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Jefferson Davis Academy celebrates Class of 2024


Family and friends packed the Jefferson Davis Academy gym on May 24 to celebrate the Class of 2024.
“For many of us, the journey to this moment has been filled with challenges, setbacks, and moments of doubt. But through it all, we have persevered. We have faced every obstacle with courage and determination, know­ing that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible,” said student body president and valedictorian Reece Brown.
She thanked every­one who provided “un­wavering support and guidance” to help the Class of 2024 get to where they are today.
“To our teachers and mentors, who have not only imparted knowledge but also served as beacons of inspiration and guid­ance, we extend our heart­felt appreciation for the lasting impact they have made on our lives,” she said.
Brown also thanked her parents for “their encouragement, guidance, and belief in my abilities have been the cornerstone of my success, propelling me forward even in the face of challenges.”
She also recognized her classmates “whose presence has been both a source of friendship and a spark for growth. Together, we have navigated the highs and lows of our academic journey, forming bonds that will endure far beyond these school walls.”
Salutatorian Cadence Lilian Carson also thanked the people who helped her along her journey, including her parents for their love, support, and guidance. She also thanked Reece, who is her friend. Though she has dreamed of being valedictorian since she was a young girl, Carson said she’s happy to come second behind her friend.
“We did what friends are supposed to; we pushed each other to succeed and so we succeeded together,” said Carson.
Brown encouraged her fellow graduates to look toward the future with “hope” and “optimism” as they embrace whatever challenges that come their way. Regardless of what path they choose for the future, she encouraged them to never forget their potential.
“Let us strive to be the architects of our own destiny, the champions of our own aspirations, and the ambassadors of hope and change. Let us be bold in our aspirations, courageous in our actions, and compassionate in our dealings with others,” said Brown.
In addition to bestowing the diplomas, two gradu­ates also were named to the JDA Hall of Fame. Each year, the faculty selects one male student and one female student based on certain criteria, such as academic achievements, leader­ship abilities, high moral standards, and exemplifying the ideals of JDA’s motto of “Dignity, Sincerity, and Devotion.”
“Those selected will have their photo displayed in our hallways for years to come as an inspiration for our future students,” said JDA Head of School Carla Jackson.
The 2024 honorees are Stacey Newsome and Hunter Zorn.