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WJMS Horizon Unlimited Mentoring

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Eleven 8th graders from WJMS were chosen to attend the 13th Annual Horizons Unlimited Mentoring Day which was held at the Jones County Career & Technical Education Center. This event focused on nontraditional enrollment in the career pathways and allowed the students to participate in the curriculum for the day. Students attended sessions in the following areas: Health Science, Collision Repair, Auto Service Technician, Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Architecture and Drafting, and Welding. West Jones Technology Foundations teachers, Rose West, Kathi Lott, and Denise Graves, coordinated with the faculty at the Career & Technical Center in selecting these participants.

My Safe Driving PROMise

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On Tuesday, April 3, a Prom Promise event was held on the West Jones High School football field in which two vehicles were used to simulate a head-on collision caused by a drunk driver. Four WJH students participated as innocent victims of the crash. With the help of numerous emergency services, law enforcement, and area volunteers, WJH juniors and seniors had the opportunity to watch  this "real life" drama and learn about the impacts inflicted on the lives of young people when drinking and driving distracted.
West Jones High School administrators, faculty, staff, and students encouraged that everyone attending prom would make the PROMise to be safe!!

Middle School Mustangs Introduce 6th Graders to WJ Student Life

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West Jones Junior High Student Council, Centerstage and Counselor Mrs. Suzi Broom recently visited the local elementary schools to share with the sixth grade class what they have to look forward to at WJMS next year. Mrs. Broom explained the academic courses required, available electives, advanced courses, the prerequisites for each and offered great advice on how students at WJ start preparing for graduation as 7th graders. Student Council members shared all the available clubs, organizations, sports and other activities that they will have the chance to participate in and the difference it makes in the school year, when you take part in being what makes WEST THE BEST!!! Our award winning middle school show choir, CENTERSTAGE, performed to show the sixth graders another great activity they may want to consider trying out to be a part of- Show Choir!!

WJHS Peer Council--National Kick Butts Day

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West Jones High School Peer Council joined with Generation Free to promote National Kick Butts Day! This day empowers youth to stand out and speak up about the terrible consequences of smoking! Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 480,000 people every year. By getting involved in Kick Butts Day and other activities, America’s youth raise awareness about the tobacco problem, encourage peers to be tobacco-free and support effective solutions to reduce tobacco use! Peer Council members interviewed WJH coaches to get their opinions about tobacco use and posted the results around campus! WJH Peer Council hopes everyone will remain TOBACCO FREE!

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

WJHS Quiz Bowl

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The West Jones High School Quiz Bowl Team competed in the Southwest Louisiana Quiz Bowl Tournament over Spring Break, where they won 2nd place.  On the way back, the team stopped at Louisiana State University and visited with mascot Mike the Tiger.  Photo taken in front of Mike's habitat; team members from left to right:  Joshua Cooper, Jess Cooley, Logan Parker, and Elias Martinez.

We Are Proud of Coach Murray and the Lady Mustangs!!!!

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West Jones Jr Beta Students Prepare for Convention

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Jr. Beta Robotics Team and Jr. Beta Tower-of-Power Team Prepare for Convention!!!

WJHS Students Attend Sr Beta Convention

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Pictured are West Jones High School Sr. Beta Group and Award Winners - Champions On-Site Advertising--Olivia Williams, Ashley Sumrall, Kate Broom, Eva Kiparizoska; Champion On-Site Pencil Drawing--Creed Broom; Champion Beta Build--Micah Stockstill, Joshua Cooper, Matthew Boykin, Tristan Gerlach, Slade Hicks

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Award Winners Continued: 3rd Place Beta Banner--Olivia Williams; 5th Place Fresh Look at Beta--Jaylon Everett, Abbey Garrick, Joshua Chandler, Justin Grayson; Champion Quiz Bowl--Logan Parker, Jack Taylor, Jess Cooley, Joshua Cooper; Runner-Up Scholarship--$1000.00--Jess Cooley


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Award Winner - Karson Wardell--1st Place--Mixed Media, 5th Place--On-Site Acrylic, and 5th Place--Sculpture

WJMS CenterStage--Nathan Guy Wins Solo Competition

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Nathan Guy, member of West Jones Middle School CenterStage Show Choir, recently won 1st Place in the Solo Competition at the Petal Invitational!!! Congratulations!!

West Jones High School USM Admitted Students

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We are proud of WJHS students that have been admitted to USM!

WJHS Peer Council Hosts Law Enforcement Breakfast

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The West Jones High School Peer Council recently hosted the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast to honor and thank the men and women who serve and protect our area. Council members provided a buffet style breakfast combined with lots of fun and fellowship. West Jones High School Administrators and representatives from the Jones County Schools District Office were also in attendance. Peer Council teacher is Denise Graves, who is helped by Angie Bynum, Jones County School District Nurse.

WJHS Science Club

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The West Jones High School Science Club recently had a speaker, Mr. Scott Wilson, at its January 23 meeting.  Mr. Wilson is a metal crafter who builds medieval reproductions of swords, rapiers, and armor.  He explained the properties and characteristics of the metals he uses in his work to form his reproductions, and he also talked about each of the metal's unique characteristics after heating.  The metals and alloys discussed include copper, aluminum, and stainless steel.  He demonstrated the processes of tempering and quenching the metals by showing students how he heats the metals in the forge and how he quenches the metals in oil, water, or superquench. Mr. Wilson's custom crafts can be viewed at darkwoodarmory.com.

