Kinkead Dent Signs with Ole Miss

Senior Kinkead Dent signed to play football at the University of Mississippi on Wednesday, December 19 at 11 a.m. Joining Dent for the event were his family, coaches, teammates, faculty, fellow students, and friends. With 6,740 total career yards, 62 touchdowns, and a 23-16 record, Dent’s leadership and tenacity as a player have been proven throughout his four years as a varsity starter and as JA’s team captain during the 2018-2019 season. Congratulations, Kinkead!

Four Lady Raiders Make Collegiate Athletic Commitments

Athletic Signings

Jackson Academy seniors Avery Hederman and Erin Hederman of Jackson, Darby Douglas of Madison, and Columbia Holeman of Morton signed to play collegiate sports during a ceremony this month. On hand to congratulate these outstanding Lady Raiders were their families, fellow students, faculty and staff, and Alpha & Omega Buddies from kindergarten.


Athletic SigningsColumbia Holeman, committing to Indiana University for softball:

  • First softball player from Mississippi to sign with Indiana University
  • First Jackson Academy athlete to sign with D1 Softball
  • Member of Impact Gold Mississippi softball team
  • On base percentage: 0.607
  • Bases Stolen: 31
  • Outs while stealing bases: 0
  • Fastest 40 yard and 20 yard dash at NCSA Combine with over 2,200 athletes
  • Holds record for home runs at JA
  • 2015, 2016 MAIS All Conference
  • 2016 MVP
  • 2014, 2016 Best Offensive Player
  • 2017 Junior Year Team Captain

Athletic SigningsDarby Douglas, committing to the University of South Florida for soccer:

  • Six year varsity starter in soccer
  • 5 time All Conference/Varsity Soccer
  • 2018 MAIS All Star/Soccer
  • Co-MVP of 2018 MAIS All Star Soccer Game
  • Member 2017 and 2018 JA Lady Raider State Championship Soccer Teams
  • 2018 JA Soccer Player’s Player of the Year Award
  • Max Preps Player of the Week for October 1-8, 2018
  • 2013, 2014, and 2015 MVP Defense/Varsity Soccer
  • Senior Year: 10 shutouts, 90% Save Percentage, 0.65 Goals Against Average, 2 assists
  • Varsity Career: 52 shutouts, 963 career saves
  • Member of 2017 Rush Select National Team
  • Two Time State Cup Champion with MS Rush 2000 Premier Team
  • 2016 President’s Cup Champion with Oxford SC
  • Winner of 2017 Disney Showcase with New York SC
  • Winner of 2018 San Marino Cup (Italy) with Connecticut Rush
  • Winner of 2017 Presidents Day Tournament (Arizona) with Rush Select National Team.
  • Current Member of Albion Hurricanes FC 2001 ECNL Team (Houston, TX)
  • Current Member of MS Rush 2000/01 Premier

Athletic SigningsAvery Hederman, committing to Mississippi College for soccer:

  • Varsity soccer Team Captain junior and senior year
  • Varsity soccer All Conference player 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Senior All-Star Selection
  • 2016 Raider Award
  • 2017 MVP
  • 2018 Player’s Player of the Year
  • Senior Year Stats: 20 goals, 24 assists
  • Led team in assists junior and senior year

Erin Hederman, committing to Mississippi College for soccer:

  • Varsity soccer Team Captain senior year
  • Varsity soccer All-Conference player 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • Senior All-Star Selection
  • All-Star Game MVP
  • 2018 Team MVP
  • 2018 Golden Boot
  • 2017 Golden Boot
  • 2017 Player’s Choice Award
  • 2015 Best Offense
  • School Record for Career Goals: 113
  • School Record for Goals in a Season: 46
  • Senior Year Scoring Stats: 46 Goals and 18 Assists
  • Featured in Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd”
  • Twice Received MaxPreps Player of the Week for Mississippi

National Merit Semifinalists Meet Challenges in Classroom and on Stage and Field

Lucy Clement, Anne “Kit” McCormack, and David “Burkette” Moulder III have been recognized as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A challenging academic curriculum and numerous opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities related to their interests have empowered these talented students. The support and engagement fostered by their families, and JA’s faculty and staff, propelled them to achieve beyond their own expectations.

Clement, McCormack, and Moulder were among more than 1.6 million juniors across the nation who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during the fall of 2017. After that initial screening, these students partnered with Jackson Academy and completed detailed scholarship applications with information about their academics, activities in the school and community involvement, leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizes approximately 16,000 semifinalists. These students now qualify to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million to be offered next spring.

Lucy ClementLucy Clement

What activities are you involved in?

I am a dance captain for Encore (our high school show choir), I tutor JA students, compete in academic competitions, and participate as a member of set crew in school theatre productions. I also serve as co-president of the Latin club and as a member of JA’s new Honor Council. I’ve been able to be involved in is the Duke TIP Summer Studies program. For three summers I was able to go to Duke University for 3 weeks and not only take a class that was incredibly fun and engaging, but also meet so many awesome people that I’m still friends with today.

