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Resurrection senior accepted into inaugural Tougaloo program

Terranie Packer, RCS look to future at graduation

Resurrection Catholic senior Terranie Packer is the first accepted into a new program for aspiring lawyers at Tougaloo College. She and her RCS classmates graduated Tuesday.
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Resurrection Catholic senior Terranie Packer is the first accepted into a new program for aspiring lawyers at Tougaloo College. She and her RCS classmates graduated Tuesday.

PASCAGOULA -- When Resurrection Catholic High senior Terranie Packer walks onto the Tougaloo College campus later this year, she can already say she is the first student to accomplish something at the Jackson school.

Packer was the first applicant accepted into the Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Scholars Program, which allows a student to do undergraduate studies at Tougaloo for three years before enrolling in the Mississippi College School of Law.

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She spoke about the accomplishment Tuesday before she graduated with her RCS classmates.

"When I heard, I started bawling my eyes out," she said. "It's such a great opportunity. I'm so blessed. I want to thank everybody who helped me."

Packer plans to major in biology and minor in pre-law at Tougaloo.

The new program was established only two weeks ago, making Packer the first to become officially accepted. Only three more students are expected to join the Scholars Program this year.

"I want to be a malpractice lawyer," she said. "This program will give me a nice head start to my future. I want to pass the bar in Mississippi. This will give me practice for the LSAT and a lot of experience and internships through the summer.

"This the perfect program for me and I suggest everybody apply for programs that apply to them. I didn't think I would get it."

Packer was among an RCS senior class that was awarded a total of $1.9 million in scholarship money.

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