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Celebrating the Class of 2019

May 31, 2019

On May 28 and 29, Jackson Public Schools held commencement ceremonies for the graduating seniors from all seven of the District's high schools. Parents, siblings, and other family members joined either in person or via livestream to witness the occasion. Valedictorians and salutatorians delivered thoughtful remarks to challenge their classmates as they embark on the next leg of their journey. Dressed in ceremonial regalia, the District's high school principals presented the graduates from their schools as School Board members conferred diplomas. Graduates crossed the stage to the cheers of the attending audience as they received their diplomas and plenty of well-wishes from District officials including JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene.

Below are the heads of the class—the valedictorians & salutatorians of the class of 2019.

Valedictorians & Salutatorians

Mikenzi Laaster Alyssa Riddley Andrea Milton Rodreekas Bush
CALLAWAY – Mikenzi Laster, Valedictorian CALLAWAY – Alyssa Riddley, Salutatorian FOREST HILL – Andrea Milton, Valedictorian FOREST HILL – Rodreekas Bush, Salutatorian
Manuel Campbell Jocelyn Greene Sabastian Robinson Makyla Simmons
JIM HILL – Manuel Campbell, Valedictorian JIM HILL – Jocelyn Greene, Salutatorian LANIER – Sabastian Robinson, Valedictorian LANIER – Makyla Simmons, Salutatorian
Kelcie Bolden Kaitlyn Fowler Shanean Dille Andre Cox
MURRAH – Kelcie Bolden, Valedictorian MURRAH – Kaitlyn Fowler, Salutatorian PROVINE – Shanean Dille, Valedictorian PROVINE – Andre Cox
Bridgett Moore Shamia Thompson    
WINGFIELD – Bridgett Moore WINGFIELD – Shamia Thompson    

Scholarship & Graduate Totals

We can say our scholars have crossed this important milestone with great success. This year's 1,460 graduates accrued a whopping $33.7 million in scholarships. By far, the most significant scholarship total in recent years.

School Scholarships Graduates
Callaway $2,728,116 180
Forest Hill $1,866,720 246
Jim Hill $18,793,815 246
Lanier $637,000 120
Murrah $7,248,000 284
Provine $774,404 238
Wingfield $1,697,860 146
TOTAL $33,745,915 1,460

Our seniors have been recognized for their achievements in academics, the arts, leadership, athletics, and many other endeavors. Several of them have been recognized nationally. Ruben Banks of Jim Hill was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar. Brittany Bradley of Forest Hill was a recipient of the National Art Education Association's 2019 Rising Stars Secondary Recognition Award. Murrah senior Kaitlyn Fowler won three Gold Key awards for journalism as part of the nationwide 2019 Scholastic Art Writing Awards.

We are proud of all of these scholars and we wish them well. We expect all of them to pursue their dreams, fulfill their possibilities and return as alumni to share the lessons they learn with future JPS scholars.

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