MOSS POINT-- Jalicia Hughes will leave an impressive legacy at Moss Point. Part of her legacy occurred Wednesday, signing a softball scholarship to Jackson State.
Hughes, who leads off and plays centerfield, is hitting .357 this year. Over the last three years, Hughes has a .394 batting average for the Lady Tigers.
Hughes, who received offers from Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley, and several junior colleges, felt Jackson State was the best fit for her.
"I love the campus," said Hughes. "I feel like I fit in. I feel like I'm more than a number at the school, that I'm a name. It fits everything I wanted in a school. I want to major in something that will help me stick around sports after I graduate."
She will either be valedictorian or salutatorian in her graduating class. She was also Miss Moss Point, homecoming queen, Student Government Association vice president, letters in track, soccer, basketball, and softball.
"I've been blessed," Hughes said. "I've tried to keep God first. He has blessed me in so many ways."
Hughes' mother, Lakenya Hughes, discussed the road her daughter took to success.
"I'm very proud of her," said Lakenya Hughes. "She has a lot of talent. I am very proud of her and excited for her. She couldn't even pick up a glove. But she worked hard and now has a softball scholarship."
Hughes, who carries a 4.0 GPA, always made academics a top priority.
"I am student-athlete," she said. "My studies have always come first," Hughes said. "An education is the most power possession you can have. Without an education, you can't get anywhere in life. Without my grades and GPA, I couldn't play."
Added Moss Point principal Jeff Mumford: "She works very hard at her academics. She has achieved great things for the school already and this is very exciting. She is very humble young lady."
Moss Point softball coach Alan Hill is impressed with what Hughes brings to the field.
"She is an outstanding student," said Hill. "She has great energy and is always hustling. She is one of those players who come out and make it happen. I'm going to really miss her when she is gone."
Moss Point basketball coach Tony Woody praised Hughes' leadership.
"She is the embodiment of a student athlete," said Woody. "She is a tremendous model in terms of her grades. She got it right. She was one of my best defensive players. I'm so proud of her getting this opportunity. I'm going to miss her commitment to being a team player. She was a very good leader for us."