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Pat Taylor Honored by SAIS

Jackson Academy’s headmaster has been named the 2016 recipient of the Southern Association of Independent Schools Distinguished Service Award. The honor was presented to Dr. Taylor Sunday at a banquet during the SAIS Conference. This award is given by the SAIS Board of Trustees to a head of school or senior administrator in recognition of a long and distinguished career in independent education, of which 25 years or more has been spent in service to one school, as well as service to SAIS.
The Distinguished Service Award was inspired by the life and work of Dale Regan, who devoted 34 years of her life to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, and who, posthumously, was the award’s first recipient in 2012.

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Education Connection—Jernberg Scholars Program


By Marilyn Tinnin

For 26 years, the name Peter Jernberg was synonymous with Jackson Academy. His outstanding leadership created a culture of excellence, not just in academics but also through encouraging lives of character, purpose, and community involvement. His influence will remain a cornerstone of the Jackson Academy educational experience.

In his honor, the Board of Trustees, in 2014, established…continue reading on

Lady Raiders Take 3rd Straight MAIS Volleyball Title


Wednesday at Belhaven University the Lady Raiders successfully defended their state title during an all-day MAIS volleyball tournament. Their teamwork solidified a three-peat title for the volleyball team, and the first JA state title for incoming volleyball coach Christina Lawrence. Assistant coach is Jennifer Bracken. The Lady Raiders completed the season with a 25-8 record.

In the state tournament, JA won its quarterfinal match over Hillcrest, its semifinal match over Jackson Prep, and it final match over PCS, not losing a set en route to the state title.

‘Illuminate’ – JA’s Fall Retreat

Students are organizing the fall retreat scheduled for November 11-13. The inspiration behind the theme of this retreat is Matthew 5:16 that encourages Christians to let their light shine. Students in grades seven through twelve may attend “Illuminate.” The retreat will take place on the JA campus with a community service activity off site. As with previous years, students will spend the night in host homes. Students are invited to take part and light up the world with God’s love.

Junior Ryder Cup Teammate Wilson Furr…

Junior Ryder Cup Teammate Wilson Furr Draws Fans from Minnesota and Mississippi

On Sunday the United States reclaimed the Ryder Cup title. While that victory was special, the Ryder Cup now means something special for Jackson, and, especially, for Jackson Academy. JA senior, Wilson Furr, played on the winning U.S. team in the Junior Ryder Cup held prior to the Ryder Cup.

“It is such a pleasure to coach a young man like Wilson, who excels in a sport he loves and also exemplifies the qualities of good sportsmanship and camaraderie valued in the game of golf,” said Ronnie Rogers, former JA golf coach. “We couldn’t be more proud of the way Wilson represented Jackson Academy and the state of Mississippi in the Junior Ryder Cup.” JA’s team will be coached by Rob Triplett in the upcoming season, while Coach Rogers will assist with tennis.

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