How has JA helped prepare you for academic success?

JA is big enough that you have the opportunity to take the most challenging and rigorous classes but small enough that classes are never too crowded and your teachers are able to get to know you. This balance helps make all of our classes much more interactive & personal and has allowed me to develop my interests and talents.

What classes are you taking this year?

AP Calculus, Latin IV, Honors Psychology, AP Literature, AP Government/Economics, and Encore.

Which has been your favorite class and why?

I really enjoyed AP Government with Mrs. Ball and AP Literature with Mr. Dickson. In both classes we get to cover really cool material that’s easy to get interested in and excited about, and Mrs. Ball and Mr. Dickson both go out of their way to get our ideas, opinions, and thoughts on whatever topic we’re covering.

What are some of your favorite memories from your time at JA?

Some stand-out memories are Encore’s trip to Waffle House last year after winning Grand Champion at the Jackson Prep show choir competition, going to Dramafest at MSU with the one-act play, our field trip to the WWII museum where Mrs. Ball single-handedly forced open the elevator doors for our group, and watching the fireworks on the last night of Encore’s trip to Disney World.


Anne Kit McCormackAnne “Kit” McCormack

What activities are you involved in?

I am a member of the varsity cheerleading team and the outdoor club. I give tumbling lessons to little girls which is really fun, and I also lead a D-Group at Christ United Methodist Church on Wednesdays – that’s my favorite thing.

How has JA helped prepare you for academic success?

I’ve been at JA my whole life, so I really owe all of my academic success to JA, and my parents of course. It has taught me how to be a functioning, responsible student. I feel like I know how to manage my time and responsibilities on my own and get stuff done when I need to because of this school.

What classes are you taking this year?

AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, Government, World Literature, Psychology/Sociology, and Current Events

Which has been your favorite class and why?

I have had so many amazing teachers over the last few years that I really don’t think I can pick a favorite class. To me, the amount I enjoy the class comes from whether or not the teacher connects with the students. Even if the class is hard, which most of mine are, if I feel like the teacher cares about me personally, I usually enjoy the class. This has been the case in basically every class in my high school career.

What are some of your favorite memories from your time at JA?

Mr. Dickson’s literature class was definitely one of the most memorable classes I have taken, overall. I have been here for fifteen years now, so it’s hard to pick just one memory. I’m pretty sure I’ve spent nearly as many hours here as I have at my own house, so I’m very comfortable here and with all the people.


David Burkette Moulder IIIDavid “Burkette” Moulder III

What activities are you involved with at JA?

I am in Encore, run cross country, participate in ultimate frisbee, and compete in Quizbowl.

How has JA helped prepare you for academic success?

The teachers at JA have challenged me and helped me to become a better thinker, but they have also shown over and over that they care about me and what is best for me.

What classes are you taking this year?

Introduction to Engineering, Theatre Tech, AP Calculus, AP Literature, AP Government, Encore, and AP Physics C

Which has been your favorite class and why?

AP Physics and AP Language/AP Literature  are tied for my favorite class. As different as these two subjects may seem, the reason I like them so much is the same: they have challenged me to think for myself and developed me into a more complex and developed thinker.

What are some of your favorite memories from your time at JA?

I can’t say that I really have a favorite memory at JA. Every day at JA that I get to spend with my teachers and friends is so unique and rewarding that it makes it impossible to really nail down a few memories as my “favorite.”

New Tuition Exchange Agreements Offer Benefits

JA Tuition Exchange

New tuition exchange and scholarship agreements between Jackson Academy and three area colleges and universities will provide Jackson Academy students and full-time faculty and staff dependents more affordable access to independent higher education.

Officials at Belhaven University, Millsaps College, and Mississippi College have each signed agreements offering tuition remission discounts for undergraduate degrees to JA students who meet admission requirements. Millsaps College has also offered a discount for its graduate business degrees, including the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Accountancy, and the Executive MBA. Full time JA employees, parents of current JA students, and JA alumni can receive graduate programs discounts.

In exchange, Jackson Academy will offer a discount to the dependents of all full time faculty and staff of these three educational institutions when those dependents meet JA’s normal admissions requirements.

“We are delighted to have entered into these reciprocal agreements with Millsaps College, Mississippi College, and Belhaven University that make obtaining an education at these fine institutions more accessible for our graduates and children of faculty and staff, and which will in turn encourage faculty and staff at those institutions to strongly consider sending their children to Jackson Academy,” said JA Head of School Jack Milne.

General points about the programs:

  • The Tuition Exchange Program is open to all JA students who qualify for admission at the institution of higher education.
  • The Tuition Exchange Program is open to dependents (as determined by the IRS) of full time faculty and staff of the participating institutions who qualify for admission.
  • There is no waiting period to participate.
  • The Tuition Exchange Program applies to undergraduate students for the participating independent colleges, with the exception of the Millsaps graduate programs. The agreement is for Belhaven’s traditional program only.
  • Other details specific to the institutions may apply.

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