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West Jones High School
          254 Springhill Rd.
          Laurel, MS  39443
           Phone (601) 729-8144       Fax (601) 729-8148


WJHS Harris Signs with JCJC

West Jones High School senior Hudson Harris recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Jones County Junior College.

Seated:  Stephanie Harris (mom); Harris; Chad Harris (dad)
Standing: WJHS Supervising Principal Lynn Lyon; Coach David Gavin; Colson Harris (brother); WJHS Head Baseball Coach Joey Ward; Coach Chanse Yelverton; and Coach Corey Tolbert

WJHS Clemons Signs with East Central

West Jones High School senior Tyone Clemons recently signed a letter of intent to play football at East Central Community College.

Pictured are:
Seated:  Dalton McLean (friend); Clemons; Cristy McLean (friend)
Standing: WJHS Head Coach Scott Pierson; Coach Chris White; KeShandra Moore (friend); Coach Benji Merchant; Retired WJHS Coach Wayne Graves

WJHS Young Signs with JCJC

West Jones High School senior Brandon Young recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Jones County Junior College.

Pictured are:
Seated--Melissa Young (mom); Young; Kenny Young (dad)
Standing--WJHS Head Coach Scott Pierson; Coach Chris White; Kendrick Young (brother); Shavon Young (sister); Byron Young (brother); Coach Benji Merchant; Retired WJHS Coach Wayne Graves

WJHS Keys Signs with JCJC

West Jones High School senior Larry Keys recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Jones County Junior College.

Pictured are:
Seated:  Paulet Keys (mom); Keys; Larry Keys, Sr. (dad)
Standing: WJHS Head Football Coach--Scott Pierson; Coach Chris White; Rhonda Bells (Grandmother); Kendra Keys (sister); Coach Benji Merchant; Retired WJHS Coach Wayne Graves

WJHS Barry Signs with East Central Community College

West Jones High School senior David Barry recently signed a letter of intent to play golf at East Central Community College. Barry will also receive a Presidential Scholarship. 

Pictured are:
Seated:  David Barry, Sr. (dad); David Barry, Jr.; Melanie Barry (mom)
Standing: West Jones High School Supervising Principal, Lynn Lyon; Dickey Mauldin (grandfather); West Jones High School Golf Coach, Tony Johnson

WJHS Peer Council's Minute-to-Win-It!!

West Jones Peer Council hosted Minute-to-Win-It!! Funds raised from this event will be used to purchase supplies needed to teach about the dangers of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol! 

WJHS Senior Will McCoy Signs With East Mississippi Community College

West Jones High School senior, Will McCoy, recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.

Pictured are:
Seated--Cyndi McCoy, mom; Will McCoy; Kyle McCoy, dad
Standing--WJHS Coach- Corey Tolbert, WJHS Supervising Principal -Lynn Lyon, Mikala Baughman-girlfriend, WJHS Coach-Chanse Yelverton, and WJHS Coach-Joey Ward

WJHS Teacher of the Year

West Jones High School Administration is proud to announce Karen Deniakos as 2015-16 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Deniakos has been teaching at West Jones for five years and currently teaches Chemistry and AP Chemistry. She is also sponsor of the 3rd Science Olympiad Team.

More FCA Christmas Child Snapshots

Snaps from FCA Christmas Child Party

Christmas Spirit is Shared by West Jones FCA Members

WJHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes joined in with other area FCA groups to help sponsor children at the Annual Jones County FCA Christmas Child Party which will be held on the JCJC campus! Twenty children from Jones County were adopted by teams and clubs at West Jones! Toys, games, bikes, scooters, skateboards, and basketball goals filled trucks for delivery! FCA members will meet their special guests at the party! Teams and clubs participating were: WJHS Yearbook, Girls and Boys Soccer, Football, Cheerleaders, Softball, Baseball, FBLA, Swim, Chess Club, Girls Basketball, Golf, Tennis, WJMS Show Choir-Center Stage, Peer Council, and a group of Non-Athletes!! FCA wishes everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Pictured are:
Some of the WJ FCA Lead Team members making deliveries: 
Austin Swindall, Jackson Wedgeworth, David Barry, Regan Hood, Jamey Coleman

WJ Tech Foundations Hour of Code

West Jones Technology Foundations students recently completed Hour of Code. This event is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Hour of Code introduces students to computer science skills such as coding and programming, while connecting critical thinking, problem solving, and logic by creating interactive video games. Technology Foundations is taught by Denise Graves and Rose West.  

