West Jones High School Administration is proud to announce this year’s STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student, Erik Michael Caves. 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. Mississippi Economic Council sponsors the STAR program.
Erik is the son of Glen and Lisa Caves. His honors/activities include: BEST Club Scholar, Math & Science Competition Team, MHSAA Swim Scholar Athlete, Citizenship Award 9th-10th Grades, Howard Good Citizen Award, JCJC Bobcat Math League, Quiz Bowl Captain, Show Choir, Swim Team, TGIF-Teens Getting Involved for the Future, Future Leaders of Jones County, West Jones Drama Dept., MS Boys State-Mayor City of Hood, Beta Club, All-State Show Choir, Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, Serteens, and Student Council.
He plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi where he has been named a Presidential Scholar.
Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Patrick Shane Cockrell was chosen by Erik. Cockrell is the 9-12 Choral Music Director at West Jones High School. He is a graduate of Jones County Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a Master of Music Education.
Erik Caves and Mr. Cockrell will be honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 10 at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. Over 500 STAR Students and STAR Teachers will receive recognition from MEC’s Swayze Foundation at the Education Celebration. The top 20 STAR Students –the ALL-STAR Scholars- and their STAR Teachers will be presented scholarship awards provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation. The highlight of the Education Celebration will be the naming of the Mississippi ALL-STAR Student for the 2013-2014 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation scholarship.