May 2018

Prom Promise 2018



Figueroa Awarded Entergy Bright Futures Student Athlete Award
Figueroa, more information to follow

Congratulations to Northeast Jones 2018 Graduate, Araceli Figueroa, for being awarded an Entergy Mississippi Bright Future Award for excellence in athletics, academics, and community service. Figueroa received her award on May 22, 2018 at the Clarion Ledger Sports Awards in Jackson, MS. The Clarion Ledger Sports Awards recognizes and honors the top athletic accomplishments in Mississippi High School Sports. Pictured with Araceli are the guest speakers for the awards program: Nomar Garciaparra, former MLB shortsop; Araceli, 2018 Entergy Mississippi Bright Future Award winner; and Mia Hamm, former U.S. Women's National Team soccer player.

Hankins signs with Touch of Gold, more information to follow
NEJ Varsity Cheer Captain, Lauren Hankins accepted a scholarship to Jones County Junior College to become a member of the Touch of Gold dance team. Lauren is the daughter of Nub and Angela Culpepper of the Mill Creek community and Drew and Amy Hankins of Batesville. Pictured at her signing: (front row, left to right) Angela Culpepper; Lauren Hankins; Nub Culpepper; Andrew Hankins, brother; (back row, left to right) Lisa Bolivar, NEJ Cheer Coach; Keith Braddock, Athletic Director; Dr. Jennifer Lowery, NEJ Supervising Principal; and P.T. Jones, NEJ 11th &12th Grade Principal. Congratulations, Lauren!!!!

Harrison signs with JCJC, more information to follow
NEJ standout soccer player, Malachi Harrison, signed to play soccer for the JCJC Bobcats. Malachi is the son of Timothy and Valerie Harrison of the Powers community. Pictured: (front row, left to right) Timothy Harrison; Malachi Harrison; Valerie Harrison; (back row, left to right) Izzy Harrison; Casey Stroo, NEJ Boys Assistant Soccer Coach; Keith Braddock, NEJ Athletic Director; Dr. Jennifer Lowery, NEJ Supervising Principal; Matt Reid, NEJ Boys Head Soccer Coach; and Katelynn Perry. Congratulations, Malachi!!!!

Ward and Mozingo, more information to follow
Northeast Jones standout baseball players Cole Mozingo and Keagan Ward recently signed to play college baseball with East Central Community College next year. Cole is the son of Sammy and Jennifer Mozingo and Keagan is the son of John and Brooke Ward. Pictured (front row left to right): Sammy Mozingo, Cole Mozingo, Keagan Ward, and John Ward. (standing left to right): Courtney Lee, Jennifer Mozingo, Caleb Lee, Keith Braddock (NEJ Athletic Director), P.T. Jones (11th & 12th Grade Principal), Brooke Ward, Cole Ward, and Jeremy Parker (NEJ Head Baseball Coach). Congratulations!!

Basketball Camp at NEJ, for more information call the school at 601-425-2347

2017-2018 Mr. and Miss Northeast Jones High School
Kepley Malachi Harrison and Araceli Marie Figueroa

Mr and Miss Northeast Jones, more information to follow

Northeast Jones Mr. and Miss NEJ for 2017-2018 are
Kepley Malachi Harrison and Araceli Marie Figueroa


Araceli is the daughter of Pedro and Mary Figueroa of the Powers community. She attends Freedom Baptist Chruch. Araceli is a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, FBLA, TARs, Key Club and FCA. She is also a member of the Lady Tigers Soccer and Tennis Teams. NEJ's 2017 Homecoming Queen, Araceli was voted Most Likely to Succeed in the 2018 NEJ Who's Who, is president of the senior class and a senior class favorite. She also serves as president of the Student council and Vice-President of the Beta Club. Named to the 2018 NEJ Hall of Fame, Araceli is a HOBY Leadership recipient and was named Miss congeniality in the 2017 NEJ Beauty & Beau Pageant. She plans to attend Jones County Junior College where she will play soccer for the Bobcats. Araceli plans to continue her education at a major university and will study to become a neurosurgeon.

Malachi is the son of Timothy and Valerie Harrison of the Powers community. He attends Journey Church. Malachi is a member of the Tiger football, soccer, track, and tennis teams. He has been voted a class favoriate each year, was elected Mr. NEJ Junior High, and was voted Most Athletic in the 2018 NEJ Who's Who. Malachi was named 1st Team All State Kicker for football, 1st Team All District for all 6 years of soccer, and Overall MVP 1st Team in soccer. He plans to attend Jones County Junior College where he will play soccer for the Bobcats.


