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Junior officers

Juniors serving as class officers on the Jackson Academy Student Council for 2019-2020 are (from left) Alice Williams, Priya Ray, Thomas Arnold, and Ava Couey. Not pictured: Lila Robertson.


ALUMNI BOARD

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s Alumni Board of Directors represents the school’s alumni network. The group promotes alumni engagement in the life of St. Andrew’s and encourages support and participation from alumni in Mississippi and beyond. Members of the 2018-19 St.


Lane Spell Rosson

Lane Spell Rosson, 74, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at home in Ridgeland, MS, surrounded by friends and family including her son, Bert Rosson Jr., her sister, Suzanne Case of McComb and niece Rebecca Case Lawler of New Orleans.




Prep Marching Band

Marching Band for Jackson Prep this year are (from left, back) Wesley McCulley, Anu Thind, Tyler Collins, DJ Johnson, Andrew Banks, Spencer Williams, Hayden Mathis; (middle row) Teddie Carroll, Jay Fountain, Wright Thompson, Noah Mallard, Austin Terry, Brittany Jiang; (front) Ben Tiller, Joshua McDonald, Mary Robinson Coco, Anna Kate Bertolet,



Too many students on the wrong side of the digital divide

By CHIP PICKERING,

As students across Mississippi get back to school, it is vitally important our policymakers keep in mind those students and families who continue to struggle, stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide.  As the CEO of INCOMPAS, an association that promotes competition, innovation and economic development in network systems, I am particularly


Summer Care

Jackson Academy’s Summer Care students celebrated the Fourth of July with a dress-up day and parade. Participating in the festivities were (from left) Clara Mosal, Mae Mae Byrd, Ellis Byrd, Hadley Stinson, Mai Terry, Rosemary Lee, Caroline Crell, and Eva Mosal.



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Freeland Harris Magruder

Freeland Harris Magruder, Jr. 89, passed away peacefully at Hospice Ministries on July 10, 2019, sixteen days shy of his 90th birthday. He was born on July 26, 1929 in Memphis, TN, the son of Freeland Harris Magruder, Sr., and Adele Critz Magruder.


John Irwin Kassel

John Irwin Kassel, 84, of Madison, MS, passed away on August 16, 2019, in Austin TX. John was born in New Orleans, LA to Philip Charles Kassel and Iris Mire Kassel on January 23, 1935.  John attended Tulane University. He married JoAnn Morvant on Nov 3, 1956.



News Briefs

Medical marijuana ballot initiative signatures submitted

Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted 105,686 certified signatures from registered voters to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, placing medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot. [Steve Wilson]


Highest averages

Madison-Ridgeland Academy students who maintained the highest academic average among all sports and activities for the 2018-2019 school year were (from left) Alexandra Cullom, Nicolas Rowan, Bryce Ishee, Brewer Hughes, Wilson Benton, Ridge Futral.



Saints baseball

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Holland Townes (center) during the 2019 Senior Night. He was recognized with the baseball team. He is shown with his parents Andrew, Holland and Jan Townes.



Loss

By EDRIE ROYALS,

Another loss.  Another time of grief. My generation experiences death of friends and loved ones with each passing day; and, with every one, we are left with voids that cannot be filled. That`s where we are in the cycle of life. We can see the end, and we are amazed that it is close by.


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Junior winners

Madison Ridgeland Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Students selected as 11th-grade beauty and beau winners are (from left) Nathan Tullos, Nasson Rodriguez, Christopher Snopek, Campbell Owens, Nikki Tullos and Emma Wilson.

 



Historical fiction

Jackson Academy students (from left) Annie Craig, Barron Mosal, Sarah Kathryn Williams, and Liam Spratlin recently authored works of historical fiction about President Abraham Lincoln.

 


Junior favorites

At Jackson Academy’s annual Features Pageant juniors (from left) Zipporah Hawkins, Nelson Thomas, Sydney Guy, Bryan Jameson, Azaria McDowell, and Robert Culpepper were voted class favorites.


Honored

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s basketball teams recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing seniors on the teams and their families. Shown are (from left) Kelly, Olivia and Shannon Hardwick.


Hall of Fame

Alex Gibbs, Jerrion Ealy, Mackenzie Nichols, Reece Davis; (front) Catherine Watson, Abigail Pittman, Eliza Burnham, Mary Patton Murphy


Book tour

Author and illustrator Greg Pizzoli recently read his newly published work, “The Book Hog,” aloud to Jackson Academy lower school students. Shown are (from left) Kate Holsenbeck, Cash Woodall, Chase Ory, Pizzoli, Elizabeth Peters, Reece Burgess and Allyssa Lynskey.

 


Time for school

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School sixth graders enjoying the first day of school are (from left) Isabelle Zevallos, Chloe Marion, Alleah Paulding, Addie LaRose, Emily Alexander, and Ashley Bryan.




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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.





NewSouth NeuroSpine

By DR. RAHUL VOHRA,

“The DEA is on the phone.” Those are words you really never want to hear. To my relief the call wasn’t about my practice. The next week I found myself meeting with two United States District attorneys as well as DEA agents. I was asked to be an expert in a case against two pain specialists in Alabama.



Renaissance to feature new show fountain, theater and Costco

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.

The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.




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Jackson Academy’s Summer Care students celebrated the Fourth of July with a dress-up day and parade.