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Quarter 3 Honor Roll

Academy Honor Roll
Twelfth Grade Alexandra Barlow, Hope Berry, Lizzie Bowman, Mary Kathryn Brogan, Catherine Burford, Kathryn Butler, Grace Cartwright, Conley Chinn, Grace Herfurth, Mary Hunter Johnston, Claire McClure, Milla McCormack, Emily McNair, Chloe Owens, Sahil Patel, Travis Rogers, Elizabeth Scott, Livvie Strickland, Phillip Talley, Mitchell Tyner, Nancy Usey, Dray Willson  Eleventh Grade Avery Anderson, Hadley Brennan, Hannah Collums, Lacey Irby, Will Laird, Braden Lewis, Dolph Maxwell, Allie Perkins, Emma Ward, Anna Claire Williams Tenth Grade Skylar Alexander, Eeshaan Bajaj, Ashton Berry, Elliott Butler, Lucy Clement, Camille Couey, Mary Beth Dyess, Camille Felder, Avery Hederman, Erin Hederman, Ansley Hill, Columbia Holeman, Megan Lacey, Lexi Lomax, Kit McCormack, Preston McWilliams, Brandon Miller, Gabrielle Morris, Burkette Moulder, Kaylan Sanders, Webb Strickland, Logan Thomas, Pier Thompson Ninth Grade Reese Anderson, Kelsey Burke, Steven Chustz, Carter Elliott, Courtney Francois, Simeon Gates, Logan Hatten, Caroline Hill, Miles Johnson, Christian Luckett, Azaria McDowell, Kennedy Nations, Virginia Parry, Anna Katherine Ray, Anna Roberson, Lily Grace Thigpen, Mary Gray White Eighth Grade Drew Antici, Parker Bracken, Emmy Brown, Gracie Coe, Emma Collums, Sophie Hays, Parker Kirby, Zoe Ladner, Emory Ann Laseter, Isabelle Lee, Isabel Lehman, Miles Taylor Leverette, Priya Ray, Emma Roberts, Lila Robertson, Anna Claire Seago, Gibson Smith, Emery Thigpen, Ty Usey Seventh Grade Cannon Bosarge, Gibson Cheney, Joseph Ciaccio, Caroline Courtney, Rachel Beth Deaton , Morgan Dilworth, Regan Felder, Connor Gee, Sandon Guild, Reid Hewitt, Tray Holeman, Harrison Johnston, Annalee LeDuff, Clayton Mahaffey, Anna Carlisle Nichols, Anne Barret Roberson, Ashton Tate, Sarah Beth Usey, Annalee Willson

