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WJ Quiz Bowl Team Competes in LAMP High School's Tournament in Montgomery, AL

students standing on steps

The West Jones Quiz Bowl Team recently competed in LAMP High School's tournament in Montgomery, Alabama.  In its never-ending quest for knowledge, the team visited several sites to learn about Alabama history, including the state capitol, shown above (from left: J. Cooper, E. Martinez, L. Parker, and J. Cooley), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s house, the State Archives & History Museum, and the personal residence of Jefferson Davis during the Civil War.

WJHS Beta Member Receives National Beta

Leadership Ambassador Award

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National Beta has chosen WJHS student, Josh Cooper, as a 2017-2018 Leadership Representative. This award is given annually to deserving National Beta members who best demonstrate quality leadership through effective team work, inspiration to fellow peers, a courageous attitude, and an honest character. Cooper was one of three senior Beta members from the state that received this honor.

Merry Christmas!!!

from Mrs. Cynthia Hill's Life Skills Class

Christmas Card of Students

FCA Christmas Party--WJHS

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Here are a few pictures from the FCA Christmas Party!

WJHS Gieger Signs with JCJC

Student signs with JCJC

West Jones High School senior Anna Grace Gieger recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer for the JCJC Lady Bobcats.
Pictured are:
Front--Steve Gieger, dad; Anna Grace; Julie Gieger, mom Back--WJ Coach Joshua Sullivan; WJHS Supervising Principal, Cooper Pope; and WJ Coach Craig Winship

WJHS James Signs with JCJC

student signs with JCJC

West Jones High School senior Allie James recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer for the JCJC Lady Bobcats.
Pictured are:
Front--Bobby James, dad; Allie; Felicia James, mom Back--WJHS Supervising Principal Cooper Pope; Bailey James, sister; WJ Coach Joshua Sullivan; WJ Athletic Director Scott Pierson; WJ Coach Craig Winship; and Rob James, brother.

West Jones High School Science Club hosts Herpetologist Terry Vandeventer

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The West Jones High School Science Club hosted herpetologist Terry Vandeventer at its November meeting.  Mr. Vandeventer entertained the members with riveting stories about snakes as well as lessons in anatomy and conservation. Students were thrilled to see many live Mississippi native snake specimens, including a coachwhip, a speckled king snake, and a gorgeous copperhead.

WJHS Senior Cheerleader Received Wendy's High School Heisman Award


There are some students who set the bar, they work harder, show more passion, and lead by example—in the classroom, in sports, and within the community. Today, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes Mary Kate Broom from West Jones HIGH SCHOOL and her dedication to never cutting corners by naming her School Winners.
"We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing her hard work,” said Coach Debbie Bender.
Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.
School Winners will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch.
For more information or to track a student’s progress through the competition, please visit www.WendysHeisman.com.

WJHS Peer Council Teaches Scrubby Bears

Scrubby Bears 2017

West Jones High School Peer Council recently taught Scrubby Bears to the kindergarten and first grade students at West Jones Elementary and North Jones Elementary. Games, songs, and activities were used to promote good health and hygiene! Scrubby Bear encourages everyone to "Don't get sick! Wash up quick!!"  Peer Council is taught by Denise Graves with assistance from Angie Bynum, Jones County School District Nurse.

Pictured are: Front--Victoria Nguyen, Madalyn Stringer, Allie Rainer, Kolbi Holifield, Tanner Anderson, Hunter Green.
Back: Conner Coleman, Shelby Bean, Maria Terry, Chelsey Dry, Melanie McLaurin, Isabella Brashier, Marley Mixon, Rhiannon Williams, Haylee Walters, Abby Segrest, Lindsay Parker

WJHS Jr Beta Supports Glory House

students holding food

The West Jones Middle School Jr. Beta Club recently donated school supplies as well as needed snacks and drink pouches for the Glory House located in Laurel.  Pictured are members Kanyen Hutchinson, Justin Ni, Patrick Jordan, Jason Olson, Marianna Orr, and Natalie Welch with some of the items. ESL classes, community meals, community service projects, classes for better living and opportunities for being a blessing to others are the priority at the Glory House. Those interested in donating or volunteering may contact the Glory House at 601-262-5555 or thegloryhouselaurel@gmail.com.

