Wondering about those Wildcats

Updates and information about our Silliman Wildcats

From the Principal's Desk!

As we approach the Thanksgiving break, I want to take this opportunity to mention some of the things that I am most thankful for. I am thankful for the opportunity that God gave me in working with the teachers and students at Silliman Institute. I am also thankful for having support from our parents and School Board, which allows us to transform our school from good to great.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate our Football Team on winning the District Championship last week. After going undefeated during the district season we now have a bye this week and will play our first playoff game next Friday, November 8th at home. I also want to congratulate our Softball Team for advancing to the state quarterfinals and our Cross Country girls and boys teams for placing in the top five at the State Meet. As the results indicate, our athletes strive to compete at the highest level on the courts and fields while maintaining high academic standards for themselves.

November Calendar

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Silliman Sports

Cross Country

Cross country hustled their way through the month of October. At the Cathedral Invitational, JV girls placed second overall and varsity boys came in fourth. The top 15 finishers for JV boys were Elliot Goux in 12th place, and for JV girls, Katie Dawson came in 3rd and Josie Dart 9th. The varsity girls had Jessica Davidson finishing in 11th place.

At the Columbia Invitational, the girls were led by Jessica Davidson, JoAnna Cornette, and Kate Rogillio. The boys were led by Brennan Stowers and Owen McDaniel. We had our state meet on Monday, October 27. Varsity Boys placed 3rd, Junior Varsity Girls placed 4th,and Varsity Girls placed 5th. Brennan Stowers placed 10th overall and received an all-state placement. - by Kendall Milton and JoAnna Cornette

Silliman's Fishing Team's Maiden Voyage

Silliman has a fishing team, and they made a showing at their first tournament at the B.A.S.S. National High School Trial Tournament. Palmer Peters and Hunter Lawrence both had a weigh- in. They battled winds, rainstorms, and tropical storm Olga, but had a great time and learned a lot.

Silliman Cheer

The Silliman Cheer teams have put in lots of work for the month of October. They prepared for two pep rallies this month, with one being their homecoming pep rally. In the pep rally they included the Kitty Kat cheerleaders and the Kitten dancers. The Varsity cheer squad cheered the boys to victory against Copiah, becoming district champs on Thursday night. - Jillian Stringer

Silliman Dance

Silliman Dance had another busy week, preparing for several pep rallies and game performances. The dancers were creative in the different ways they were able to celebrate the special honors nights and also during the homecoming pep rally, the parade, and Friday night games. It was fun to watch the JV and the Varsity perform together, and as always, they were on pointe.

Special Honor Nights

Armed Forces Night

On September 27th, the Silliman Wildcats honored family and alumni who have dedicated their lives to protect our country. The Wildcats wore jerseys commemorating family members who have served or are serving in the armed forces, as David Dart announced those loved ones throughout the game that Friday night. We were honored by members of the armed forces on the field, who handed the captains the game balls.

Cancer Awareness Night

Friday, October 5th, the Silliman Wildcats took a night out to honor their loved ones who are afflicted with the disease of cancer. The team wore jerseys with their loved ones' names on the back, and David Dart announced the players' honorees throughout the night. Cancer survivors Emma Rogillio, Carlette Dawson, and Trey Bullinger presented game balls to our players before kick-off, and Resa Birch presented her testimony of her ongoing battle with cancer and sang "The Star Spangled Banner."

Friday Night Lights

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Silliman Beats Copiah Academy to Win District Championship (43-22)

From Behind the Line

This month in "Wondering about the Wildcats," our football team had a stellar October. After coming off a stunning shutout 26-0 against the defending state champions Adams County, the Wildcats were fired up. Their next game was against a tough district opponent, St. Aloysius. Coming into the game, the Wildcats knew that the opponent's quarterback was one of the best athletes that Silliman has faced all year, but they were not fazed. With the assistance of defensive mastermind Coach Robert Andress, they held St. Aloysius to 3 points with a final score of 36-3.


The Wildcats at this point were 5-2 and first in district. Their next game was going to be a tough one against the Bowling Green Buccaneers, who were undefeated with a 7-0 record. During a torrential downpour, it was pretty even the first quarter; then their best receiver took it to the house for 70 yards. Silliman kept on pounding and scored themselves with a blocked punt by Tyler Archuleta. Silliman gained momentum and dominated the rest of the game and finished with a 41-18 victory. At that point, Silliman was 6-2, and they got out of there faster than Jack Jackson running a 100-meter dash.


The next opponent was against Central Hinds, who had a really good team even though they were 0-8 heading into the game. The game started off with a Silliman touchdown. Central Hinds scored themselves. It went back and forth until halftime when it was tied 22-22. Coach TJ asked the players one simple question: “How do you want to be remembered?” The players understood and went out and took care of business with a final score of 66-37. With this victory the Wildcats improved their record to 7-2, and their next opponent was against Copiah Academy, who were 2-7. The Wildcats knew they needed to keep their heads clear and take care of business, which they did to finish their regular season with another win of 44-23 and thereby earning the honor of District Champions. - Tyler Archuleta

Homecoming 2019

Homecoming Court

Silliman on Parade

Silliman students got to participate in the homecoming parade. Most grades had a float that they decorated on their own. The dancers and cheerleaders performed during the parade. The homecoming court all dressed their best. And of course, friends and families caught lots of candy!

Homecoming Presentation

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Jillian Stringer - 2019 Homecoming Queen and her family

Homecoming Dance

There is nothing like a great night of dancing after “Fetching a Dub” at a packed Thelma Knighton Stadium. The 2019 Homecoming Dance was one to remember. After the court presentation and the annual “Dance with the Daughters,” the boogie began. My fellow Sillimanites were getting “jiggy” with it, and there were a lot of moves on the dance floor, but the moves best presented were by Silliman's own Jackson Bunch. And let's not forget the legendary crowd surf from Ty Lipscomb. - By Justin Pace

2019 Silliman Spelling Bee WInners

First Grade

1st Place ~ Sam Wallace

2nd Place ~ Nyla Kirby

Second Grade

1st Place ~ Dakota Hampton

2nd Place ~ Eli Darwin

Third Grade

1st Place ~ Adreyan Gueho

2nd Place ~ Liam Burk

Fourth Grade

1st Place ~ Madden Rivet

2nd Place ~ Ethan Pace

Fifth Grade

1st Place ~ Mary Dean Griffin

2nd Place ~ Natalie Payne

Sixth Grade

1st Place ~ Annalee Hancock

2nd Place ~ Anna Kate Andrews

Silliman Yearbooks (2018-19) still available.

We still have 5 more yearbooks available for sale ($65).

A special thank you to Reed Howell and Tabitha Johnston donating their time taking pictures for our school.