The Jones County School District is being recognized as an “A-Rated, Top Performing” school district! The district received this rating based on the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System for the school year 2022-2023. This rating system assigns a letter grade of “A” through “F” based on student achievement, student growth, student participation in testing, and other academic measures. Congratulations to the students, teachers, parents, administration, community members, and all stakeholders on the achievement of this highest academic rating!
Tucker Ryan Milner, son of Ryan and Heather Milner of Laurel, has been named STAR Student for the 2023-2024 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. The program will be held April 4, 2024, at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl, MS. The theme for the event is “Pathways to Success.” This year will mark the 59th Anniversary of the STAR program. Established by the Mississippi Economic Council in 1965, the purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students and teachers in Mississippi through its Education Celebration.
Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Student, explained Vickie Powell of Jackson, Senior Vice President of Foundations. “The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors,” she said. Each STAR student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.
Tucker selected Mrs. Regina Milner as his STAR Teacher.
WJHS is soaring to new heights! Three of our talented band members - Carson Wade (trombone), Samuel Fletcher (trombone), and Cameron White (percussion) - have achieved the incredible feat of being selected for the 2024 Mississippi Lion's All-State Band. This prestigious honor recognizes their exceptional musical skills and grants them an unforgettable opportunity: to perform with the Lion's Band in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, next summer!
Northeast Jones Senior Tucker Milner has advanced to Finalist standing in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by demonstrating, through distinguished performance, high potential for future academic accomplishment.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition among high school students for recognition and college scholarships that begin in 1955. United States high school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screen of over 1.3 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Students who receive Finalist status compete for approximately 7,800 scholarships each year.
Tucker is the son of Ryan and Heather Milner of Laurel.