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2015-16 Jernberg Scholars Announced

(From left): Carter Elliott, Allie Perkins, Columbia Holeman, Peter Jernberg, Sahil Patel, and Gracie Coe

Jackson Academy has selected five students for the inaugural class of Jernberg Scholars. The JA Board of Trustees established the Jernberg Scholarship, which celebrates and awards academic excellence, in honor of President Emeritus Peter Jernberg who retired this past summer. The scholarships will become effective in the 2015-16 school year.

Students were chosen from among a large group of highly qualified applicants who completed testing, essays, recommendations, and school and financial applications. Finalists completed on-campus interviews.

Chosen for 2015-16 are Gracie Coe of Brandon, (sixth grade), Carter Elliott of Brandon (seventh grade), Columbia Holeman of Morton (Sand Hill) (eighth grade), Allie Perkins of Brandon (ninth grade), and Sahil Patel of Jackson (tenth grade). Gracie, Carter, Columbia, and Sahil are current JA students, and Allie will be coming to JA for 2015-16.

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Lunch to Lead Explores Quiet Leadership

VL-Lunch-to-Lead(From left): Caroline Childress, Emma Ward, Ray Higgins, Vivian Lang, Liv Noble, and Olivia Stringer

Monday’s Lunch to Lead speaker was Vivian Lang, from the Class of 2010. She spoke to the students about how she has expanded her view of leadership since her high school years. Vivian related how she once believed that there was a hierarchy of leadership where people who took on the biggest roles were the best leaders. Her opinion has evolved during college to accept that small acts of leadership are just as important as the ones that end up being noticed and that an audience, medal, or fan base is not required for leadership to be worthwhile. She relayed a story about Robert Khayat walking the Ole Miss campus early in the mornings while he was Chancellor to pick up trash while no one was out to witness his service. Vivian said this type of “quiet leadership” can be more powerful than the actions that make the newspapers. She then challenged the students to offer small acts of leadership each day using the gifts they have been given to serve those around them.

One thing that struck her was a sorority sister who kept her room in the house very neat and her door open. When Vivian commented on it, her friend told her that she kept it picked up so that if a girl wanted to come in and talk, she didn’t have to clean out a place for her to sit—- she could just stop and talk to the girl. She wanted to have an open door so that anyone who needed an ear could find her. This same friend nurtured a gift for listening, not preparing what her response was going to be when people were talking to her. Vivian said that opened her eyes to the value of quiet leadership. She said that when she was preparing to speak, she tried to think of any “noteworthy” leadership recognition she had earned recently and drew a blank until a fellow grad student thanked her for being an encourager during their first semester. Vivian had not intentionally done this but realized that the small gestures can make a big difference to someone who is struggling.

Vivian graduated from Ole Miss and is a first year grad student at Wake Forest University where she is studying English Literature. She told the students that they were welcome to call or text her if they had any questions about college life, grad school, or Accents.

Third Quarter Honor Rolls

Honor rolls for grades 7 through 12 for the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year are as follows:
Academy: Twelfth Grade William Bell, Hunter Berry, Sarah Allen Bowman, Elizabeth Burford, Kristen Clower, Grady Fisher, Maris Hardee, Maggie Hubbard, Hannah Jane LeDuff, Jake Manning, Suzie Raines, Tori Roberts, Thad Scott, Mary Brooks Thigpen, Will Tribble, Will Varner, Matt Whitfield, Martha Rose Wright Eleventh Grade Kendall Cockayne, Sarah French, Georgia Gibson, Dalton Gibson, Kathleen Giddens, Ford Gordon, Robyn Hadden, Sydney Hays, Kyle Kantor, Parker Kennedy, Rose Maxwell, Tyler McClellan, Hannah McCowan, Glennis McWilliams, Hayley Murphy, Caroline Nall, Avenell Newman, Amanda Ray, Sam Rhodes, Alexis Ridgeway, Davis Rippee, Jack Virden, Clarke Wilkirson Tenth Grade Alexandra Barlow, Lizzie Bowman, Catherine Burford, Grace Cartwright, Conley Chinn, Mary Hunter Johnston, Sahil Patel, Travis Rogers, Malon Stratton, Livvie Strickland, Nancy Usey Ninth Grade Avery Anderson, Janise Bennett, Blaine Bowman, Hadley Brennan, Sam Ciaccio, Hannah Collums, Lacey Irby, Will Laird, Braden Lewis, Emma Lucas, Dolph Maxwell, Kennedy Neal, Jeffery Richburg, Maggie Smith, Olivia Stringer, Emma Ward, Anna Claire Williams Eighth Grade Skylar Alexander, Eeshaan Bajaj, Ashton Berry, Samantha Brown, Elliott Butler, Lucy Clement, Camille Couey, Mary Beth Dyess, Camille Felder, Avery Hederman, Erin Hederman, Columbia Holeman, Megan Lacey, Lexi Lomax, Anne Marie Lundy, Kit McCormack, Preston McWilliams, Brandon Miller, Gabrielle Morris, Reese Overstreet, Webb Strickland, Mary Lindley Tharp, Mary Parker Williams Seventh Grade Reese Anderson, Emily Burks, Steven Chustz, Carter Elliott, Courtney Francois, Logan Hatten, Russell Hawkins, Caroline Hill, Sydney Morris, Virginia Parry, Maddie Puckett, Anna Katherine Ray, Anna Roberson, Ellie Rogers, Kayla Shepherd, Lily Grace Thigpen, Nelson Thomas, Jane Anna Vickery, Mary Gray White

