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WheelCats Get Game Time with JA Varsity and Faculty

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The Mississippi WheelCats are the only wheelchair basketball team in the state, so their actual games require travel to Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, and other states. Friday, during activity period, JA hosted a game with the boys varsity basketball team, faculty, and the Mississippi WheelCats. The event was a perfect time for the WheelCats to prep for their upcoming season and a great opportunity to bring awareness of wheelchair athletics to the JA community.

View all the photos from the event here.

National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Members

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On Monday morning the Jackson Academy Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted 13 new ninth grade members and 41 new eighth grade members. Students serving as officers and helping with the event were Nelson Thomas, Anna Katherine Ray, Kennedy Nations, Douglas Noble, Brent Butler, Nicholas Brown, Lily Grace Thigpen, and Virginia Parry.

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MAIS Class AAAA State Basketball Tournament Early Dismissal

On Friday, February 24, Jackson Academy will host the MAIS Class AAAA State Basketball Tournament. Because the first basketball game will begin at 1:00 p.m. that afternoon, we will dismiss all students at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 24 so that the campus parking lots will be empty before the first fans arrive. We will still have the After School program, K3 through sixth grade, on that day. Please contact the After School office at 601-368-7398 if you have any questions about After School care.

We look forward to showcasing our friendly, beautiful campus on Friday, February 24, and we thank you for your assistance with this adjustment to the school schedule.

Lunch to Lead Offers Insight into Leadership

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JA held the first Lunch to Lead for the spring semester last week. Speaker T.C. Rollins, a local attorney, veteran, and JA parent, shared his thoughts on leadership with students. Lunch to Lead has become a tradition at JA where Upper School students gather over sack lunches and listen to a speaker regarding qualities of leadership, developing leadership, and the challenges of being a leader.

Rollins sustained life-threatening injuries while deployed as a Marine in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom when his Humvee rolled over while he was manning the turret machine gun. After retiring from the military and earning a law degree, he established law offices in several Mississippi cities. Rollins explained to the students that because skills are now evolving so quickly what they learn for one job now may be used in a completely different way in the future.

Sydney Thaxton Shares Experiences Writing First Book

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Sydney and her mom Amy greet students during the book signing January 25.

Sydney Thaxton encouraged students who attended the reading and signing of her book to write about something they like. The fifth grader did just that when she wrote Dusk, her first published book. She selected a story about a dog that was inspired by her own dog, Big Girl.

Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students gathered with fellow JA classmate and author Sydney Wednesday, January 25 as she talked about writing, signed books, and read a chapter from her work that was published in late 2016. The signing was held in the Lower School library in conjunction with the school Scholastic Book Fair.

Dusk tells the story of a Louisiana girl who is dealing with loss and the changing family dynamics that result. She finds friendship with a dog named Dusk. Copies of Dusk were available for $10 and 56 were sold. A portion of the proceeds went to purchase books for the JA Lower School library. Dog bone bookmarks were given to students to encourage reading, and dog treats were given to students to share with their pet friends.

Sydney began writing around the age of 8, but this is the first work she has completed. She said her previous attempts were good practice for writing Dusk. “I started liking it the more I did it,” she said. The book took about two months to write.

“It was hard at some points,” she explained when asked by a fellow student how difficult writing a book was. “When I started, though, it just kind of flowed to me.”

Sydney is currently working on her second book that will expand on the story of main character Phoenix Rose and her dog, Dusk. She said the sequel has lots of action and “tons of points of view.”

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