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



WJHS AP Govt Attend Youth Leadership Summit

West Jones High School juniors and seniors were privileged to attend the Palazzo Youth Leadership Summit on October 27 at Gulf Coast Community College. Students heard speeches on how to improve their leadership skills and also attended a college fair afterwards. Speakers included Sgt. Major Ronald Green, a veteran Marine of the Iraq War, 2016 Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis, and Representative Steven Palazzo himself, who along with his staff, sponsors and organizes the conference annually.
Pictured back l-r: Jesus Trujillo, A. P. Government teacher Randy Cooley, Mackenzie Chamblee, Nicholas Sumrall, Isaiah Harper, Emily Graves, Claudia Chambliss, Madilyn Poolson.

Front l-r: Sara Brownlee, Will Bridges, Representative Steven Palazzo, and India Jones.

WJHS Quiz Bowl Team

The West Jones High School Quiz Bowl team competed in the Ole Miss Brain Brawl on November 12 and finished 4th of 42 teams.  Before leaving Oxford, the team toured Rowan Oak, the home of Mississippi author William Faulkner.  Quiz Bowl competitors, pictured from left to right, are Adam Dickey, Matt Hendry, Logan Parker, and Nick Sumrall.  The team's advisor is Karen Deniakos.

Pictured are: Sumrall, Parker, Hendry, and Dickey

WJHS Senior Breonca Ducksworth Signs with JCJC

West Jones High School Senior Breonca Ducksworth recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball with the JCJC Lady Bobcats.

Pictured are:
Seated: Early Gray, Great Grandfather; Elouise Gray, Great Grandmother; Breonca Ducksworth; Veronica Gray, Mother; Shuronda Emmons, God-Mother
Standing: Lynn Lyon, WJHS Supervising Principal; Jermarcus Ross, Family Friend; Larry Ducksworth, Brother; Veonca Ducksworth, Sister; and WJHS Basketball Coach Sharon Murray

WJHS Trey DeSantis Signs Letter of Intent

West Jones High School senior, Trey DeSantis, recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, MS.

Pictured are:
Standing-- Brad McCardle, Summer League Coach; WJ Coach Chance Yelverton; WJ Coach/Athletic Director Scott Pierson; WJ Head Baseball Coach Trey Sutton; WJ Coach Corey Tolbert; and Jeff Farris, Hitting Coach.
Seated--Mandy DeSantis, mom; Trey; Robert DeSantis, dad

Drugs Will Make You Batty!

WJHS Peer Council members had fun with the students in Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Graves' Life Skills classes making bats! This timely activity tied Halloween and Red Ribbon Week together! All students learned that Drugs Make You Batty!

FCA Trick or Trot 5K

WJHS FCA members hosted the Trick or Trot 5k/Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Mustang Stadium. Over 40 participants registered to run/walk to help raise funds to purchase Bibles for WJ athletes. Jones County FCA director, Justin Graves, gave a brief overview of the FCA mission and WJHS Lead Team member, Jacob Kilpatrick, offered the prayer before the race began. Overall winners were Kaleb Smith and Jason Lopez in the 5K and Millie Arender and Kit Arender in the Fun Run. Thanks to all for making this run a success!

Pictured are FCA Lead Team members Cassie Winship, Hunter Tew, Jacob Kilpatrick, Kagen Welch, Emily McLaurin, Meredith Follis, Nataleigh Welch, Faith Gavin, Holly Smith, Alexis Parker, Emma Wedgeworth, Maddi Waters, Zack Cochran

8th Science Students Learn about Newton's 3 Laws of Motion

West Jones Middle School science students recently learned about Newton's 3 Laws of Motion. Pictured are Coach Luckey's students participating in a hands-on lab activity.

WJHS 8th Grader attends National Beta Club Leadership Summit

Tolbert Attends Leadership Summit 

Cole Tolbert, an 8th grade student at West Jones Middle School, represented our state as the State Junior Beta Club Vice President at the National Beta Club Leadership Summit in Tupelo. The Summit was designed to inspire tomorrow’s leaders to achieve their personal best in life through service, character, and achievement. Over two hundred middle school students from around the state attended the summit. Cole is the son of Ronnie and Melissa Tolbert.

West Jones Peer Council encourages everyone to stay DRUG FREE!

