Return to Headlines

JPS Students Win Association of South Jackson Neighborhoods Essay Contest

May 13, 2019

The Association of South Jackson Neighborhoods (ASJN) announced Pariss Tennon, an 11th grader from Wingfield High School, as the first place winner of its Student Essay Contest. Tennon received a certificate and a $250 cash prize. The remaining 2019 winners are as follows:

  • Karlon Rodgers, 2nd place, Forest Hill, 11th grade.
  • Zaria Dotson, 3rd place (tie), Forest Hill, 12th grade.
  • Shamia Thompson, 3rd place (tie), Wingfield, 12th grade.

Contest participants were required to write about their perspectives of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in the south Jackson communities that they live in. There were nine submissions from students at Forest Hill and Wingfield, JPS's two south Jackson high schools. Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place were awarded to the winners. Atmos Energy and The Association of South Jackson Neighborhoods sponsored the awards.

"We are so thankful for the creative, innovative and motivating essays submitted by the students and hope a seed is planted for them to continue to thrive within their neighborhoods as proud Jacksonian's," wrote Cynthia Thompson, ASJN Education Focus Group Chairperson.

Wingfield winners and ASJN members
Participating in the presentation to Wingfield essay winners are (from left) Patricia Woods, ASJN Education Committee Member; Cynthia Thompson, ASJN Education Committee Chair; Paris Tennon, 1st place winner; Roderick Smith, Wingfield Principal; Shamia Thompson, 3rd place winner; Stephanie Foster, ASJN Board Chair & Education Committee Member; and Lee Bernard, ASJN Board Member & Education Committee Member.

 

Forest Hill essay winners and ASJN members
Presenting awards to Forest Hill essay contest winners are (from left) Patricia Woods, ASJN Education Committee Member; Cynthia Thompson, ASJN Education Committee Chair; Frank Terry, Assistant Principal; Zaria Dotson, 3rd place winner; Karlon Rodgers, 2nd place winner; Victoria Ramsay, Wingfield AP Literature and AP Language teacher; Stephanie Foster, ASJN Board Chair & Education Committee Member; and Lee Bernard, ASJN Board Member & Education Committee Member.