Student Honors

Two USJ Students Selected as Finalists for Presidential Scholars Program

University School of Jackson seniors Page Askins and John Stanford have been selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They have been invited to apply for this competition and are currently in the process of finalizing their applications. 

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, around 160 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Page and John are the Madison County representatives for the program and join a handful of other West Tennessee students who also earned this honor.

“I hope Page and John advance in the competition, but even if they do not, they have represented our school well,” says Carol Ryan, USJ’s Director of College Advising.

Students finish strong at 2016 TMTA competition

USJ math students placed high in several events at the Tennessee Mathematics Association’s contest at Freed-Hardeman University. As a team, the school won four events and placed third in the fifth.

Calculus and Advanced Topics

First:  Nate Schwindt
Second: Aditya Thota 
Third: Caitlin Nycum
Fourth: Seth Weiss  
Sixth: Gray Northern
Eighth: Loukas Georgiou
USJ Team: First Place


Third: Seth Rohlwing
Fourth: Amanda Cooper
Seventh: Addison Dunn
Eighth: Allison Banks
USJ Team: Second Place





Algebra II

First: John Stanford
Second: Patrick Aherrera
Fourth (tie): Natalie Sullivan
Fourth (tie): Eric Whisenant
Sixth: Michael Villarreal
USJ Team: First Place


First: Anjali Mahajan
Second: Eli Garey
Third: Tyler Bruno
Fourth: Alden Cardwell
Sixth: Griffin Laird
USJ Team: First Place





Algebra I

Third: Michelle Nnaji
Fourth: Sukhmani Boparai
Seventh: Sejal Jinturkar
Ninth: Tyler Hite
Tenth: Carson Nicola
USJ Team: Second Place