Honor Roll
Twelfth Grade Parker Alexander, Anna Douglas Almand, Smith Coleman, Brianna Cry, Natalie Ford, Chelsea Francois, Grace Gebhart, Callie Hall, Abbie Knighton, William Mitchell, Micah Morgan, Kassidy Neal, Grace Parry, Elizabeth Payne, Michael Payne, Cole Phillips, Olivia Rule, Alexander Schott, Quon Sterling-Anderson, Malon Stratton, Caroline Watson, Kayla Young Eleventh Grade Janise Bennett, Blaine Bowman, Caroline Childress, Sam Ciaccio, Kellan Clower, Kennedy Collins, Sophie Creath, Frances Anne Fortner, Cailynn Gregory, Katie Johnson, Tre Lewis, Emma Lucas, Meredith McClellan, Elizabeth McCubbins, James McLemore, Gracie Meck, Blake Mills, Kennedy Neal, Lindsey Nosef, Walker Pedigo, Luke Pitts, Baley Reed, Max Rogers, Claire Ross, Maggie Smith, Olivia Stringer, Bryant Thaxton, Sarah Grea Walker, Drake Warman, Brehan Whitehead Tenth Grade Hayden Allen, Addison Avdoyan, Lailaa Bashir, Samantha Brown, Johnny Carpenter, Ellie Brent Cartwright, Blake Fletcher, Charlie Gautier, Ariel Hayes, Thomas Iupe, Sean Lackey, Francie LeDuff, Anne Marie Lundy, Ashley Manning, Reese Overstreet, Charlotte Palmer, Tyler Pitts, Tafarri Pleas, Carneilus Powers, Walker Rippee, Will Spence, Mary Lindley Tharp, Mary Parker Williams Ninth Grade Joseph Adams, Walker Barnes, Mary Liz Black, Emily Burks, Brent Butler, Katie Carter, Yazzy Chambers, Elizabeth Childress, John Eric Clark, Kellum Clark, Ava Del Vecchio, Londyn Dorsey, Ginny Dyess, Sydney Guy, Hannah Hardee, Russell Hawkins, Trey Herrington, Ana Kelly Hontzas, William Janous, Case Kempthorne, Henry Lee, P.J. Martin, Harris McLemore, Asher Morgan, Sydney Morris, Douglas Noble, Nora Pickering, Keishun Pickett, Kayla Shepherd, Nelson Thomas, Will Travelstead, Wisdom Ware, Reed White Eighth Grade Thomas Arnold, Simms Baker, Nicholas Bryan, Mackenzie Coburn, Ava Couey, Isabelle Eiland, Stuart Fullwood, Gus Gordon, Avery Hendrick, Zharia Hill, Michael Hogue, Andrew Holmes, Hallie Gray House, Nicole Lawrence, Michael Lowe, Jonathan Lucas, Lachlan McLendon, Pryor Mehrle, Jesse Montgomery, Hensley Moulder, Thomas Nance, Anna Blake Reed, Elena Roberts, James Smith, Wes Thomas, Jack Varner, Alice Williams, Samia Wilson Seventh Grade Abigail Addison, Leah Anderson, Drew Barrentine, Jade Bennett, Barton Boyll, Anna Claire Bush, Elizabeth Castle, Jalia Coins, Madison Cotton, Davis Cress, Matthew Frost, Tye Gardner, Ferriday Rose Green, Hudson Hadley, Samuel Hadley, Ainsley Kling, Maggie Koury, Davis Lee, Parker Lowe, Daniel Martin, Molly McClure, Ford McDaniel, Kennedy McKee, Banks McNair, Hayden Parr, Will Rhodes, John Moak Scarbrough, Garrett Smith, Reed Travelstead, Natalie Turner, Banks Whittington, John Wicks, Fran Wilkirson, Drew Williams

Middle School Presents Curiosity Cat


Jackson Academy Performing Arts presents Curiosity Cat by Chris Grabenstein. This Middle School Production will be April 7-8 at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at or at the door. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Curiosity Cat centers around the hardships of being a stray and the joy of finally finding a home, so the Middle School Student Council will also be collecting donations of pet supplies and food for CARA (Community Animal Rescue & Adoption) before the show in the PAC lobby.

Showchoir Season Results


This season, Showtime made appearances at Jackson Prep Showchoir Masters, where the group took second place in the large division; South Jones Showchoir Invitational, where the group won first place as well as caption awards for best vocals and best overall effect; and West Jones Showchoir Invitational, where the group won first runner up and best visuals.  Meagan Gautier was awarded grand champion of the solo competition at Jackson Prep. Cannon Bosarge won second runner up in the solo competition at West Jones. Showtime concluded its season at the Oak Grove Magnolia Invitational where the group took first runner up and best visuals.

Showtime is in its first year under the direction of JA alumna Amy Arinder. The 2017 show featured choreography by Kevin Chase and Nick Quamme and arrangements by Katie Shores and Allison Talley with soloists Lily Rhoden, Reagan Bosarge, Anna Claire Seago, Cannon Bosarge, Phoebe Guinn, and Miles Taylor Leverette.

