Last week, Jen Henson led an intense, five-day ACT prep bootcamp for Jackson Academy’s junior class. Monday through Friday, Henson taught proven strategies and tips to improve performance in five pillars of the ACT; English, science, reading, math, and punctuation. With 22 years of experience as a high school English teacher and nearly ten years owning her ACT coaching company Goal Digger, Henson’s work equipped students with a detailed map to increasing their scores and potentially locking in more competitive scholarships.
Jackson Academy hosted a signing Monday at 10 a.m. for two seniors who are continuing their athletic careers in college baseball next year. Parker Ryan signed with Pearl River Community College and Branson Tadlock signed with Jones County Junior College. Parker and Branson were joined at the event by members of their families, coaches, members of the baseball team, and classmates.
The fourth grade presented the annual My Mississippi program last Friday to an audience of family members. The students sang and recited information about Mississippi’s geography, music, industry, agriculture, and famous citizens. The program was the first to be held by the Lower School this fall and set a precedent of excellence in planning and execution.
Ten Jackson Academy students have been selected to represent their school and hometown while learning more about leading and serving. Each year, area chambers of commerce and nonprofit organizations contact JA’s counselors with invitations for students to apply to their leadership programs. Specific programs have unique emphases, but all aim to cultivate men and women of character prepared to lead the next generation with wisdom and humility.
Academy Honor Roll Twelfth Grade Drew Antici, Thomas Arnold, Parker Bracken, Emmy Brown, Rosemary Caldwell, Mackenzie Coburn, Gracie Coe, Emma Collums, Ava Couey, Ava Crawford, Jenna Daly, Locke Danley, McNeill Dinkins, Coleman Dinkins, Caroline Graven, Caroline Harrington, Sophie Hays, Avery Hendrick, Ethan Hill, Zharia Hill, Andrew Holmes, Evie Hudgins, Zoe Ladner, Emory Ann Laseter, Isabelle […]
Viewing an exhibit of masters of Impressionism just a few moments from your school is an opportunity too exceptional to miss. Thanks to the Mississippi Museum of Art, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, and the Feild Cooperative Association Incorporated, Jackson Academy art and French students received free admission to Van Gogh, Monet, Degas & Their Times, an exhibit of 74 pieces curated from the posthumously donated, personal collection of Paul and Bunny Mellon. The exhibit, which is the 17th collection of the Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series, features some of the most prominent artists and works of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Last week as Breast Cancer Awareness month came to a close, the Jackson Academy community had a fantastic opportunity to honor those who have survived or are currently fighting cancer. Cancer patients often require blood or blood products, such as plasma or platelets, and so on Wednesday, Mississippi Blood Services pulled into the JA parking lot. The organization parked two vans at the school and turned the PAC lobby into a Halloween-themed blood donation site.
Just prior to Halloween, seventh and eighth grade students divided into groups by their birthday months and visited outdoor areas on campus designated for trick or treating. Ninth and tenth grade students raised money for Student Council Christmas projects by braving entry into a Haunted House Thursday evening.
Last Friday, students in K3 through fourth grade took turns visiting the Brickyard to participate in the annual JA Carnival. Volunteers from the Jackson Academy Association, JA’s parent organization, had transformed the area from a field of competition to a field of celebration, with traditional carnival games ready for all to enjoy! Members of the JAA planned and prepared for months to provide a carnival like no other this year, resulting in a fun, memorable success.
Each year WAPT TV 16 and Bank Plus team up to recognize high school athletes who are excellent scholars. Jackson Academy’s recipient for 2020-21 is senior Drew Antici of Madison. WAPT produces a video about each student and holds a banquet honoring the recipients in the spring.