Photos: Metal craftsman Scott Wilson with students Alyssa Adams, Anna Ford, Haley Guy, and Eva Kiparizoska.

WJHS FCA Helps with Valentine's Day Dance and Party at Blair Batson Children's Hospital

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West Jones High School FCA Lead Team members were invited to participate in the Annual Valentine's Day Party and Dance at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson. FCA team members helped patients decorate Valentine's Day bags which were loaded with cards and treats and helped create colorful tissue paper flowers which brought lots of smiles. Each patient was given one-on-one attention by a member in hopes of making their Valentine's Day special. FCA was honored to have been selected to help with this event!

WJHS Band attends the National Band Association Wind Band Symposium

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On January 18 & 19, 2018, the West Jones Symphonic Band traveled to Biloxi to participate in the National Band Association Wind Band Symposium. It was 2 days filled with rehearsals and clinics from 4 nationally known Directors/Clinicians: Elva Kaye Lance from Mississippi State University, Colonel Thomas Palmetier of the Army Band, Catherine Rand from the University of Southern Mississippi, and Roy King formerly the band director at Louisiana State University.

WJHS Band Director, Mark Laird, Inducted into Southeast Mississippi Band Directors Hall of Fame

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On February 2, 2018, Artie Adams and Mark Laird were inducted into the Southeast Mississippi Band Directors Hall of Fame. Artie Adams is the former (now retired) band director from South Jones High School, and Mark Laird is the current band director at West Jones High School.

Mississippi College Math & Science Competition

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These are from the Mississippi College Math & Science Competition: Logan Parker got 1st place in Computer Science and 3rd in Chemistry overall. (MC Logan Parker--pic)  Joshua Cooper, Cameron Pruitt, and Elisha Rodgers all got in the top 10% on the Chemistry test.  Generous scholarships were earned by these winners. (MC 10%--pic) Our Quiz Bowl Team competed and came in 3rd overall.  Jess Cooley is the captain. Other players were Elias Martinez, Joshua Cooper, Logan Parker, and Cameron Pruitt. (Quiz Bowl--pic) Team members on whole team photo from bottom, left to right: Kaitlyn Pruitt and Elisha Rodgers; 2nd row: Bayne White, Creed Broom, Cameron Pruitt; top: Joshua Cooper, Tristan Gerlach, Jess Cooley, Logan Parker; not pictured: Elias Martinez.


B.E.S.T. Club Donation

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The B.E.S.T. Club (Better Education Starts Today) recently donated $500.00 to the West Jones Middle/High School Library Media Center. Mrs. Perkins used the funds to buy new books and library furnishings. All the West Jones students greatly appreciate the thoughtful generosity of the B.E.S.T. Club!  B.E.S.T. Club is a parent-teacher organization that promotes academic achievement through various awards, including scholarships.  They meet every third Monday at 5:30 in the WJH media center

WJHS Pickering Signs Letter of Intent With East Central Communnity College

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West Jones High School senior Fabian Pickering recently signed a letter of intent to play football for East Central Community College.
Pictured are:
Seated--Nakailya Pickering-mom, Fabian, Linda Pickering-Grandmother
Standing: Sylvia Pollet--Grandmother and Layla Pickering, sister

WJHS Johnson Signs Letter of Intent With East Central Communnity College

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West Jones High School senior Macayla Johnson recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer with East Central Community College.
Pictured are:
Seated are Macayla and Danielle Jones


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Four West Jones High School seniors signed letters of intent to continue playing at the Junior College level. Congratulations!
Pictured from left-right: Fabian Pickering--East Central Community College, football; Allie James--Jones County Junior College, soccer; Macayla Johnson--East Central Community College, soccer; and Anna Grace Gieger--Jones County Junior College, soccer.

WJHS Peer Council Teaches Tar Wars

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WJH Peer Council recently taught Tar Wars to 4th and 5th graders at West Jones Elementary and North Jones Elementary! Tar Wars is an anti-tobacco program that stresses the terrible consequences from the use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and vapes. Council members played games and used visuals to actively engage student learning. Peer Council hopes that everyone will BE TOBACCO FREE!! Peer Council is taught by Denise Graves with help from Angie Bynum, JCSD Nurse.

WJHS Art Scholastic Art Competition Winners

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West Jones High School art students Cassie Winship, Karson Wardell, and J.P. Person were recently selected to compete in the 2018 Scholastic Art Competition.  Two thousand entries were received from around the state for this event.  Earning a Gold Key and Silver Key is Karson Wardell (pictured middle).  Karson’s Golden Key entry will move on to compete nationally and will hang in a show at the MS Museum of Art.  J.P. Person also won a Silver Key (pictured left), and Cassie Winship (pictured right) earned an Honorable Mention.

WJMS Center Stage Takes 1st Place

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WJMS Center Stage won 1st place in the AA Division at the South Jones Show Choir Invitational. This was their first competition of the year! Congratulations to Mrs. Kinsey and Center Stage!!!

WJHS Library Receives New Resources

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Howard Industries, Inc./Howard Technology Solutions donated 30 laptop computers, a printer, a cart, 2 tablets, and over 100 new books to West Jones Middle/High School!
The books are titles requested by students, and the tablets will be filled with ebooks and audio books.  The 30 laptops + printer + cart will become a mobile lab for all West Jones teachers to utilize as needed.  The students and faculty are very thankful for the generosity of Howard Industries, Inc./Howard Technology Solutions!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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