2017-2018 Mr. and Miss Northeast Jones
Junior High School

Dawson Scott Holder and Olivia Grace Norwood

Mr. and Miss Northeast Jones Junior High, more information to follow

Northeast Jones Mr. and Miss NEJ Junior High for 2017-2018 are
Olivia Grace Norwood and Dawson Scott Holder

Olivia is the daughter of Stan and Heather Norwood of the Glade community. She attends Glade Baptist Church. An honor roll student, Olivia is a member of Serteens, Student Council and the Tiger Yearbook Staff. She was elected Freshman Maid in NEJ's 2017 Homecoming and is a member of the Tiger Tennis team.

Dawson is the son of Jason and Shai Holder of Sandersville. He attends Glade Baptist Church. Dawson is a member of Student Council, the NEJ Football, Baseball, and Soccer teams, and was elected President of the Freshman class. He plans to attend Jones County Junior College after high school.


Congratulations to the 2018 Northeast Jones Hall of Fame
Marley Cruise Araceli Figueroa Esmeraldi Figueroa Lauren Hankins
Marley Cruise Araceli Figueroa Esmeralda Figueroa Lauren Hankins
Caleb Lee Alec McCormick Jacob Rogers Gwen Rowzee
Caleb Lee Alec McCormick Jacob Rogers Gwen Rowzee
Josh Rushton Daniel Shelton Erin Walters  
Josh Rushton Daniel Shelton Erin Walters  



U.S. History Breakfast

Students meet for breakfast, more information to follow

Twenty-two NEJ students met Mr. Benoit and Mr. Mills before school to eat a good breakfast before taking the U.S. History state test. Good luck on your test! We know you will do great!


Congratulations to Casey Stroo, Northeast Jones Middle/High School Teacher of the Year, for being named the Jones County School District Teacher of the Year. At NEJ, Mr. Stroo is a member of the Science Department as well as an assistant soccer coach.

2018 Mississippi Wendy's High School Heisman Finalist, Esmeralda Figueroa
Esmeralda Figueroa, more information to follow
Congratulations to Northeast Jones Senior Esmeralda Figueroa for being named a 2018 Mississippi Wendy's High School Heisman Finalist. Esmo was one of 20 high school students in the state of Mississippi recognized in an awards ceremony on April 19th at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Various pictures, more information to follow
Pictured: (top left) Esmeralda and NEJ Supervising Principal Dr. Jennifer Lowery; (top center) Wendy's billboard congratulating NEJ's Esmeralda Figueroa for being named a finalist; (top right) Esmeralda with her parents, Pedro and Mary Figueroa; (middle left) Esmeralda's High School Heisman announcment at the awards ceremony; (middle right) Esmeralda on stage at the awards ceremony; (bottom left) left to right: James Pugh - Journalist/Sports Photographer, Casey Stroo - NEJ Assistant Soccer Coach, Esmeralda, Brooke Zugg - NEJ Assistant Soccer Coach, Matt Reid - NEJ Head Soccer Coach; (bottom center) Esmeralda Figueroa's Wendy's High School Heisman MS Finalist trophy; and (bottom right) Esmeralda and NEJ Head Coach Matt Reid.


Burchfield Selected for Lott Leadership Institute

Burchfield, more information to follow Olivia Burchfield, daughter of Scott and Jennifer Sumrall of the Powers community, was recently selected to participate in the Trent Lott Leadership Institute for rising 9th grade students during the summer of 2018.  In the 8th grade at Northeast Jones, Olivia is president of the Middle School Student Council, vice-president of Middle School FBLA, and is a member of the 8th grade Lady Tigers basketball team and the Lady Tigers volleyball team.  She also volunteers as a stat keeper for the varsity baseball team and as an assistant coach for the Powers Peewee basketball team.  Olivia has also received recognition with Duke Tip for making a composite score of 21 on the ACT as a 7th grader.  After high school, she plans to attend medical school to become a doctor of Radiology. 

The Trent Lott Leadership Institute selects 50 rising 9th grade students from one hundred applicants per year.  The selected students will spend two weeks at the University of Mississippi and will receive college credit in a public policy class.  The program is designed to cultivate students to become better leaders in their community.  Students are selected based on their academic grade point average, standardized test scores, and community involvement. 

Congratualtions to the 2018-2019 Gold Horizons


NEJ Visors

Visors for sale, more information to follow
The NEJ Swim Team is selling visors for $20! See a swim team member or come by Mr. Smith’s room in the middle school (room 223).

Class of 2019 Officer Elections

Rising Senior Class Officer Applications (for the election of 2018-2019 Senior Class Officers) are now available in the high school media center. Completed applications, with a copy of applicant's last report card, are to be returned to Ms. Jordan in the media center before the end of 5th period, Thursday April 26, 2018!    Election will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018!

Old NEJ Yearbooks
for Sale

All old yearbooks are $25.00 each! We do not have any from the 60s or 70s or 80s... We have very few from the 90s..... We have none from 2002 or 2015. If you wish to get one, let Mrs. Rice or the Yearbook staff know the year. This is the perfect time to be certain you have every book from your 6 years at NEJ or your child's 6 years!


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