Pictured are: Front--Macy Kate Malone, Summer Boyd, Emmy Fiala, Abby Parker, Nataleigh Duran, Emma Shows, Madeleine Boykin, Brittani Dozier, Kasia Hosey, Hunter Green, Belle Walters, Madalyn Stringer, Lindsay Parker
Back: Chelsey Dry, Haley Gable, Jenna Sumrall, Austin Pitts, Conner Coleman, Kolbi Holifield, Haylee Walters

Bobcat Math League Wins Against South Jones

West Jones wins their match against South Jones.

Pictured are:
Front Row: Mrs. Courtney Hagan (math coach), Logan Parker, Lindsey Hughes, Karson Wardell, Matt Boykin, Brandon Waldrup, Candace Nolan, Claudia Chambliss
Back Fow: Jess Cooley, River Howell, Jack Taylor, and Nick Sumrall

JCJC Bobcat Math League

West Jones won against Richton, 60-18, at the Bobcat Math League.  Pictured are:Jess Cooley, Jack Taylor, Logan Parker, Nick Sumrall, Claudia Chambliss, Karson Wardell, Matt Boykin, Brandon Waldrop, River Howell, (Not Pictured is Lindsey Hughes).

WJHS Peer Council Teaches Scrubby Bears

West Jones High School Peer Council recently visited West Jones Elementary and North Jones Elementary kindergarteners and first graders to teach Scrubby Bears. This program reinforces good health and hygiene practices by using songs, stories, and group activities. Helping the council were Denise Graves-teacher, Teresa Harrison-Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator for Jones County School District, and Angie Bynum-Jones County School District Nurse.

Pictured: 1st Row--Madalyn Stringer, Emmy Fiala, Madeleine Boykin, Lindsay Parker, Chelsey Dry, Kolbi Holifield, Haley Gable
2nd--Hunter Green, Brittani Dozier, Conner Coleman, Nataleigh Duran, Austin Pitts, Jenna Sumrall, Kasia Hosey, Abby Parker, Emma Shows, Macy Kate Malone, Summer Boyd, Belle Walters, Haylee Walters

WJHS Homecoming Court 2016-17

The West Jones High School administration is proud to announce the 2016-17 Homecoming Court. Presentation of queen and maids will be October 14 before the West Jones vs Provine game at Mustang Stadium. The homecoming parade begins at 6:15 with the presentation of the court immediately following. 

Pictured are:
Seated: Alexis Booth-Football Maid, Faith Gavin-12th Grade Maid, Landra Gavin-Student Body Maid, Morgan Adams-Queen, Sara Graves-Student Body Maid, Kelby Husser-12th Grade Maid, and Breonca Ducksworth-Football Maid.
Standing: Lindsey Sims-9th Grade Maid, Anna Bookout-10th Grade Maid, Keyasha McDonald-11 Grade Maid, Carley Hill-11th Grade Maid, Brinley Bullock-10th Grade Maid, and Natalie Allgood-9th Grade Maid.

WJHS AP Chemistry Aboard the R/V Franks

West Jones' AP Chemistry students recently spent a day aboard the R/V Franks collecting water quality data as part of a long-term study of the Pascagoula River.  The program is associated with the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs.

JCJC Bobcat Math League

WJHS Bobcat Math League won it's first match of the year against Wayne County. Names listed below:
In the first picture, 0425, the students are Nick Sumrall, Logan Parker, Jack Taylor, and Jess Cooley, and Dr. Jessica Bunch.
In the second picture, 0427, the students are Jess Cooley, Jack Taylor, Logan Parker, Nick Sumrall, Brandon Waldrop, Karson Wardell, Lindsey Hughes, Eva Kiparizoska, and Candace Nolan.

WJHS Theater Presents Disney's Little Mermaid

West Jones Middle/High School Theater Department will present Disney's The Little Mermaid on Thursday, September 29 at 7 PM in their Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $5 each and the doors open at 6:30.  Sixty middle and high school students will perform classic Disney hits "Under The Sea", "Part of Your World", and "Kiss The Girl".

K9 Buck Visits WJHS Peer Council

WJHS Peer Council recently had a visit from K9 Buck and Sgt. Michelle Howell with the Jones County Sheriff's Department. Sgt. Howell answered questions regarding Buck's duties as a narcotic K9, the ongoing training she and he have to do, and the many drug arrest that have been made due to Buck's help. Peer Council is gearing up for a new year in planning "Drug Free" activities for students at WJHS, North Jones Elementary, and West Jones Elementary. Peer Council is taught by Denise Graves.

