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2017 Distinguished Alumni
Starkville Academy began a new tradition at Homecoming by presenting four Distinguished Alumni Awards. These alumni were honored for their outstanding achievement and service in professional and civic life.
The inaugural recipients were Dr. Kristen Tomlinson Fyke (Class of ’97), Dale Peay (Class of ’72), Clay Richardson (Class of ’79), and Amy Tuck (Class of ’81).
Kristen Tomlinson Fyke
Dr. Kristen Tomlinson Fyke attended Starkville Academy from Kindergarten until she graduated in 1997. She then attended Mississippi State University, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in microbiology in 2001. She earned her Doctor of Medicine in 2006 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine in 2006 and continued at UMC as a resident in obstetrics and gynecology, graduating in 2010.
Fyke returned to Starkville and began working as an OB-Gyn at Starkville Clinic for Women and Oktibbeha County Hospital in August of 2010. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association and a fellow for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Since returning to Starkville in 2010, Fyke has volunteered for Junior Auxiliary, served on medical mission teams in the US and in Haiti, and is currently a member of the medical advisory board for the Starkville Pregnancy Care Center. She has been involved in various educational events in Starkville, speaking to all ages on different aspects of women’s health.
Coach Dale Peay was a member of the first junior class at Starkville Academy in 1970 and participated in the first sports teams at SA, where he earned several athletic honors.
After graduating in 1972, Coach Peay attended Mississippi State University, where he participated on the track team for one year. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from MSU, as well as several hours of graduate work from the University of Alabama.
Coach Peay began his coaching and teaching career at Starkville Academy in 1976. He coached junior high football, track, and basketball and was an assistant for the 1977 State Champion Football team. In 1983, Coach Peay joined the MSU women’s basketball program as an assistant.
After leaving MSU in 1985, he began a 30-year career at East Mississippi Community College. He coached in the EMCC Women’s program for 20 years, and in 2005, Peay took over EMCC’s men’s golf program. Coach Peay retired in 2015 from coaching at EMCC and now teaches part time. He has been associated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for more than 30 years.
Clay Richardson ‘79:
Clay Richardson is a 1979 honors graduate of Starkville Academy. He holds a bachelor of professional accountancy from Mississippi State University. Richardson holds two professional licenses: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). He has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting and is a shareholder in the accounting firm of T.E. Lott and Company. He has dedicated himself to specializing in tax, consulting and valuation services for individuals and business entities in all stages of operations.
Over the years, Richardson has volunteered his services to many nonprofit organizations and has been recognized multiple times. He currently is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, and Starkville Rotary Club.
Amy Tuck ‘81:
Amy Tuck graduated from Starkville Academy in 1981 and is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy and administration. In 1989, she received her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
Tuck was elected Lt. Governor of the State of Mississippi in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003. She served eight years as Mississippi’s Lt. Governor and prior to serving as Lieutenant Governor, Tuck was elected as a state senator for five years and served as secretary of the senate.
Tuck currently serves as Vice President for Campus Services at Mississippi State University and as Chairman of the MSU Special Events and Game Day Operations Committee. At MSU, she serves as President and Director of the Mississippi University Educational Building Corporation, on the President’s Cabinet and Executive Council, and as Deputy Director for the Crisis Action Team. Tuck serves on the MSU Community Engagement Committee, MSU Athletic Council, and is a past Chairman of the Board for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
Among her numerous awards and recognitions, Tuck was recognized as the 2015 Ambassador for the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women. She was recognized and honored as one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal and was appointed by President Bush in 2008 to The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Tuck is the only Mississippian to serve on this prestigious commission.
2017 Senior Video
Take a look back at the Class of 2017!