JA volleyball was recognized this past week by the Clarion-Ledger for All State team selections and Coach of the Year. Earlier in November, MAIS named JA players to the All State team and as Player of the Year. At the team banquet, varsity and junior varsity team records were recognized and individual awards were presented.
Azaria McDowell and Steven Chustz have been named Jackson Academy’s School Winners in the Heisman High School Scholarship competition! The Heisman High School Scholarship program recognizes scholar-athletes who perform with excellence in the classroom, on the field, and in their communities.
“We believe Apple Distinguished Schools are some of the most innovative schools in the world,” begins the Apple Distinguished School website. “They’re centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate our vision of exemplary learning environments.”
Apple has designated Jackson Academy as an Apple Distinguished School for the fourth time, first in 2013, then again in 2015, 2017, and 2019. JA is among a small number of schools in 34 countries to receive the honor.
Four Jackson Academy students stood reverently beside a member of “The Old Guard” atop a hill overlooking a lush fall backdrop in Washington, D.C. The guard’s job was to stand sentry and lead a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The students’ jobs were to present a wreath as a memorial to those who gave their lives to defend their country, and who remain unidentified.
Everyone who attended the fourth grade Mississippi program knew more about the Magnolia State once they exited the Performing Arts Center Friday morning. The annual program highlights well known and lesser known Mississippi facts through songs and skits.
Grace Simmons finds purpose in influencing her students to embrace imagination and improvement, making her excited to come to work as a fifth grade teacher at Jackson Academy. “I love JA,” she said. “It’s a very nurturing environment for students, and the faculty is so close. Jackson Academy is exceptional.”
The Clarion-Ledger announced Sunday that Jackson Academy was named Best Private School in its poll in which Mississippians vote for their most admired businesses, organizations, people, and events. In two other categories, voters named Sandra McKay Best Teacher and the JA Carnival Best Festival.
This announcement comes just weeks after the Mississippi Business Journal named JA the Best Private School in its annual poll.
Grandparents didn’t mind returning to school one bit, as long as they got to sit beside their grandchildren in class. Over 200 grandparents, relatives, and special friends braved a bit of stormy weather to attend JA’s first Upper School Grandparents Day Friday.