Pictured are:
front: Kolbi Holifield, Chelsey Dry, Nataleigh Duran, Conner Coleman, Madeleine Boykin, Sgt. Howell and Buck, Kasia Hosey, Summer Boyd

Brittani Dozier, Haley Gable, Chelsea Beasley, Haylee Walters, Madalyn Stringer, Macy Kate Malone, Belle Walters, Emmy Fiala, Jenna Sumrall, Austin Pitts, Hunter Green, Emma Shows, Abby Parker, Lindsay Parker

WJHS Driver's Education Students Learns of the Dangers of Texting and Driving

Sgt. Scott Gable from the Jones County Sheriff's Department met with WJHS driver's education students to discuss the dangers of texting and driving. He gave several statistics to make his point: 1) According to the 2013 National Safety Council, 1.6 million car crashes were related to driving while texting, 2) 1 out of 4 car crashes in the U.S. are caused by drivers texting, and 3) 11 teens die everyday as a result of crashes due to texting and driving. WJHS students were able to ask questions related to texting and driving and were able to see damages to a car that was wrecked due to a driver's texting. WJHS driver's education teacher is Coach Junior Smith.

FCA Lead Team to JCJC

FCA Lead Team Members attend Reload Workshop at JCJC

Pictured:  Front: Faith Gavin, Alexis Parker, Natalie Welch, Meredith Follis, Emily McLaurin
Back: Hunter Tew, Gage Hutto, Scarlett Gully, Jacob Kilpatrick, Cassie Winship, Kagen Welch, Emma Wedgeworth, Madi Waters

WJHS Peer Council Learns about the Consequences of Using E-Cigs and Vapes

West Jones High School Peer Council recently received a visit from Sgt. Scott Gable of the Jones County Sheriff's Department. He shared important information about the dangers of e-cigs and vapes, along with other issues related to drug and alcohol use.  This informative session helped council members prepare to teach "Tar Wars" to 4th and 5th grade students.

Pictured are:
Front--Nataleigh Duran, Macy Kate Malone, Madeleine Boykin, Summer Boyd, Abby Parker, Kasia Hosey
2nd Row--Belle Walters, Kolbi Holifield, Chelsey Dry, Madalyn Stringer, Lindsay Parker, Conner Coleman, Chelsea Beasley, Emmy Fiala, Brittani Dozier, Haylee Walters, Emma Shows
3rd Row--Haley Gable, Sgt. Scott Gable, Jenna Sumrall, Hunter Green,  Austin Pitts

WJHS Peer Council with Lt. Little

Lt. Robert Little from the Jones County Sheriff's Department recently spoke to the West Jones High School Peer Council to help them better prepare to teach "Too Good for Drugs" to other students. Lt. Little answered questions regarding the numerous issues surrounding illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs. Council members are getting geared up for the new year in promoting Healthy Drug Free Lives. 

Pictured with Lt. Little are: Madeleine Boykin, Conner Coleman, Brittani Dozier, Chelsey Dry, Nataleigh Duran, Emmy Fiala, Haley Gable, Kasia Hosey, Macy Kate Malone, Abby Parker, Lindsay Parker, Austin Pitts, Emma Shows, Madalyn Stringer, Jenna Sumrall, Belle Walters, Chelsea Beasley, Summer Boyd, and Haylee Walters.

Not pictured: Kolbi Holifield and Hunter Green

West Jones Cheer

The West Jones Varsity Cheerleaders attended UCA Cheer Camp at the University of Mississippi. The team earned the following awards:
Camp Champions in the Xtreme Routine
Camp Champions in Cheer
Camp Champions in Game Day
2nd Place in Sidelines
All Superior Squad
Superior Ribbon in Home Pom
Spirit Stick
The following girls were named All American: Natalie Welch, Mackenzie Jordan, Brooke Stringer, Bethany Logan, Scarlett Gulley, and Taylor Dearmon. These girls received an invitation to attend the 2016 Varsity London, England Tour.
Mackenzie Jordan also won the Jump off.
Natalie Welch, Mackenzie Jordan, and Brooke Stringer were invited to try out for the UCA Staff.