Pictured are Emily Acevedo, Michael Deloach, and Tristan Gerlach

WJHS STEM-Sustainable Design Projects

Mrs. Lott's STEM classes completed a unit on Sustainable Design. The overall winner was Branson Agner (STEM sign). Placing in first were Blake Todd (wooden bench) and Kylie Williamson (egg carton mirror). Using barn wood to complete his cross Dalton Jefcoat won 2nd place. The 3rd place winners were Slade Hicks (Cat/dog made from oil cans) and Brody Hamm (motorcycle for nuts and bolts). The students enjoyed learning that everything that we throw away is not necessarily trash and can be repurposed.

WJMS Student Council Canned Food Drive

West Jones Junior High Student Council collected and donated food items to Pleasant Home Baptist Church for their food ministry program.  
Pictured are Student Council Members L to R Kace Matthews, Bryse Mauldin, Maryanna Jefcoat, Sarah Boone
And Karen Matthews- Member of  Pleasant Home Baptist Church

WJMS Student Council-Turkey Teacher and Operation Christmas Child

A special thank you from Junior High Student Council to Coach Brent Freeman and Mrs. Amanda White.  These were our "Turkey Teacher" Winners. Freeman raised the most money out of all the high school classes participating, and White raised the most in the middle school. Junior High Student Council would like to express appreciation to all teachers and students that participated in this year's Turkey Teacher Fundraiser. Because of such a supportive student body, we were able to raise enough money to send twice as many Operation Christmas Child gift boxes to children around the world, than we have in previous years. Every year, Junior High Student Council also adopts some of our OWN West Jones Students at Christmas, who are experiencing circumstances that would cause them to otherwise not receive gifts.  This Christmas, we will be able to adopt even more students to share the gift of giving with, because of such a successful fundraiser.  Again, a sincere thank you to all that helped with this project.

WJHS Sr Beta Service Project

(L-R): David Berry, Hudson Harris, and Micah Martin

The WJH Senior Beta Club recently collected cat food, cat litter, and dog food for SCAR located in east Jones County. The donations from our members filled the back of this truck.

FCA November 19, 2015

Senior, Jamey Coleman, speaking at the November 19th FCA meeting! 

Peer Council--Turkey Time

WJHS Peer Council, along with Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Graves' Life Skills classes, celebrated Thanksgiving early by creating Apple Turkeys and Turkey Puppets! 

WJHS Peer Council Great American Smoke-Out

West Jones High School Peer Council members held the Grim Reaper Walk in observance of the Great American Smoke-Out. Council members marched through the halls representing people who have died from tobacco related illness, while bringing awareness to the dangers of tobacco use. More than 480,000 people in the United States die each year from cigarette smoking, and 5,400 of those deaths happen in Mississippi. Every 6 seconds, about the time it takes to blink twice, someone in the world dies from tobacco related illnesses. Peyton Flynt and Austin Reed, members of the Mustang Pride drum line, played cadence during the walk. Also helping with the event were Denise Graves, WJHS Peer Council teacher, and Teresa Harrison, Safe and Drug Free Schools, Coordinator for Jones County School District.

Pictured are: Alex Roberts, Grim Reaper;  1st row: Madalyn Stringer, Brayden Barksdale, Haley Gable, Vivian Lam, Brittani Dozier
2nd: Taylor Jefcoat, Cody Pitts, Chelsey Dry, Kolbi Holifield, Ali Green, Nataleigh Duran
Back: Austin Pitts, Lexi Chandler, Lindsey Parker, Marley Mixon, Alyssa Garick, Preston Coleman, Conner Coleman
Drummers: Austin Reed and Peyton Flynt

Lady Mustangs Open With a Victory Over Red Rebels

The Lady Mustangs opened the 2015-16 season with a 4-1 victory over 6A Harrison Central in the Laurel Showcase Tournament.
   In the 6th minute, sophomore forward Allie James stole a Red Rebel goal kick. She played a quick pass to sophomore midfielder Anna Grace Gieger who shot on goal. James crashed the goal and scored the first of the night.
   After Harrison Central scored the equalizer, James struck again off a centering pass from 8th grade forward Katie Beth Sumrall.
   In the 45th minute, freshman forward Bri Carr faked out three defenders before tapping the ball past the Rebel keeper pushing the score to 3-1.
   Sumrall would score her first career goal in the 51st minute of play off a perfect through ball from senior fullback Kayla Jefcoat.
   Junior holding midfielder Faith Gavin and fullbacks Shelby McMinn and Maddie McLeod patrolled the middle and limited the visitors to a few shots from over twenty yards away.
   Sophomore keeper Cassie Winship made four saves for the victory in goal.

