As frosty snow powdered MSMS’s campus grounds, students took a break from their studies to enjoy scenic views. (Karlene Deng)
As frosty snow powdered MSMS’s campus grounds, students took a break from their studies to enjoy scenic views.

Karlene Deng

Photo Essay: MSMS students treated to snow day

January 21, 2021

For the first time this year, MSMS students across the state looked out their windows and saw a dazzling white landscape of snow.

Early morning, Monday, Jan. 11, students on campus, and across the state, woke up to snow. (Caleb Jenkins)

For some, such as in the case of Ashley Breland, Monday was the first time they had seen snow in their lives.

“It was amazing,” said Breland. “It wasn’t even near as cold as I thought it would be.” 


As many students are from Mississippi, this was one of their few, if not first, encounters with snow. (Courtesy of Xiaohan Yu)

While some students relaxed and enjoyed the view, others donned their warmest winter clothes and took to the snow. Students threw snowballs and built snowmen after many of their classes were let out early.

The icy conditions meant most teachers spent the day teaching from home. (Caleb Jenkins)

Some students even took it upon themselves to put their math and science education to use in constructing the tallest snowman they could.

Several students enjoy the snow after their classes were finished. (Caleb Jenkins)
Senior Trevor Allen (center) poses next to the finished snowman. (Caleb Jenkins)

Whether students were on campus or not, many agreed it was a “well-needed mental health break,” as senior Wyatt Shanahan put it. Like most other seniors and some juniors, Shanahan wasn’t on campus to enjoy the snow with his classmates, but he was still able to admire its beauty from his own home in Starkville.

Some MSMS teachers let their classes out early to allow students to enjoy the snow. (Courtesy of Wyatt Shanahan)

At the end of the day, whether students were on-campus or off-campus, most students got a chance to relax and have fun with an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day, or even every year. 

By the end of the day, most of the snow had melted. (Courtesy of David Jelinek)
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    Heath StevensJan 22, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Great compilation and image framing!