WJHS Art Winners

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West Jones High School National Art Honor Society students recently competed in the 2017 South MS Fair’s art competitions. These students worked really hard and entered right at 370 pieces of artwork into the various divisions.  They won 171 blue ribbons and 93 red ribbons for having good craftsmanship and design. They also had 13 entries that placed in the Visual Arts Competition.  Pictured left to right front: Abby Williams, 1st place; Kylie Williamson, 1st place; Sam Waldrop, 1st place; Makayla Pollard, 2nd place.  Back row: Emily Graves, 6th place; Aastha Banga, 3rd place; Mackenzie Masters, 2nd place; J.P. Person, Best-in-Show and 1st place; Juliana Gomez, 3rd place; Haley Andrews, 2nd place.  Not pictured: Bailey Smith, two 3rd places; Sarah Ables, 3rd place.

WJHS FCA Lead Team Helps at Blair E. Batson Fall Festival

students in costumes

Members of West Jones High School's Fellowship of Christian Athletes lead team were invited to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital to help with the annual Fall Festival! Dressed in costumes, the FCA members helped the children create Pumpkin Pals, played games, and spent time visiting with them in the court yard! Pictured are:  front--Caden Shows, Madison Stinson, Sarah Hancock, Ashley Sumrall, and Alexis Parker. Back: Cassie Winship, Kagen Welch, Blake Todd, Matt Boykin, and Bailey Smith. FCA sponsors for this trip were Suzanne Manning, Coach Craig Winship, and Denise Graves.

WJHS Art Students

Students holding Art

West Jones High School art students were recently selected to display their artwork in USM’s George Hurst Gallery of Art and Design for the annual Make Your Mark Art Competition.  These pieces were exhibited in a show throughout the duration of summer.  Pictured left to right: Cindy Ngo, Bailey Smith, Sara Ellzie, Cassidey Loper, Brandon Stringer, Cassie Winship, Karson Wardell, and J.P. Person.
Saturday, August 19th, at the closing ceremony, J.P. Person (pictured far right) won 2nd place and a cash prize for his piece, “Urban Distress.”

WJHS Senior is Jeopardy Fan!

Student holding Letter and picture

Treveonta (Trey) Payton is a Senior at West Jones High School. Trey is an accomplished artist and enjoys doing character pictures of famous people. Trey loves to share his gift of art and graciously gifts his art to all of his teachers and classmates. One day, Mr. George Blackledge, retired teacher and full time sub for West Jones High School, had an amazing idea! Trey had gifted Mr. Blackledge with a picture of Jeopardy game show host, Alex Trebeck. Mr. Blackledge, in turn, sent the photo and a letter about Trey to Mr. Trebeck. Mr. Trebeck graciously returned an autographed photo of himself to Trey! Trey is so excited to hear from one of his favorite celebrities!!!!

WJHS Quiz Bowl at NAQT National Tournament

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Members of the West Jones High School Quiz Bowl Team competed against the nation's top 15% at the NAQT National Tournament in Atlanta during the summer. The team enjoyed riveting competition as well as educational excursions to the Georgia Aquarium, Bodies: The Exhibit, and the Breman Jewish Heritage Center and Art Gallery, where they received a tour by the museum curator. Pictured, from left: Isaiah Harper, Matt Hendry, Adam Dickey, and team captain Nick Sumrall.

Lady Mustangs along with Coach Sharon Murray hosted basketball camp on June 22-23 at West Jones High School

Students attending basketball camp

Lady Mustangs along with Coach Sharon Murray hosted basketball camp on June 22-23 at West Jones High School. 1st row starting from bottom- left to right : Kennedy Carr, Alyssa Dingman, Jakera Ducksworth, Natessia Windham, Katelyn Gordon ,Da'Kathyion Sinegal. 2nd row : Ja'mariyah Hilton,Kendra Carr, Aasia Wilson, Jayden Carr, Cshanti Pierce, Lindsey Cole, Chrissy Blackwell, and Halei Keyes. Lady Mustangs : Miesha Bender T'Kiaya Pough, Darianna Hawkins, Briana Carr, Felecia Ellis, Sylenna Taylor, Nevagant Jones, Ariel Loper, Brikayla Gray, Brishell Gray, and Jurnee McLaurin

West Jones High School Sr. BETA members recently competed at the National Convention

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West Jones High School Sr. BETA members recently competed at the National Convention which was held in Orlando, Florida on June 29-July 2. Competing in Advertising Design were Kate Broom, Nakiyah Jordan, and Anna Grace Geiger--placed Top 5. Competing in Quiz Bowl were Joshua Cooper, Logan Pitts, Nick Sumrall, and Jess Cooley--placed 7th.

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