May 6th, 2014

JA Receives Awards for Tuesday Raider, Video, Website Writing, and Feature Story

PR Awards

This spring, JA was acknowledged by two professional organizations for Office of Marketing and Communications projects. The projects were entered into annual competitions of the Southeast District III Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM).

In February, CASE awarded JA special merit awards for the Tuesday Raider in the print and digital publications category/low budget publication and for the “Only at JA” section of the website in the website writing category.

Case Award Winners

In April 2014 PRAM held the Prism Awards program that recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations by professionals and students within the state of Mississippi. The Tuesday Raider received a Prism Award in the tactical materials/projects category. The website video “Choosing A School” and the website section “Only at JA” won awards of excellence. The feature story, Her Name Was Barbara, about JA’s robotics program, won an award of merit.

To view the items receiving awards, visit the following links:

Tuesday Raider
Only At JA Web Page
Admissions Web Page
Her Name Was Barbara Story

The Office of Marketing and Communications includes Director of Marketing and Communications, Patti Wade, Interactive Media Coordinator, Michelle Mills, and Graphic Designer, Brian Byrd. The 2013-14 year also included part-time staff member, Sarah Lowery, who aided and contributed to the work and marketing efforts of Jackson Academy.

Patti focuses on helping JA communicate strategically to help the school fulfill its mission and meets its goals. She serves on the Administrative Leadership Team and supervises the Office of Marketing and Communications. She coordinates the JAAM with Alumni Relations, the Tuesday Raider and Summer Raider, works with advertising, and contributes to website messaging/management/content.

Contact her at for the following:
Tuesday Raider/Summer Raider
Requests from the media
JAAM (or Becky Greer at

Michelle leads social media efforts, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, helping JA tell its story to thousands of individuals both inside and outside of JA. She coordinates photography, contributes regularly to website management and content and sends photos to area newspapers. Michelle works with the headmaster’s office to distribute campus-wide emergency messages through social media.

Contact her at for the following:
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Website questions

Brian designs print and electronic publications, regularly contributes to website content, design, and management, coordinates electronic message boards, and completes advertising design and placement. He oversees design and distribution of electronic messages, such as the Tuesday Raider and non-emergency email blasts.

Contact him at for the following:
Design for Jackson Academy/logo use questions
Website questions
Message Board/Sign requests

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