Students in the News

Student earns $1,000 Rotary Scholarship

USJ senior Sierra Glosson was awarded a $1,000 Rotary Scholarship by the Jackson Rotary Club. One scholarship is given to a Junior Rotarian from each Madison County high school who represented their school at Rotary meetings for a month during the school year.

Sierra represented USJ as Junior Rotarian in March 2015 and visited the club each Wednesday to become acquainted with the members and learn more about Rotary and its purpose in the community. Sierra will attend Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to earn a degree in musical theatre.

Student invited to San Francisco to visit tech companies

Chinaza Nwokolo, a USJ freshman, is headed to San Francisco to tour Google, LinkedIn and more.

Nwokolo recently participated in a coding program at theCo where students use the web platform, Treehouse, to create web and mobile apps, as well as websites. The students earn points by working on projects in Treehouse, and Chinaza scored high enough to earn an invitation to California.

The CO:de Catalyst class earned high honors nationally for their work in the coding course and competition. The course is designed to teach the technology skills required to seize the opportunities in the ever-changing economy.

Trent Baldwin Chosen for 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Trent Baldwin, a ninth grader at USJ, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Mass., from June 28 to June 30.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists to stay true to their dream, and after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Trent Baldwin was nominated by American hero and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Tennessee based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day Congress, Trent will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading scientific research. He will also hear advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities, be inspired by fellow teen science prodigies, and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

Students honored at Jackson Exchange Club

Two USJ seniors were honored at the Jackson Exchange Club for their academic work.

Amanda Holloway was recognized as the Exchange Student of the Month. This award is given to a senior who shows outstanding academics and community involvement.

Kelsey Sanders was recognized as the ACE Exchange Student of the Month. This award is given to a senior who has had to overcome some sort of obstacle, which can be anything. Kelsey wrote about her fight to overcome her dyslexia with the tireless hours spent learning strategies to compensate early in her school career.

Each girl received a certificate and a small recognition check. They will both go into the pool for further scholarships given at the local, state, and regional Exchange Clubs. 

USJ senior Amanda Holloway and Ron Whisenant from the Jackson Exchange Club
Mike Ashley from the Jackson Exchange Club and USJ senior Kelsey Sanders

2014-2015 Junior Rotarians

The 2014-2015 Junior Rotarians are Matthew Smith, Jordan Boyd, Madison Perchik, Sierra Glosson, Tori Hockaday, and Amanda Holloway.

USJ students win top honors at West Tennessee State Fair Pageant

USJ seventh-grader Mary Humphrey, center, was named Junior Fairest of the 2014 West Tennessee State Fair in September.

USJ sophomore Abby Rial, right, was named Teen Fairest of the Fair. At left is the Fairest of the Fair winner, Ashlyn Johnson.

Third-grade students win poetry competition

Anderson Preston won the Griot Collective of West Tennessee’s annual poetry contest for the first- through fifth-grade division. Kade McCarter placed second, and Meera Boyapati placed third. The collective is a nonprofit literary arts organization that sponsors monthly poetry workshops for adults, poetry contests and a visiting writers series.

The winning poems – haikus about winter – are below.

Left to right: Kade McCarter, Anderson Preston, and Meera Boyapati.

“One Snowy Winter” by Anderson Preston
Playing in the snow.
Chilly breeze whipping around.
Winter is the best.

“A Snowman’s Life,” by Kade McCarter
Snowmen are very fun.
They laugh and they play, too.
They have a good day.

“Snowflakes Fall,” by Meera Boyapati
Snowflakes are pretty.
So tasty and good to eat.
White and fun to catch.