May 27, 2014
Kaleigh Redhead considers the opportunity to grow as a student, an athlete and a member of the Jackson community the best part of her experience at Millsaps College.
“I have received a quality education, made lasting relationships, and gained experiences that have helped me develop as a person,” said Redhead, a 2014 graduate from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Faith and Work Initiative and internships that were part of it provided Redhead’s most transformative experiences.
“My first internship was the spring semester of my sophomore year when I shadowed pediatric dental residents at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and also spent time in the pediatric department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Dentistry,” she said. “My experience was unique because I was allowed into the operating room. My time at the dental school and in the hospital was invaluable to my career aspirations.”
During a second internship, Redhead worked with second and third graders at Project Innovation and taught lessons about healthy lifestyle habits such as choosing to eat fruits and vegetables. When weather permitted, students continued their learning in the garden in the Midtown neighborhood.
Redhead, who earned a B.S. in biology, will attend the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry this fall.
“I chose Millsaps because it was the best valued education with the most successful pre-health programs,” said Redhead, who also factored in her decision the opportunity to play soccer and attend college with her older sister who was a Millsaps student. “The fact that my parents could easily travel from Baton Rouge to Jackson to watch most of my soccer games only solidified my decision.”
Redhead played varsity soccer all four years, served as team captain her senior year and was named Most Valuable Player for three years and also to Academic All-Conference team.
She worked as a resident assistant and as a teaching assistant for the Biology Department. A member of Kappa Delta, Redhead served as the sorority’s assistant treasurer. She was also vice president of the Panhellenic Council, co-chair of the Greek Conduct Board and a member of the 1 Campus 1 Community Leadership Team, which focuses on outreach in the Jackson community.
She distinguished herself as a member of Phi Eta Sigma freshman honorary, Beta Beta Beta biological sciences honorary, Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-health honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary and the Order of Omega Greek honorary. She is a member of the Millsaps College Hall of Fame.