Yearbooks must be picked up in front office as soon as possible!!!!!

WJHS Senior Jordan to Cheer at USM

West Jones High School senior Kathryn Jordan recently received a Scholarship to Cheer for the USM Golden Eagles. 
Pictured are: Todd Jordan, dad; Kathryn; Shannon Jordan, mom
Standing: Debbie Bender, WJHS Cheer Coach; Lynn Lyon, WJHS Supervising Principal; Lynsie Brown, WJHS Cheer Coach

WJHS Class of 2016 Top Ten

MaCalla Matthews-Valedictorian
Dalton Hall-Salutatorian
Erin Crater-Historian
#4 Alex Roberts
#5 Jared Yelverton
#6 Bryce Holland
#7 Hudson Harris
#8 Winston Wheat
#9 Josie Gamble
#10 Madelyn Cooley

WJHS Class of 2016 Hall of Fame

Jamey Coleman

Madelyn Cooley

Erin Crater

Josie Gamble

Dalton Hall

Hudson Harris

Bryce Holland

Kayla Jefcoat

Kathryn Jordan

Micah Martin

MaCalla Matthews

Marla Parker

Alex Roberts

Austin Swindall

Jackson Wedgeworth

Katherine Zachary

WJHS Class of 2016

WJHS Spanish Students Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

West Jones High School Spanish students recently traveled to Papito's Mexican restaurant in Madison, MS.  Select group members are students in Spanish I, Spanish II, and AP Spanish.  During this early Cinco de Mayo celebration, students enjoyed Mexican cuisine and practiced Spanish language skills.  Spanish teachers at West Jones High School are Polly Klutts and Lacy Buckhaults.

WJMS Beta Winners

West Jones Tolbert Elected State Junior Beta Club Vice President
Cole Tolbert is the newly elected State Junior Beta Club Vice President. Cole is a 7th grader and West Jones Middle School. Cole received in invitation to run for the office of Vice President at the National Junior Beta Club Convention, which will be held in New Orleans. He is the son of Ronnie and Melissa Tolbert.

Broom and Williams Wins at Junior Beta Club State Convention
Creed Broom an eighth grader at West Jones Middle School won 1st place in Art in the area of sketch. Creed and Mackenzie Williams won 3rd place in the Spot Light Your Club Competition. Creed has qualified to compete at the National Beta Club Convention in the area of Art and Broom and Williams' 3rd place finish qualified them to compete at the National Beta Club convention to be held in New Orleans. to be held in New Orleans. 

Thornton Wins First Place at Junior Beta Club State Convention
Andrew Thornton an eighth grader at West Jones Middle School won 1st place in the Social Studies competition. Andrew's first place finish qualified him to compete at the National Beta Club Convention to be held in New Orleans. Andrew is the son of Tonya and David Thornton. 

WJHS Shows to cheer at JCJC

West Jones High School senior Callie Shows recently signed a scholarship to cheer at JCJC.
Pictured with Callie are her parents, Jeanell and Bobby Shows.
Standing are Lynsie Brown and Debbie Bender, cheer sponsors, and Lynn Lyon, WJHS Supervising Principal

WJHS Bullock Signs with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

West Jones High School senior Jacob Bullock recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Seated: Lori Bullock, mom; Bullock; Jay Bullock, dad
Standing: Will McCoy, friend; Hudson Harris, friend; Josie Bullock, sister; and Kross Carmichael, friend

WJHS Student Wins "Artist of the Week"

12th grade art student, David Hollington, from West Jones High School won Artist of the Week from  Artsonia is an international online art gallery for school-aged students.  There are currently 4 million artists and 40 million artworks featured on the site.  David won “Artist of the Week” for the High School division.  He received a plaque, a $50 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and a $100 art supply gift certificate for his art class.

Peer Council visits IMMS

West Jones High School Peer Council recently visited the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies on the Gulf Coast. Council members learned about the negative impact that trash and debris has on marine wildlife and why conservation of beaches is so important. Members were able to tour the facility with Marine Biologists seeing first hand the techniques used to train dolphins, sea lions, and tropical birds. Students also toured the marine mammal veterinarian clinic where injured animals are rehabilitated/treated before being released back into the ocean.

