The Sentry

New Staff Profile: Ryan Upshaw

New Staff Profile: Ryan Upshaw

By Jake Mathews and Anna Blaire Bryant

September 14, 2020

Mr. Ryan Upshaw is the new Director of Diversity and Outreach at Jackson Prep. Mr.Upshaw was born in Moss Point, Mississippi, and received his education at the University of Mississippi. He has a Master's Degree in higher education, and he is currently working on a dissertation for his doctorate ...

New Teacher Profile: Abby Crumpler

Ms. Abby Crumpler explaining scientific notation in her chemistry class.

By Ryleigh Wells

September 14, 2020

Ms. Abby Crumpler is teaching Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and Algebra II this year at Prep. Ms. Crumpler grew up in Monroe, Louisiana with her two younger brothers. She went to The University of Mississippi where she met her husband, Reece. They got married this past May.  Ms. Crumpler tutored Chemis...

New Staff Profile: Bethany Lane

Mary Kathryn Mason chats with McRae center receptionist Ms. Bethany Lane

By Hannah Polk and Mary Kathryn Mason

September 11, 2020

Ms. Bethany Lane is one of the new staff members at Jackson Preparatory this year and serves as the welcoming receptionist in the McRae Center.  Looking for a new opportunity and wanting to be closer to her kids are a few reasons why she decided to come to Prep. She is married to David Lane a...

New Teacher Profile: Jay Powell

Coach Jay Powell coaching defense for the JV softball team.

By Colby Ray and Livvy Robertson

September 9, 2020

Coach Jay Powell began his acclaimed baseball career at five years old in the long gravel driveway of his home in Collinsville, Mississippi. He recounted hitting rocks with a little, yellow Wiffle bat, pretending he was on the Atlanta Braves. When he joined his county's baseball league the follow...

New Teacher Profile: Mary Mills Ritchie

Ms. Ritchie teaching algebra to her ninth-grade students.

By Margaret Dye and Percy Oliver

September 8, 2020

Ms. Mary Mills Ritchie grew up in Jackson. She went to First Presbyterian Day School, and she switched over to Prep for junior high and high school. At Prep, she played basketball, ran track and did long jump, and served on the student council.  She graduated from Prep in 1999, and now, for her fir...

New Teacher Profile: Keavy Noblin

Coach Keavy Noblin in her junior high Spanish classroom.

By Hart Maley and Sarah Headley

September 8, 2020

Coach Keavy Noblin grew up in Mississippi and went to Prep starting in the 7th grade. She has returned back to her old school, but this time as a teacher. Ms. Noblin coaches basketball, track, and teaches Spanish.  Coach Noblin graduated from Prep in 2013 and was a Delta Gamma at Ole Miss. She h...

New Staff Profile: Tara McDaniel

Ms. Tara McDaniel

By Anna Cate Hays and Olivia Patricia Smith

September 3, 2020

Born and raised in Mississippi, Tara McDaniel is one of the new smiling faces at Prep. Her office is in the Senior High Counseling Office which is where she assists the counselors. She loves to watch her children at their sports events in her free time. Chloe, a 7th grader, and Ford, a 10th grader, go ...

New Teacher Profile: Amanda McKeown

New Teacher Profile: Amanda McKeown

By Riley Spivey and Megan Tomlinson

August 31, 2020

Ms. Amanda McKeown is the new geometry teacher for the tenth grade at Jackson Preparatory School. She grew up in Clinton, where she attended Clinton High School and strived to achieve in all of her classes, but especially in math. After high school, she attended Mississippi College for a degree i...

New Teacher Profile: Chris Sweatt

Mr. Chris Sweatt, Prep's new choir director, at his piano.

By Anna Blaire Bryant and Jake Mathews

August 28, 2020

Mr. Chris Sweatt is the new show choir director at Jackson Prep. Mr. Sweatt was born and raised in Homewood, Alabama which is in the center of what some might call the “show choir belt.” He has a degree in music directing and also has experience as an assistant show choir director. Since juni...

Biomedical club stays active during the summer

Biomedical club stays active during the summer

By Eli Venarske

August 18, 2020

This summer, the presence of Covid-19 put a dent in the plans of virtually everyone . However, resilient and ambitious Jackson Prep students set out to keep the learning opportunities (and fun) created by summer activities alive. In our present condition, gathering in large groups is unwise. To circumvent s...

New faculty & staff for 2020-2021

New faculty & staff for 2020-2021

August 16, 2020

Click here for: GEORGIA BROWN profile (coming soon) DANIEL BURNETT profile (from 2019) ABBY CRUMPLER profile BETHANY LANE profile TARA McDANIEL profile AMANDA McKEOWN profile KEAVY NOBLIN profile JAY POWELL profile MARY MILLS RITCHIE profile CHRIS SWEATT profile RYAN UPSHAW profile ...

Prep students answer the call of the wild in Alaska

Raising the Prep flag high on Mt. Alyeska

By Lauren Anne Smith

June 28, 2020

COVID-19 canceled many events and plans this year, but the Global Leadership Institute Alaska trip was not one of them. GLI director Colonel William Merrell worked hard to keep the trip afloat and was determined that the students would still go to Alaska. On June 13, five chaperones and fifteen students...

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