Encore was awarded fourth runner up at the South Jones Invitational, first runner up at the Opelika (Ala.) Invitational, and first runner up at the Oak Grove Invitational. At the West Jones Invitational, the group received grand champion, best vocals, best visual, best overall effect, and best costumes in its division and went on to win grand champion, best vocals, best visual, and best overall effect in finals. Dolph Maxwell and Braden Lewis received best overall performer awards. Also at West Jones, Emily Earle received first runner up in the solo competition. Most recently, Encore traveled to Nashville, where the group closed its season with a performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

Encore is in its sixth year under the direction of Katie Shores with choreography by Kevin Chase and Nick Quamme, arrangements by Katie Shores and Allison Talley, and featuring soloists Don Waller, Reese Overstreet, Emily Earle, and Latham Nance.

Cum Laude Inducts New Members

cum-laude-website-bigger-1Established to recognize scholastic achievement in secondary schools, the Cum Laude Society has granted charters to only four schools in Mississippi.  The Jackson Academy chapter recently selected these new members: Conley Chinn, Grace Cartwright, Will Laird, Braden Lewis, Dolph Maxwell, Travis Rogers, Caroline Watson, Milla McCormack, Anna Douglas Almand, Elizabeth Scott, Livvie Strickland, Emma Ward, Lacey Irby, and Avery Anderson.  Inducted as juniors last year were Nancy Usey, Lizzie Bowman, Sahil Patel, and Alexander Schott.

Miles Johnson and Paul Bautista Named Jernberg Scholars

jernberg-websitge-1This year, two students were selected for the Jernberg Scholarship. In 2014, the Board of Trustees established a scholarship that celebrates and awards academic excellence and named it in honor of President Emeritus James Peter Jernberg Jr. who faithfully served the school as president for 26 years. Mr. Jernberg is considered one of the most influential educators in independent education nationwide, so a scholarship in his name comes with much honor and prestige.

This year, Miles Johnson, from Madison, and Paul Bautista, from Brandon, have received the honor. As highly qualified applicants who started out in a much bigger group of candidates, these two had to complete testing, essays, recommendations, and school and financial applications in order to be considered for the scholarship. Once becoming finalists, they completed on-campus interviews, and finally were selected as the 2017-2018 Jernberg Scholars. The scholarship will cover tuition, fees, and other costs of attending JA.

Miles Johnson came to JA from Christ Covenant last year. He had applied for the Jernberg Scholarship for that year but did not receive it, giving him a strong determination to go for it again.

“Dolph Maxwell is a Jernberg Scholar that I really look up to,” says Miles when asked about his feelings on being a Jernberg Scholar. Dolph received the Jernberg Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year and attends Miles’ church. “I also have had relatives work here in the past who knew Mr. Jernberg…I know it’s a great honor, and I’m so excited to receive it.”

Miles says the aspect that most attracted him to JA was technology. The Tech Center and the Learning Commons won big points with him, and he uses both areas frequently. He really enjoys his classes, especially sports broadcasting with Ms. Lawrence where he experiences hands on learning with modern broadcasting technology. Miles says that for his personal goals as a student at JA and a Jernberg scholar, it’s not about winning the race but how you run it, and he plans to work hard under the examples he has at JA and his church, Highland Presbyterian.

Paul Bautista comes to JA next year from Brandon Middle as a ninth grader. Paul was looking for a school that would challenge him as a student and as a young man. “I wanted a better education so I can live my life to the greatest I can, and I saw that the best place to do that was here,” he says.

Paul was also really attracted to the technology opportunities at JA as well as a few other values of the JA Way. “I like this place because it emphasizes community, not just excellence.” Paul applied to four boarding schools as well as JA and at first was looking forward to his opportunities there. But a visit to JA and its community showed him that he could be given a challenge right here in Jackson at a school that already feels like home. He is very excited to start next year.

“This is one of those ultimate journeys…I don’t expect myself to be perfect, but I do want to be able to say I came out a better person.”

The scholarship celebrates the influence of Peter Jernberg’s significant impact on the world of independent education with the hope that each recipient will, in turn, become an individual who makes an impact on his school and community through academics and character.

Qualified students may apply for the Jernberg Scholarship at Jackson Academy for the 2018-2019 school year beginning in the fall of 2017. More information on the Jernberg Scholarship is available at

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