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Homecoming Court presentation delayed to Oct. 23

Homecoming Court presentation delayed to Oct. 23

By John Henry Andress, Editor

October 7, 2020

The presentation of this year’s Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen has been delayed by two weeks. Due to Hurricane Delta, disruptive weather is expected to interfere with Friday night’s homecoming game and the pep rally on the football field during the school day. Ms. Suz...

Students around Jackson go MAD for Peanut Butter and Jelly 

KD Smith holds up some of the peanut butter donated for the MAD Project

By Jake Mathews

October 1, 2020

Over the past few weeks, sophomore Anna Blaire Bryant has been collecting peanut butter on the Jackson Prep campus for the Mississippi Food Network in a friendly competition against Jackson Academy called “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” for her Make A Difference (MAD) project.  Led by their student body president, Bryant Seago, students at JA have ...

Mississippi to vote on new state flag

Mississippi to vote on new state flag

By Maggie Boswell and Walker Poole

September 28, 2020

On June 30, 2020, the state of Mississippi retired its flag after 126 years. The flag contained a Confederate emblem that has drawn controversy for years. Although Mississippi currently does not have a state flag, a new design featuring a magnolia flower will be up for a vote this November 3 on Electio...

MAD Project leads to installation of new on-campus WiFi

The students did multiple tasks in the library to replace the access points.

By John Henry Andress

September 24, 2020

Over a three weekend period, a large group of students led by Walker Headley, a junior, and Ms. Laura Bishop, Head of IT, has been installing new WiFi routers all over campus. This is a MAD project, or Make A Difference project, for Walker and these students, since they are helping Prep and other scho...

National Merit Semifinalists announced

National Merit Semifinalists announced

By Lilly Noble and Cass Rutledge

September 24, 2020

Prep released the list of National Merit Semifinalists, a prestigious group of seniors who did exceptionally well on the PSAT their junior year. This year’s award winners from Prep are John Henry Andress, Andrew Banks, Kimberly Blount, Liddy Hurst, Selby Ireland, Mason Nichols, Lauren Noe, Alex Roberson,...

Stressful but successful start to the year

The Jackson Prep varsity football team runs out of the tunnel for the season opener against Heritage.

By John Henry Andress

September 24, 2020

As the summer progressed, Prep made several changes to the daily routine of students and faculty so that they could go to school while on campus, hopefully for the entire school year. The school does not want to have to repeat the remote learning process that occurred in the fourth term of last school...

Reading takes center stage for “One School, Many Books”

Coach Mariclaire Nix meets with her One School, Many Books group.

By John Henry Andress

September 2, 2020

One School Many Books, a community reading program at Prep led by Mr. Richard Younce, was held on Tuesday, September 1. This is an event in which students read a book that was also read by a faculty member, who then leads a discussion. The day is an opportunity for students to read a book tha...

Zoom issues hit U.S., Prep, on Monday morning

Zoom issues seemed mainly confined to the U.S. and parts of the U.K., according to this outage map from downdetector.com.

By Dax Murphy

August 24, 2020

On Monday morning, August 24, some Prep teachers with students attending remotely found themselves unable to easily access Zoom. While some may have initially believed that the problem was with the new campus WiFi, which was just making its debut, it was actually the result of a widespread outage, halting...

So close, yet so far: social distancing rules clarified

So close, yet so far: social distancing rules clarified

By Dax Murphy

August 21, 2020

Since school started on August 11, Prep students have been required to follow new Covid-related protection guidelines suggested by state, national, and international health agencies like the Mississippi Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. Among requirement...

Guidelines for football games, pep rallies announced

Cheer, cheer, cheer...but don't get too near.

By John Henry Andress

August 18, 2020

Like everything else in our current moment, football (and pep rallies) this fall will look a little different. Prep Athletic Director Will Crosby sent an email this week that included the details of Prep’s first home football game on Friday, August 21, against Heritage. It will be restricted due...

Reta Haire takes reins as principal of junior high

Reta Haire takes reins as principal of junior high

By Lilly Noble

August 13, 2020

This year Ms. Reta Haire has taken on the role of head of the junior high, marking a new phase in a Prep career that spans decades.   Ms. Haire has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Mississippi College and received an administration certification from Delta State University in 2013. Ms. Sus...

Prep puts forth “new normal” plans

Prep puts forth “new normal” plans

By Tanner Gough

August 6, 2020

With a temporary “new normal” on the horizon, Jackson Prep has announced its plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Unlike some schools in the metro area, Prep is starting on time, and in-person. However, there is a virtual option for those who do not feel comfortable attending classes on campus.  ...

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