Following are the Jackson Community School Senior Highlights for the academic year 2020-21:

March Rotary Student of the Month – Sylva Rotary honored Mary Kate Bailey as Student of the Month. JCS recognizes her outstanding character, diligence, motivation and zest for life. After graduation in June, Bailey will pursue a welding degree from Southwestern Community College. Currently, she is enrolled in a welding College and Career Promise course at SCC. After completing her traditional high school courses each day, Bailey rode Jackson County Transit to attend the SCC welding course. On her first day of attending the welding class, she was surprised that she was the only female student in a class of 18 males. Bailey has excelled in the course. Her SCC welding instructor selected her out of 18 students to participate in a job shadowing experience this summer.

WCU Art Show – Hailie Tadlock received first place in the Youth Art Month WCU Art Show and was published in Masterpiece, a wellness and art magazine publication out of the WCU Counseling Program.

Student of the Month Nominees: JCS honored the following students for their engagement and leadership. JCS celebrated these students with a Chick-Fil-A lunch. JCS recognized these seniors at graduation earlier in June: Mary Kate Bailey, Alaina Crisp, T.J. Hedden, Lelia Johnson, Isaac Martin, Allee McCoy, Cheyenne Petit, Hailie Tadlock, Thomas Tracey and Natalie Woodring.

Dollar General Literacy Grant – All JCS seniors participated in creating a documentary through a Dollar General Literacy Grant. The grant funds provided three memoirs, which the students read, as well as a Go Pro camera and software. The seniors then used Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” questions as prompts to write about experiences in their lives.