Members of the Jackson Academy Class of 2020 are Joseph Adams, Lili Alford, Reese Anderson, Rush Baldwin, Walker Barnes, Mary Liz Black, Wesley Bowman, Gabe Bradley, Nic Brown, Kelsey Burke, Emily Burks, Brent Butler, Katie Carter, Yazzy Chambers, Lizzy Childress, Steven Chustz, John Eric Clark, Robert Culpepper, Ava Del Vecchio, Terran Demeritte, Bonner Dinkins, Londyn Dorsey, Ginny Dyess, Carter Elliott, Gracie Eubank, Walker Fielder, Courtney Francois;
Also, Leland Gebhart, Tanner Golden, Sydney Guy, Hannah Hardee, Logan Hatten, Russell Hawkins, Zipporah Hawkins, Gabby Healy, John David Hendrick, Trey Herrington, Caroline Hill, Ana Kelly Hontzas, Alayla Jackson, Bryan Jameson, William Janous, Miles Johnson, Frank Jones, Case Kempthorne, Henry Lee, Christian Luckett, Lizzy Magee, Cyrus Manning, PJ Martin, Sara McClintock, Azaria McDowell, Matthew McKee, Harris McLemore, Chris Mondie, Sydney Morris;
Also, Ja’Ree Myers, Kennedy Nations, Douglas Noble, Virginia Parry, Catherine Perry, Reese Phillips, Nora Pickering, Keishun Pickett, Anna Katherine Ray, Anna Roberson, Chase Rush, Alex Rushing, Kayla Shepherd, Tae Stewart, Reeves Stratton, Hailey Swalley, Lily Grace Thigpen, Nelson Thomas, Will Thomas, Will Travelstead, Wenton Walker, Don Waller, Wisdom Ware, Reed White, Mary Gray White.
The Jackson Academy Class of 2020 gathered for a group photo at the beginning of the school year following an event hosted by seniors’ parents.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian:
Jackson Academy is pleased to announce that Anna Katherine Ray, daughter of Martha and William Ray of Madison, is the Class of 2020 valedictorian. Anna Roberson of Ridgeland, daughter of Stacie Roberson and Gary Roberson, is the Class of 2020 salutatorian. These young women excelled academically throughout the four years of Upper School and bear impressive resumes of community service, social engagement, and athletic achievement.
Anna Katherine Ray
National Merit Finalist:
Jackson Academy senior and Jernberg scholar Miles Johnson, son of Chip and Cindy Johnson of Madison, has been recognized as a finalist in the 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Johnson earned recognition by the national organization through standardized testing and an extensive application process involving academic and extracurricular activities, leadership abilities, and honors and awards.
National Merit Commended Student:
Jackson Academy senior Reese Anderson, daughter of Mike and Stacy Anderson of Ridgeland, received an official commendation from the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Seniors Anna Katherine Ray, Carter Elliott, and Miles Johnson, were named STAR students for the 2019-2020 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. This recognition is a reflection of the focus and passion that each of the selected students has demonstrated in their academic pursuits.
Future Christian Leaders:
Mississippi Christian Living magazine, in partnership with Belhaven University, recognized Miles Johnson, Sydney Morris, and Anna Katherine Ray as future Christian leaders based on applications, a personal statement, and an essay.
Heisman High School Winners:
Azaria McDowell and Steven Chustz were named Jackson Academy’s School Winners in the Heisman High School Scholarship competition! The Heisman High School Scholarship program recognizes scholar-athletes who perform with excellence in the classroom, on the field, and in their communities.
Portico Magzine Recognizes JA Seniors:
Portico Magazine named JA seniors Brent Butler and Carter Elliot among the 2019 “25 Students Who Will Change the World.” The application process required an essay, where each student was able to reflect on their greatest accomplishment or experience. Both students wrote about experiences where they used their artistic talents to encourage and uplift others.
Nations Named Homecoming Queen:
Jackson Academy crowned Kennedy Nations, daughter of Kristen and Lee Nations, who graduated from JA in ‘95 and in ‘93, respectively, Homecoming Queen last October.
Anderson and Myers Crowned at Winterfest:
Seniors Reese Anderson and Ja’Ree Myers were crowned queen and king of Jackson Academy’s 2020 Winterfest court. Reese is the daughter of Stacy and Mike Anderson of Ridgeland. Ja’Ree is the son of Toya Harris and Willis Myers III of Jackson.
Seniors Learn to Cook from Alex Eaton:
Jackson Academy hosted it’s inaugural Adulting 101 event in the fall of 2019. Senior class members enjoyed learning to cook, basic car care skills, and several other important life skills. Chef Alex Eaton, a JA parent, shared his cooking expertise with the Class of 2020.
Seniors Learn Car Care from John Dinkins:
Jackson Academy hosted its inaugural Adulting 101 event in the fall of 2019. Senior class members enjoyed learning to cook, basic car care skills, and several other important life skills. John Dinkins, a JA parent, shared his car-care expertise with the Class of 2020.