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Celebrating the Class of 2024

June 5, 2024

Graduation collage representing all JPS high schools

Jackson Public Schools held graduation ceremonies May 30 & 31 to celebrate our 1,147 graduating seniors.
Experience the highlights, including photo galleries and livestream recordings at the links below.


Jackson Public Schools proudly celebrated the graduates of its seven high schools in separate ceremonies held inside the Mississippi Coliseum May 30-31, 2024. Each commencement featured addresses from the valedictorian, salutatorian as well as members of student government bodies. School principals also encouraged scholars before inviting them to cross the stage to receive their diplomas. At Wingfield High School, a somber tribute was held to retire the school's flag as the class of 2024 would be the last to graduate under the Wingfield Falcons banner. The last official day of classes at Wingfield High School was Wednesday, May 29, 2024. 

Wingfield Collage Retiring the Flag

A sobering moment at Wingfield's graduation ceremony as the school retires its banner. The school closed at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.


In all, 1,147 graduates received diplomas over the two days of ceremonies held at the Mississippi Coliseum, and they had much to celebrate. A total of 22 scholars graduated from the JPS-Tougaloo Early College High School and earned Associate of Arts degrees alongside their high school diplomas. Tougaloo College offered all 22 J-TECHS graduates scholarships covering full tuition. Most of these graduates have committed to furthering their education at universities within the state of Mississippi. 

Additionally, the class of 2024 had two Gates Scholarship recipients: Jerry Palmer of Forest Hill and Camilah Cousin of Murrah. Keisa Currie-Ball of Forest Hill is a 2024 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship recipient. Each of these students will receive up to $40,000 in paid tuition to attend the college of their choice and a paid internship offer at Amazon after their freshman year of college. 

Below, we've captured some of the most noteworthy achievements of Jackson Public Schools' Class of 2024. 

Achievement Highlights

  • $43,659,224 in scholarship offers
  • 70 Distinguished Academic Endorsements (3.0 GPA, National ACT Benchmarks, 28 credits, advanced coursework, and CPC electives)
  • 208 Academic Endorsements (2.5 GPA, IHL ACT Benchmarks - 17 English, 19 math; 26 credits, advanced coursework, and CPC electives)
  • 21 Career and Technical Endorsements (2.5 GPA, 25 credits, Silver in WorkKeys, and industry certification/career pathway)
  • 5 Mississippi Seals of Biliteracy (Demonstrated proficiency in both English and another world language)

Valedictorians & Salutatorians 2024

Joey Anthony, Callaway Valedictorian

Janiya Sapp, Callaway Salutatorian

Kahilyn Boyd, Forest Hill Valedictorian

Jerry Palmer Jr., Provine Salutatorian

Joey Anthony, Valedictorian
Callaway High School

Janiya Sapp, Salutatorian
Callaway High School

Kahilyn Boyd, Valedictorian
Forest Hill High School

Jerry Palmer Jr., Salutatorian
Forest Hill High School

Anyah Ellis, Jim Hill Valedictorian

Charles Williams

Manaya Satcher, Lanier Valedictorian

Jelesa Ervin Lanier Salutatorian

Anyah Ellis, Valedictorian
Jim Hill High School

Carles Williams, Salutatorian
Jim Hill High School

Manaya Satcher, Valedictorian
Lanier High School

Jelesa Ervin, Salutatorian
Lanier High School

Karly Thomas Murrah Valedictorian

Shelby Hadley Murrah Salutatorian

Ta'Tianna Hubbard

Makayla Luckett Provine Salutatorian

Karly Thomas, Valedictorian
Murrah High School

Shelby Hadley, Salutatorian
Murrah High School

Ta'Tianna Hubbard, Valedictorian
Provine High School

Makayla Luckett, Salutatorian
Provine High School

Takarra Champ Wingfield Valedictorian

JohnAnna Esters Wingfield Salutatorian



Takarra Champ, Valedictorian
Wingfield High School

JohnAnna Esters, Salutatorian
Wingfield High School




Salute to Scholars

The Top 10 scholars from each school were recognized in the 44th Annual Salute to Scholars Program held Monday, May 20, where 11 high schoolers, including five seniors, were inducted into the ACT 30+ Club. This club recognizes students who have earned a 30 or higher on the ACT college admissions test. The new inductees brought the club's total membership to 22. Three students earned the Mississippi Economic Council's Star Student Achievement Recognition, which emphasizes scholastic excellence and encourages greater effort among Mississippi students. These scholars must have an ACT score of at least 25 and an overall grade average of 93 or above in select subjects taken in 9th through 12th grades.

Callaway Top 10 Scholars

Forest Hill Top 10 Scholars

Jim Hill Top 10 Scholars

Lanier Top 10 Scholars

Murrah Top 10 Scholars

Callaway Top 10 Scholars

Wingfield Top 10 Scholars

ACT 30+ Club




More Coverage



2024 Callaway Graduation

2024 Callaway Graduation (YouTube)

 2024 Forest Hill Graduation

2024 Forest Hill Graduation (YouTube)

 2024 Jim Hill Graduation

2024 Jim Hill Graduation (YouTube)

 2024 Lanier Graduation

2024 Lanier Graduation (YouTube)

 2024 Murrah Graduation

2024 Murrah Graduation (YouTube)

 2024 Provine Graduation

2024 Provine Graduation (YouTube)

2024 Wingfield Graduation

2024 Wingfield Graduation (YouTube)