WJHS Art Winners

West Jones High School Art I National Art Honor Society students competed in the Lauren Roger’s Museum of Art annual Art Fair, which is structured like a science fair.  Project boards consisted of research on art movements and design, essays, analytical drawings, and a corresponding art work. .  Rogelio Reynoso (pictured left) won 1st place and $150.  Lindsey Hughes (pictured right) won 3rd place and $50.

WJHS Chandler Moore Signs With Meridian Community College

West Jones High School Senior, Chandler Moore, recently signed a letter of intent to play softball at Meridian Community College. 

Seated--Mike Moore (dad), Chandler, Dena Moore (mom), and WJHS Softball Coach, Sam McDonald
Standing--WJHS Softball Team

WJHS FCA Lead Team Visits Blair Batson Children's Hospital

West Jones High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes lead team recently visited Blair Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson. Team members helped with arts/crafts projects, played games, and made friends with many of the patients! Members also delivered coloring books which were collected as February and March's service project. Justin Graves, FCA Director for Jones, Covington, and Wayne Counties, organized the event.

Pictured in group are:
Kneeling: Jamey Coleman and Austin Swindall
2nd: Faith Gavin, Natalie Welch, Emily McLaurin, Cassie Winship, Jacob Kilpatrick, Donivan Chastain.
Back: Denise Graves, Scarlett Gully, Meredith Follis, David Barry, Reagan Hood, Hunter Tew, Jackson Wedgeworth, Gage Hutto, and Coach Craig Winship.

WJHS Peer Council Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast

West Jones High School Peer Council recently hosted the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast. Sheriff Alex Hodge, deputies, and staff from the Jones County Sheriff's Department, Troopers from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and Jones County School Resource Officers were treated to a catered breakfast.  Also in attendance were Jones County School Superintendent, Tommy Parker; James Walters, Assistant Superintendent; Mark Herrington, Assistant Superintendent, and WJHS administration. Peer Council members appreciate the dedicated service of these law enforcement men and women in keeping our communities safe.

Group picture of West Jones High School Peer Council with special law enforcement guests.

WJHS Peer Council Celebrates Kick Butts Day

West Jones High School Peer Council celebrated "Kick Butts Day" on March 16 by encouraging everyone to PUT IT OUT! Kick Butts Day is a national event designed to bring awareness to the tobacco problem and encourage students, families, and communities to be tobacco free! WJHS Peer Council hopes that you will be SMOKE FREE! Peer Council is sponsored by Denise Graves. Also helping with the event were Angela Bynum, WJHS Nurse; Wendy Magee, Project Director/MS Tobacco Free Coalition, and Teresa Harrison, Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator for Jones County School District. 

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

WJHS Art Winners

West Jones High School Art Students participated in William Carey University’s 7th Annual Student Competition.  Pictured are the winners from left to right: Lauren Stevens, Best in Show and $2,000 scholarship; Samantha Grafton, Honorable Mention; Kayla Yates, Honorable Mention; Paige Walters, Honorable Mention.

Indianapolis Colts Akeem Davis speaks at WJHS FCA

Indianapolis Colts team member, Akeem Davis, spoke to West Jones FCA! His positive words of encouragement were an inspiration to all that attended. He also led the team "Break Down" huddle to dismiss the meeting. Akeem was introduced to the group by Justin Graves, Jones County FCA Director and Hudson Harris, West Jones FCA president.

WJHS Science Olympiad Team Winners

West Jones High School  Science Olympiad Team recently competed at the Gulf South Regional Competition and came home with several medals. Science Olympiad sponsor is Karen Deniakos.
Winners are listed below:
Team 1-Cody Causey and Logan Parker:  1st place, Wind Power; 3rd place, Game On
Team 2-Matt Hendry and Nick Sumrall: 1st place, Chem Lab
Team 3-Jess Cooley and Logan Parker: 2nd place, Green Generation
Team 4-River Howell and Jacob Kilpatrick: 1st place, Wright Stuff

WJMS 8th Graders-Horizons Unlimited

A select group of 8th graders from West Jones Middle School recently attended the Eleventh Annual Horizons Unlimited Mentoring Day at the Jones County Career and Technical Education Center. The event was created to boost enrollment and completion of nontraditional students by informing the 8th graders of all the possibilities at the center. To be chosen for the event, students wrote an essay describing the importance of men and women in all career areas. 

