JA Athletes Sign with Bates College and Gulf Coast CC

Megan Lacey and Peyton Norwood signed to play college sports on Thursday, April 11. Megan will compete as a part of Bates College’s track and field team, where she will double-major in biology and politics. Peyton will play golf for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College studying on a pre-law track. Peyton and Megan were JA’s eighth and ninth students to sign for college athletics this year. Congratulations, Peyton and Megan!

MC’s Inaugural Honors College Includes Two JA Students

Mississippi College has selected Avery and Erin Hederman as members of the college’s first Honors College class beginning this fall. They will be among 14 students who will work with MC President Dr. Blake Thompson to build the program at MC. The inaugural Honors College members will weigh in on curriculum, student selection process, and honors housing, for example, and will help decide what is best for the MC program. The students will travel to visit other honors colleges as they work to develop the program.

It was through the college’s scholarship process that the girls were tapped as potential members of the budding Honors College concept. Students who score 29 and above on the ACT are invited by MC to participate in Presidential Scholarship interviews. The Presidential Scholarship process requires an essay, introduction video submission, resume, transcript, and interview weekend, explained Avery.

“About a month or so after the interview process, Director of Freshman Recruitment Michael Wright, Director of Admissions Kyle Brantley, and President Dr. Blake Thompson came to visit us.  They wanted to share some news in person and invited our parents and grandparents to be there, as well,” Erin said. “Since Dr. Thompson’s arrival at MC, he has had a vision for the school to establish its first Honors College.”

The college leaders invited Avery and Erin to be a part of the inaugural class of Honor Students. “We will be able to travel abroad as an Honors College cohort and have expansive experiential learning opportunities within our field of study. We will have many missions opportunities as well. The Honors College will provide a way for us to represent the university in recruitment and donor functions, and we will help grow this program through these,” said Erin.

Avery and Erin were invited to Dr. Thompson’s inauguration March 29. The MC Honors College was announced, and the Honors College members were introduced during the ceremony.

The opportunities at Mississippi College offer the two JA students ways to build upon their academic and extracurricular accomplishments at JA, including playing soccer for the Choctaws. “Being involved in the Honors College at MC will allow us to form relationships with people who we may not have met otherwise. We will have the opportunity to serve Mississippi College and leave our own mark,” said Avery. “Through the Honors College, we will be pushed and surrounded by people who want us to succeed and to be our best selves.”

Color Me Raider 2019 Registration Now Open


Get ready for Color Me Raider! This year’s event will be held on April 9, 2019. You may only register ONE time per email address so please register all attendees in the same registration. T-shirts are included in the registration fee and will not be sold separately. T-shirts are only guaranteed when registration is completed by March 19, 2019.

Register Online


  • Color Stations Throughout Course
  • 1-Mile Fun Run for Younger Kids
  • Awesome T-Shirt Included in Fee & Students Can Wear to School on 4/9
  • Cool Kid’s Fun Zone & Games
  • Crawfish & Concessions for Sale
  • Running Club Credit… 15 Laps for 5K and 5 Laps for 1-Mile Fun Run
  • It’s On, Rain or Shine… No Refunds!


The JA Athletic Booster Club is accepting online registration and payment only this year! The early bird registration fee is $30 per person if registered by Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Registration fees will go up to $40 per person starting Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Registration includes 5K (or 1-mile fun run), t-shirt (white t-shirt with Color Me Raider 2019 design), admission to the Kid’s Fun Zone.

Packet Pickup

  • To be announced


Absolutely no golf carts, bikes or motorized vehicles are allowed on the course unless specifically marked with official volunteer signage. Law enforcement and race volunteers will be enforcing this rule. Your cooperation is required for everyone’s safety.

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