• Mary Harrison

The Scoop: freshman Shirley Morey & sophomore Ny'Ajah Hardy


Shirley (left) and Ny'Ajah (right) were recently named C.H.S. Students of the Week.

Here’s the scoop on Shirley Morey and Ny’Ajah Hardy, two of Cairo High School’s most recent Students of the Week.


Freshman Shirley Morey is the daughter of Angeline and William Dodd. Mrs. Regina Mitchell, C.H.S. mathematics teacher, nominated the 15-year-old for Student of the Week because she “loves school and always does right.”


“It’s rare that you see a student that arrives at school and leaves with a smile on her face… [Shirley] is always eager to learn… and is just an awesome P.B.I.S. model student.”


Shirley says Ms. Mitchell is her favorite teacher, with math as her favorite subject. In addition to academics, the Cairo resident stays active at C.H.S. as a member of the Helping Hands Club, which assists special education students, and the Grady County Special Olympics team.


Morey says dancing is one of her favorite pastimes.


After graduating from Cairo High School, Shirley intends to enroll in Roosevelt Warm Springs vocational school.


Ny’Ajah Hardy, daughter of Sheena Corker, is a C.H.S. sophomore and lives in Cairo. Hardy, who is 16, was nominated for Student of the Week by Mr. Alex Papanicolopoulos for always volunteering to hand out papers.


Ny’Ajah’s favorite class is the year-long Honors American Literature and AP English Language class, both taught by Mr. Papanicolopoulos, and her favorite educator is C.H.S. mathematics instructor Mrs. Katie Meissner.


After school, Hardy runs track for the Syrupmaids, placing in the 100-meter dash several times (including a first place finish) at region meets. The 16-year-old also runs for Thomasville’s Amateur Athletic Union Track & Field Club.


During her free time, Hardy enjoys singing in the choir at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church and hanging out with friends.


Ny’Ajah plans on attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, upon her graduation from Cairo High, to earn a degree in radiology.


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