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In preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students in each of Jackson Academy's divisions learned from the remarkable Civil Rights leader's life last Friday, which fell on King's actual birth date. King's passion to achieve equality through nonviolent protest significantly furthered the cause of justice for minorities, spearheading much of the work to desegregate American life and culture in the 50s and 60s. Through age-appropriate activities, JA teachers encouraged their students to use the long weekend to contemplate the foundation that King laid and how they will contribute to a world of justice and equality for everyone. In this article, we feature a single project from each academic division. Kindergarten Project In kindergarten, students collaborated to create a colorful piece of art. Each student selected a color to paint their hand before placing it on the post to surround a poem that reads: "Treat people kindly:Do what is fair.Work for all people:Show that you care.Change what is wrong,But please don't fight!Think of new waysTo change wrong to right.These are the ways,as we work as a team,to remember the man who said, 'I have a dream.'" Second Grade Project In the second grade, teachers guided students through a lesson on Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. The students then created and filled booklets with responses to what they learned and reflection questions, like, "What is your contribution to the world?". One student answered that their contribution was their singing; another talked about how they choose to be friends with
When current JA seniors head off to college next fall, many of them will do so with several hours of college credit already complete. In 2019, Jackson Academy signed a dual enrollment agreement with Belhaven University, allowing JA students who meet Belhaven's admission requirements to take classes that earn college and high school credit simultaneously. The credits earned through Belhaven transfer to other accredited colleges and universities. JA seniors and some juniors have opportunities to earn in English Composition I, World Literature or British Literature, College Algebra, and Trigonometry.Dual-enrollment enables students to spend less time working through general education requirements. Once they arrive at college, they can focus on completing requirements toward a major or minor or exploring other areas of interest. "It's useful in the math, especially for the kids who are not going into a math or science field in college," said Amanda Smithers, who teaches Upper School mathematics, including a course for dual-credit. According to Smithers, the benefits of dual-enrollment go beyond earning college credit. "I think it's important for students who haven't taken a bunch of AP classes to see the pace and material of what to expect in a college class." For parents and students considering the dual-enrollment courses currently offered at JA, Smithers recommends careful consideration. "Dual-credit is not for everyone," said Smithers. "Those students that are going into a math or science field of study wouldn't necessarily benefit from having credit for college algebra … Make sure it fits in with your future plans."
Academy Honor Roll Twelfth Grade Drew Antici, Thomas Arnold, Simms Baker, Emmy Brown, Mackenzie Coburn, Gracie Coe, Emma Collums, Ava Couey, Ava Crawford, Jenna Daly, Locke Danley, McNeill Dinkins, Coleman Dinkins, Mary Grace Downs, Meredith Fielder, Gus Gordon, Caroline Graven, Phoebe Guinn, Caroline Harrington, Sophie Hays, Avery Hendrick, Michael Hogue, Andrew Holmes, Evie Hudgins, Zoe Ladner, Emory Ann Laseter, Isabelle Lee, Miles Taylor Leverette, Anabel McCraney, Lachlan McLendon, Pryor Mehrle, Hensley Moulder, Elizabeth Pedigo, Madeleine Pettus, Will Pilkington, Priya Ray, Anna Blake Reed, Elena Roberts, Emma Roberts, Lila Robertson, Elise Robinson, Anna Claire Seago, Bryant Seago, Rett Stanley, Emery Thigpen, Wes Thomas, Jack Varner, Maysa Vivians, Kate White, Alice Williams, Anne York Eleventh Grade Abby Arnett, Andrew Burks, Anna Claire Bush, Elizabeth Castle, Gibson Cheney, Joseph Ciaccio, Caroline Courtney, Rachel Beth Deaton, Ridley Dehmer, Wilson Eatherly, Regan Felder, Cade Gadman, Connor Gee, Sandon Guild, Logan Huff, Anthony Jasinski, Maggie Koury, Libby Lohmeier, Mary Gibson Lundy, Molly McClure, Anna Carlisle Nichols, Olivia Quin, Caroline Redman, Anne Barret Roberson, Garrett Smith, Ashton Tate, Reed Travelstead, Fran Wilkirson, Annalee Willson Tenth Grade Thomas Antici, Molly Baldwin, Bailey Berry, Ishmam Bhuiyan, Avery Brooks, Coleman Chustz, Sarah Clay, Elizabeth Copeland, Lucy Brooks Elfert, Cooper Flechas, Mary Grace Foster, Jeffrey Gao, Ann Cole Hammons, Houston Hearn, Emma Duncan Hogue, Win Hooker, Collett Hudson, Blake Jones, Eliza Perkins, Gracie Drew Pratt, Dev Sharma, Kathleen Thigpen, Camille Towery, Bennett Wier, Olivia Claire Williford, Parker Yarborough Ninth Grade Vivian Baker, Mallory Brooks, Virginia Browning, Mya Coins, Red Deaton, Anna