When teacher Loyal Bearss helped found Jackson Academy as a school for teaching reading by phonics in 1959, he did so with the support of 10 families. The family has since grown.
Leaders in higher education tell us they can spot a JA graduate. Our graduates are successful in the classroom, engaged in service, and prepared for college. Beyond college, JA alumni exhibit lives of purpose, whether that is in the corporate setting, the surgical suite, the arts, the mission field, or the home. Wherever JA alumni are throughout the world, they make an impact.
You can count on Jackson Academy for opportunities to reconnect with fellow alumni and faculty. Each August, the Jackson Academy Association’s A Blue & White Night organizes a festive evening with live music, silent and live auctions, food, and fellowship. The on-campus Alumni Easter Egg Hunt offers games and refreshments for alumni and their children. Homecoming and 10-, 20-, and 30-year class reunions make reminiscing a blast, and alumni from the most recent 10 graduating classes hold a holiday event each Christmas.
We invite you to:
- Attend sporting and performing arts events.
- Engage in JA social media.
- Return for homecoming and reunions.
- Support the Alumni Council.
- Contribute to the school through gifts.
- Submit Class Notes for the True Blue magazine.
Consider this your invitation to get connected!
Jackson Academy’s Alumni Council is made up of alumni volunteers. It is the council’s mission to assist the alumni office in organizing activities and programs for JA alumni that will allow graduates to stay in touch with one another and Jackson Academy. The duties of the class council members:
- Help keep their class connected to JA and their class members.
- Collect and submit class notes for the web site.
- Keep the Alumni Office updated on addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, job changes, etc.
- Assist with JA’s annual giving.
If you are interested in helping with the JA Alumni Council, please contact the Alumni Office: 601-364-5721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reunions and Events
All class reunions are scheduled during the annual Homecoming Game weekend. The JA Alumni Office is ready and willing to help with your reunion planning. The Alumni Office will provide list of mailable addresses and provide postage. A committee of class members will begin the planning process, including helping find lost alumni addresses.
Call the alumni office at 601.364.5403 (email@example.com) for help in planning your reunions or for questions about upcoming reunions.
We spot JA alumni at the following events each year:
- JA Carnival
- K3, K4, K Christmas Open House for Prospective New Students
- Choral Fall Concert
- Young Alumni Christmas Party
- Features Pageant
- K3 Spring Open House
- Alumni Easter Egg Hunt
- JA Choral Music Department’s Spring Spectacular!
- Color Me Raider
- Spring Choral Concert
- Graduation at Christ United Methodist Church
To see how you can be involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raider Reunion Cup
Reunion classes of 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016 will compete with their Annual Fund donations given between October 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. The class with the highest giving percentage will get its class year engraved on the Raider Cup! The Raider Reunion Cup will be presented on April 9, 2021.
ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND APRIL 9-10
Casino-themed party for all classes featuring Doctor Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster. Hosted by JA at The South in downtown Jackson. Adults Only/Casual Attire
Individual class parties for the graduating years of 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016.
Class Reunion Chairs
JoBeth Crespino Avdoyan ’85
Paul Purnell ’86
Katie Lambert Stringer ’90
Ann Marie Henry Lee ’91
Kristen Kennedy Nations ’95
Mysti Futral Chustz ’96
Stephanie Baker Maley ’00
Anna Smith Haralson ’01
Leisel Gresham Jew ’05
Mary Crosby Turner Roberts ’06
Madison Coburn Keyes ’10
David Dye ’11
Eliza Lundy ’15
Sam Rhodes ’16
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