Higher Court consisted of Prince Justin Robinson and Princess Terranee Brent, runner ups to Mr. and Miss Jim Hill. Upon the entrance of Mr. Jim Hill from the left side of the auditorium and afterward Miss Jim Hill from the opposite side, many cell phone and digital and cameras were clicking as many stood to get a better glance of the newly elected Mr. and Miss Jim Hill. Both Royal Majesties were very chic in their all-white attire. Mr. Jim Hill, a member of the baseball team, the national Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, is the son of Ken Bracey and Lori Bracey, the grandson of Charlie and Fred Bracey and Cornlieus and Ora Brown.
Miss Jim Hill, a member of the National Honor Society, JROTC and captain of the Drill Team, is the daughter of the late Jerry Mitchell Jr. and Sonya Mitchell, the granddaughter of Leo Mason and the late Alice Mason, and Jerry and Lena Yvette Mitchell. Kam’Ron Bracey and Ma’Kayla Mitchell, the 2015-2017 Mr. and Miss Jim Hill were crowned by Isaiah Rush and Jazstiny Jackson, the outgoing Mr. and Miss Jim Hill.
They were given the Royal Oath by Elbert Smith, school principal, and Reuben Banks, GSA student representative. Coordinators for the coronation were staff members La’Roy Merrick and Mary Dixon. Merrick said, “The students put in a lot of hard work and their hard work paid off.” He said the young men looked very handsome, and the young ladies looked beautiful. Dixon said, “The coronation was so beautiful and a great success.”
The moderator for the evening was Jim Hill student James E. Lehaman. Also participating was the Jim Hill JROTC Color Guard and the Drill Team, which performed a tribute to their captain, Miss Jim Hill. Shaquelia Hayes performed a special solo.