On Sunday May 16, the Jackson Prep class of 2021 graduated at Trustmark Park. This marks Prep’s second year of using this venue as a COVID-19 safe gathering place, as opposed to the usual Thalia Mara Hall.
Graduation featured speeches from salutatorian Kimberly Blount and valedictorian Lauren Noe, who both congratulated their peers on excelling in and out of the classroom despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. Both speeches maintained a positive and uplifting tone, which was a breath of fresh air after the events of the year.
Following these speeches, Head of School Lawrence Coco congratulated the graduating class on their success despite the “unprecendented, unusual, and unique year,” highlighting their accomplishments in academics, sports, and the arts.
Then, he introduced the keynote speaker and distinguished alum Dr. Kristi Morrison Henderson (Class of 1989) a digital health leader and clinician. She addressed three main points: finding your passion in life, being intentional, and living life to the fullest.
This speech was followed by an address by Dr. John Davis, who also took part in awarding the diplomas, alongside Dr. Nealey and Mr. Coco. Graduation concluded with fireworks over Trustmark Park, ushering the Class of 2021 into a new stage of their lives.
After the ceremony, the new alums hopped on buses and headed off to grad night. They ate dinner at Koestler Prime, then went to Hal and Mal’s for a party. Then, the grads headed to Spinners for skating, bowling, and arcade games. Finally, they congregated at the Prep campus for Whataburger, cupcakes, and an end of the year slideshow on the football field.
The Class of 2021 has a bright future ahead, full of brilliance to take them many places near and far.