Honors: Twelfth Grade Matthew Aiken, Samuel Anderson, Blake Brennan, Caroline Burford, Gordon Campbell, Matthew Campbell, Zach DePriest, Caroline Duncan, Annie Edgecombe, Danielle Hodges, Haley Hodges, Elizabeth Jones, Eliza Lundy, Purav Maisuria, Chandler Sessums, Bryan Sumner, Jheri Thomas, Chrisshawn Turner, Ann Elizabeth Walker, Lauren Williams, Bailey Wood Eleventh Grade Makenna Adams, Nick Beddingfield, Allie Brown, Brennan Canton, Madison Carroll, Matthew Faulkner, Daisy Ford, Reid Fracchia, Hannah Hudson, Camryn Kestenbaum, Abbey Lindsay, Rebecca Nosef, Mary Ousley Owen, Annalee Purdie, Hays Rogers, Avery Smith, Blaine Tierney, Cory Tirman, Abigail Tyner, Delaney Wallace, Lucy Waller, Ford Williams, Hannah Wootton Tenth Grade Parker Alexander, Hope Berry, Gabrielle Bradford, Mary Kathryn Brogan, Mary Kate Brown, Kathryn Butler, Emily Earle, Chelsea Francois, Abigail Giddens, Callie Hall, Grace Herfurth, Abbie Knighton, Claire McClure, Milla McCormack, Ambie McCoy, John McIntyre, William Mitchell, Kassidy Neal, Grace Parry, Michael Payne, Meredith Roberts, Olivia Rule, Elizabeth Scott, Phillip Talley, Gracy Thomas, Mitchell Tyner, Caroline Watson, Dray Willson, Kayla Young Ninth Grade Bryan Barksdale, Caroline Childress, Kellan Clower, Kennedy Collins, Sophie Creath, Sara Thomas Easley, Frances Anne Fortner, Cailynn Gregory, Katie Johnson, Bailey Magee, Meredith McClellan, Elizabeth McCubbins, James McLemore, Gracie Meck, Blake Mills, Mary Mitchell, Gage Morgan, Liv Noble, Lindsey Nosef, Walker Pedigo, Luke Pitts, Baley Reed, Noah Thigpen, Lillie Walker, Sarah Grea Walker, Drake Warman, Brehan Whitehead, Cassidy Wray Eighth Grade Ashlyn Adair, Hayden Allen, Addison Avdoyan, Ellie Brent Cartwright, Jack Crisler, Sarah Fisher, Jarvon Gaines, Charlie Gautier, Ramey Hogue, Thomas Iupe, Sean Lackey, Francie LeDuff, Nayan Malhotra, Charlotte Palmer, Tyler Pitts, Tafarri Pleas, McKinna Powell, Emory Rhodes, Walker Rippee, Will Spence Seventh Grade Joseph Adams, Lili Alford, Blakely Amis, Walker Barnes, Wesley Bowman, Nicholas Brown, Brent Butler, Katie Carter, Elizabeth Childress, Ava Del Vecchio, Gracie Eubank, Sydney Guy, Zipporah Hawkins, Gabrielle Healy, Ashlie Henderson, John David Hendrick, Trey Herrington, Alayla Jackson, William Janous, Case Kempthorne, Henry Lee, Christian Luckett, P.J. Martin, Sara Evelyn McClintock, Harris McLemore, Chris Mondie, Kennedy Nations, Douglas Noble, Nora Pickering, Will Travelstead, Don Waller, Elizabeth Watson, Reed White

Career Day Highlights Job Prospects for College Grads

Career-Day-WebEvery other year the Counseling Office and Alumni Relations Office host Career Day for juniors and seniors. This year, Bethany Cooper, a corporate recruitment and talent management coordinator for FNC, Inc. in Oxford, Miss., presented the keynote talk. Her presentation was followed by track sessions featuring medical (physician, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, and physician assistant) and non-medical careers (data analyst, engineer, financial planner, and software developer/computer engineer). Speakers were Brad Antici, director of strategic pricing and analysis at Butler Snow LLP; Ryan Jones ’08, an electrical engineer with Ergon, Inc; Maury Breazeale ’98, a financial advisor with KTB Wealth Partners; Phil Ethridge ’97, product engineer with Bomgar Corporation; Lindsey Batte McMullan ’96, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at UMMC; Ann Fowler Purcell ’01, CFNP, nurse practitioner for women’s services at St. Dominic; Kristen Kennedy Nations ’95, PT, PRN Therapist at St. Dominic; and Carly Stegall Yelverton ’07, physician assistant at Mississippi Sports Medicine. The JAA provided refreshments.

Valentines for Veterans

val for webLed by the MS Impact Club, middle school students participated in a service project for veterans at the local VA hospital. Students donated candy and each middle school student made a Valentine’s Day card. Student volunteers packaged the donated candy and attached a card to each. The cards and treat bags were delivered to the hospital before Valentine’s Day.

Click here to view more photos from the project.

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