Pictured are:
Kneeling: Che' Usher, Thomas Powell, Brennon Melton, Tara Grace Wilson, Tommy Ngo, JaQuan Kelly
Standing: Blake Gordon, Brishell Gray, Isabella Walters, Anna Kepley, Gustavo Chaivez, Brice Kelley, Kolton Bynum

WJHS Peer Council teacher Tar Wars

West Jones High School Peer Council recently taught TAR WARS to 4th and 5th graders at West Jones Elementary and North Jones Elementary. Peer Council members used games, stories, and other activities to promote tobacco awareness and good decision making. The TAR WARS program teaches the negative effects of tobacco use and encourages students to stay smoke free.

Pictured are: Kolbi Holifield, Chelsey Dry, Conner Coleman, Austin Pitts, Lindsay Parker, Ali Green, Marley Mixon, Nataleigh Duran, Lexie Chandler, Alyssa Garrck, Madalyn Stringer, Haley Gable, Taylor Jefcoat, Brittani Dozier, Vivian Lam, Cody Pitts, Preson Coleman

WJHS Senior BETA State Winners

West Jones Senior BETA members recently attended the state convention on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Several of the students competed in various academic categories and came home winners. Each of these students have been invited to compete at the National BETA Convention which will be held in New Orleans this summer.

Academic Winners
Jess Cooley - Division 1 Math Champion
Anna Grace Gieger - Division 1 English Champion
Jonathan Perkins - Division 1 Science Runner-Up
Not Pictured: Joshua Cooper - Division 1 Spelling Runner-Up and Alexandra Castillo Division 1 Spanish 3rd Place

WJHS Senior Beta State Talent Winners

West Jones High School Senior BETA members recently attended the state convention which was held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Several students competed in talent competitions and came home winners. Each of these were invited to compete at the National BETA Convention which will be held in New Orleans this summer.

Talent Winners
(Bottom Row)L-R: Winston Wheat, Madisyn Blackwell (2nd Place Group Talent group talent participants), Lauren Stevens - Onsite Acrylic Painting Runner-Up and Visual Arts Expo 1st Place Ribbon Drawing,  Kassidy Chandler (group talent participant),
(Top Row) L-R: Alyssa Garick, Brittany Bright, Raeleigh Bradley, and Gretchen Bergin (group talent participants) 
Not Pictured: Brianna Read -group talent participant and Nakiyah Jordan Visual Arts Expo 2nd Place Ribbon Acrylic Painting 

WJHS Alex Roberts DAR Scholarship Winner

West Jones High School senior Alex Roberts was recently announced as the 2016 DAR Scholarship recipient. He will attend a reception to honor all area winners in the near future. Roberts will graduate 4th in the class.

Too Good For Drugs @ WJMS

West Jones High School Peer Council recently taught "Too Good For Drugs" to the 7th graders on campus. Students learned that positive communication methods (words, tone of voice, and body language) are necessary in having conversations without misunderstandings. Council members played games and interactive activities with the students to promote healthy drug free lives.

Pictured are 8th grade Peer Council members---Kolbi Holifield, Madalyn Stringer, and Chelsey Dry.

Marty the Mustang @ FCA

Alexis Parker spoke at the WJHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting on Feb. 18. Alexis is the mascot for the varsity cheerleading squad and is also known as Marty the Mustang!

WJHS Jefcoat signs to play soccer at MCC

West Jones High School senior Kayla Jefcoat recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Meridian Community College.

Pictured are:
Seated: Stacey Jefcoat (mom), Jefcoat, Kenny Jefcoat (dad)
Standing: Coach Craig Winship, Gary and Linda Rogers (grandparents) an Coach Joshua Sullivan

WJHS Senior Maskew signs scholarship to manage soccer at MCC

West Jones High School senior Laken Maskew recently signed a scholarship to be a manager for the Meridian Community College Soccer Team.

Pictured are
Seated:  Bridget Maskew (mom), Maskew, Phil Maskew (dad)
Standing: Coach Craig Winship and Coach Joshua Sullivan

WJHS Senior Brunty signs with JCJC to play Soccer

West Jones High School senior Alden Brunty recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer at JCJC.

Pictured--seated: Sid Davis; Brunty; Pat Davis
Standing: Coach Joshua Sullivan, Desi Brunty (sister), Carley Hill (friend)

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