WJHS Wedgeworth Signs With Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

West Jones High School Senior Jackson Wedgeworth recently signed a letter of intent to play golf for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Pictured are Sitting L-r: Jackson Wedgeworth and Natalie Wedgeworth, mom.
Back Row: Lynn Lyon, WJHS Supervising Principal; Coach Tony Johnson, WJHS Golf; Reuben Wedgeworth, dad; and Emma Wedgeworth, sister.

WJHS Peer Council Celebrates Red Ribbon Week


The West Jones High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently hosted "The Flats and That" 5k run. FCA lead team members greeted runners at the starting line, encouraged them at the half mark, and cheered for them as they ran across the finish line. Runners from all over Jones County participated in the race. Proceeds will be used to purchase FCA Bibles for athletes. Thanks to the many sponsors, volunteers, and runners who helped make this event a success. 

Picture 1 includes:

Jacob Kilpatrick, Hunter Tew, Cassie Winship, Hudson Harris, Donivan Chastain, Reagan Hood, Collin Holifield, Jackson Wedgeworth, David Barry, Jaime Coleman, Conner Coleman, Meredith Follis, Natalie Welch

Picture 2 includes:

Hudson Harris, WJHS FCA Lead Team member and Justin Graves, FCA Director Jones, Wayne, and Covington County

Picture 3 includes:

West Jones 8th grader Tanner Bullock receives medal

Picture 4 includes:

Runners line-up at the start line.


WJHS Homecoming 2015

West Jones High School celebrated its 50th Homecoming on Friday, October 30, 2015.  This year's court included:  Front:  Football Maid Denise Algoo, Senior Maid Cheyenne Easterling, Student Body Maid Madelyn Cooley, Queen Chandler Moore, Student Body Maid Taylor Zachary, Senior Maid Katelyn Jefcoat, and Football Maid Megan Dearman.  Back:  Freshman Maid Emily McDonald, Sophomore Maid Carley Hill, Junior Maid Faith Gavin, Junior Maid Morgan Adams, Sophomore Maid Nataleigh Duran, and Freshman Maid Anna Bookout.  Not pictured:  Flower Girl Diamond Keyes and Crown Bearer Garrett Sullivan.  All former West Jones High School Homecoming Queens were honored at a reception in the Media Center.

Physics Pictures WJHS

Recently Mrs. Lowe's Physics class shot off rockets while studying velocity and acceleration (gravity).  The students determined the height of each flight using equations dealing with velocity and acceleration.  The highest flight was 26.35 meters.  Members of the class are: Kate Broom, Sarah Derballout, Justin Ford, Kade Green, Will Harrelson, Demarlon Hatten, Daniel Hopkins, Jacob Kilpatrick, Kristi Marshall, Chris Martin, Conner McLeod, Brandon Nolan, Kameron Orman, Rob Parker, Rhys Thompson, David Thornton, and Damien Young.

WJHS 7th grade Project--Be Kind

Inspired by the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio, the seventh grade class at WJH would like to challenge their peers: "When given the choice between being right and being kind, CHOOSE KIND!" Pictured L to R: Abbie Thrash, Ellie Howard, Devin Neal, Miller French, Ben Taylor, Jorge' Barajas. 

WJHS Art Winners

West Jones High School Art Students recently participated in the Loblolly Festival’s Masonite Art Competition Sponsored by the Laurel Arts League. Students painted on Masonite door skins depicting this year’s theme, “Loblolly Pine Tree – A Closer Look.” Junior, Katlin Clark (pictured right), won 2nd place and $100. Senior, Seth Drennan (pictured left), won 3rd place and $50.

WJHS Peer Council Scrubby Bears

West Jones Peer Council members recently taught Scrubby Bears to kindergarten and first grade students at West Jones Elementary and North Jones Elementary. The Scrubby Bear curriculum is used to teach students about germs and how to stay clean and healthy. Peer Council members used games, songs, and stories in each of the classrooms. Peer Council is taught by Denise Graves. 

Pictured are:
Front:  Ali Green, Kolbi Holifield, Chelsey Dry, Madalyn Stringer, Conner Coleman, Lexi Chandler, Vivian Lam
Back: Brayden Barksdale, Taylor Jefcoat, Cody Pitts, Austin Pitts, Preston Coleman, Alyssa Garick, Marley Mixon, Lindsay Parker, Nataleigh Duran, Haley Gable