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Vicksburg Warren College and Career Academies honor students, teachers, and community partners with Academy Awards

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The Vicksburg Warren College and Career Academies (VWCCA) is proud to announce its 2020-21 Academy Award winners. These awards are given to individuals or businesses who have worked during the year to strengthen the academy model in the Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) and who supported the vision of the District to graduate all students college, career and life prepared.

Six students and six teachers representing each of the academies, were selected to be honored this year along with several administrators. Additionally, four business/community awards were given – please see list on pages 3-4. The Academy Awards Ceremony is scheduled to air on the District’s Facebook page (@vicksburgwarrenschooldistrict) on Tuesday, May 11 at 6PM.

VWSD Superintendent, Chad Shealy said, “The Vicksburg Warren College and Career Academies have only been successful because of people and organizations like those we are honoring today. Together is better, and despite the extra challenges this year brought, we were able to find ways to engage students and to give them opportunities to explore their passions, experience careers and envision their best lives.”

The awards ceremony, led by students Joe Mosley of Warren Central High School and Christian Summers and Lauren Butler of Vicksburg High School, is an important part of celebrating the many accomplishments of the District and the partnerships that helped achieve them. The VWCCA model has led to great gains for the District including:

  • 86.9 percent graduation rate – the highest it has ever been – jumping 6 percentage points in the last year and more than 14 percentage points in the past two years.
  • Students last year earned 7,053 semester hours of college credit, giving them a jump start on their careers after graduation, and
  • Warren Central High School was the number one school in Mississippi for the past three years for dual credit/dual enrollment and Vicksburg High School was number 2 in 2018, number 4 in 2019 and number 3 in 2020. This is an amazing accomplishment considering the other top schools like NW Rankin and Brandon have 250-300 more students than Warren Central and 650-750 more students than Vicksburg High School.

Academies are designed to ignite students’ passion for lifelong learning and to provide an interesting, relevant and meaningful education. VWCCA does this by offering applied learning opportunities through career-themed learning communities. Academies operate as specialized schools within schools. Each of these smaller schools provide the required core classes that students must complete as well as learning opportunities that match students’ interests and strengths. This approach provides the advanced academic and 21st century skills – such as working together in teams, problems solving, valuing diverse opinions, and communication skills – that employers are looking for and that our students need to be successful.

2020-21 Academy Award Winners

Vicksburg Warren College & Career Academies

Business/Community Awards

The Premier Partner Award – Entergy Mississippi – this award recognizes a VWCCA community partner that exemplifies innovation in its partnership for education that benefits students and the community at large.

 

The Foundations Award – Alex Washington, Ph.D. – this award recognizes a community partner employee who has created lasting change and measurable differences in our community through support of students and programs that advance the mission, vision, and philosophy of the Vicksburg Warren School District and the Vicksburg Warren College & Career Academies.

 

The Legacy Award – Kelle Barfield, Lorelei Books/District 5 Supervisor, Warren County – this award recognizes a VWCCA community partner who is an exemplar of service, leadership, and dedication to fostering opportunities for students to graduate college, career, and life prepared.

 

The Headliner Award – Tim Reeves, The Vicksburg Post – recognizes a key VWCCA community partner who promotes the accomplishments of the district and Vicksburg Warren College and Career Academies.

 

Vicksburg High School Academy Awards

Architecture, Construction, Mechatronics & Engineering (ACME) Academy

Student of the Year: Aisha Williams

Teacher of the Year: Rita South

 

Communications Arts & Business (CAB) Academy

Student of the Year: Jakya Kelly

Teacher of the Year: Arnita Johnson

 

Health & Human Services (HHS) Academy 

Student of the Year: Hailey Henderson

Teacher of the Year: Aerial Patten

 

Academy Principal of the Year: Julia Hood

Academy Lead of the Year: Kelvin Carter

Academy Counselor of the Year: Janet McDaniel

 

Warren Central High School Academy Awards

Architecture, Construction, Mechatronics & Engineering (ACME) Academy

Student of the Year: Alexandra Lawson

Teacher of the Year: Caleigh Haynes

 

Communications Arts & Business (CAB) Academy

Student of the Year: Bryan Parson

Teacher of the Year: Andrea Fairchild

 

Health & Human Services (HHS) Academy 

Student of the Year: Anita Reed

Teacher of the Year: Kelsey Feigenbaum

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