Javarcia is the son of April Scott and Thessaiol Ivory II. He was chosen as the STAR Student after scoring a 34 on the ACT.
Javarcia is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a National Achievement Finalist. He has received numerous awards, including subject area awards in Honors Spanish IV, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, AP English III and AP Biology. In 2014, he was named one of Portico magazine’s 25 Students Who Will Change the World.
After graduation, Javarcia plans to pursue a degree in biophysics or biochemistry with the hopes of becoming a cardiologist or physician researcher. He is still undecided about the college he will attend.
“I have always loved science,” he said.
His career goals were sparked by the prevalence of cardio illnesses prevalent in Mississippi among African Americans.
“I feel like this is the best way I can serve the community,” he said.
Javarcia chose Alix Williams, AP English language and literature teacher, as the STAR Teacher this year. Williams has taught for 20 years.
“I enjoy teaching AP English because I teach novels that my students can relate to,” she said. Williams received both her undergraduate and masters degrees from Mississippi College. This is the seventh time she’s been chosen as a STAR Teacher.
Javarcia and Williams will be recognized by the Mississippi Economic Council M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program, during the annual Education Celebration on April 30 at the Jackson Convention Center.
Middle school can be tough, but teachers like Misty Duke make sure students are welcomed and encouraged every day.
“Mrs. Duke is the kindest woman in the world,” said Clinton Junior High School parent Venetia Miller. “Mrs. Duke makes learning and coming to school a wonderful experience for the children.”
Duke will be presented the Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, customer service award for the month of March during the April school board meeting. The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 in the Central Office board room.
The DOVE Award launched in March 2014 to recognize employees throughout the Clinton Public School District who display exemplary customer service.
Miller’s son is currently in eighth grade. She said when he was in Duke’s seventh-grade class “she always answered emails and questions quickly and efficiently. She was always polite and friendly.”
And although he is in eighth grade, “on days when he sees Mrs. Duke he says she always speaks, asks how he is and gives him kind words.”
“Her actions made me feel like junior high wasn’t going to be such a bad place after all,” Miller wrote. “Even though my son is in eighth grade now, he said, ‘Mom, she is the best teacher at that school.’”
Duke has taught at CJHS for 14 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi College. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, and also co-sponsors the cheer squad and the Anchor Club.
The DOVE Award is given each month during the school year to an employee who goes above and beyond in showing customer service to students, parents and the community. A five-member DOVE award selection committee chooses each winner from a pool of nominations.
Anyone can nominate a CPSD employee via the online form on www.clintonpublicschools.com or by filling out a paper form in school front offices. DOVE Award recipients will be formally recognized at school board meetings, on the superintendent’s blog and in The Clinton Courier.
“We encourage excellence on the playing field and in the classroom,” said Dr. Clay Norton, athletic director. “It’s a huge honor for our teams to be recognized this way.”
The Mississippi High School Activities Association awards the scholar team distinction to teams with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or higher. CPSD’s scholar teams and their GPAs include:
- Boys Tennis, 3.743
- Girls Tennis, 3.599
- Girls soccer, 3.547
- Boys cross country, 3.520
- Fast pitch softball, 3.497
- Slow pitch softball, 3.455
- Cheerleading, 3.407
- Girls golf, 3.357
- Girls cross country, 3.305
- Girls swim, 3.257
- Boys soccer, 3.251
- Girls track, 3.212
- Volleyball, 3.162
- Girls powerlifting, 3.127
- Girls bowling, 3.112
- Boys swim, 3.067
- Boys golf, 3.057
- Girls basketball, 3.036
Junior varsity teams are not eligible to receive the award. Each of the scholar teams will receive a certificate from MHSAA.
In some ways, modeling comes easy for Clinton High School junior Erin Johnson.
“It’s hectic but fun,” she said. “Everyone I work with is very professional. … It’s a fun experience.”
Erin is one of two models featured in the current edition of Social South magazine, and her photo graces the magazine cover. She is featured in the magazine’s fashion spread and several other pages.
“Aside from being a natural beauty, she carried herself with great confidence and had an energy that we were instantly drawn to,” Ali said. “Erin’s confidence and energy never died down throughout the shoot and I think that is reflected through the photos.”
Erin is new to the modeling scene but this is not her first chance at exposure. Six months ago she signed a contract with the JEA Model Management company and in the time since has been featured in an ad for Image Optical, a new campaign for Barnette’s Salon and she also modeled at Fashion Week in New Orleans.
“I was so excited to get the (Social South) cover,” she said. “I saw all the pictures and they turned out great. We’ve got about 25 copies of the magazine at home and we’ve been giving them to family and friends.”
“We could not be happier with the way this fashion feature turned out,” Ali said. “We are so happy to have been able to work with Erin, and we are so excited to see what the future holds for her.”
Erin credits her father, Cliff Johnson, for nudging her toward modeling.
“My dad told me I needed to find a job,” she said. “I thought modeling would be fun. Me and my mom took some photos and submitted them to JEA. They asked several questions, took my measurements and called me back with a contract.”
Her contract with JEA is for two years — until she graduates high school — and after that she’s not sure what the future holds.
Dena Lundberg has been a dedicated volunteer at Northside Elementary and other schools for years.
On Friday, she was named the Clinton Public School District 2014-15 Parent of the Year. She received the award in a surprise presentation at Northside.
“I’d have to say Mrs. Lundberg’s greatest virtue is her attitude,” said Northside Principal Joy Tyner. “She has always been the positive voice advocating for our school, our teachers and leadership team. Her dedication makes her very deserving of Parent of the Year.”
Lundberg has served as PTO treasurer and chairperson for the family fun night. She has also volunteered on the Arrow Dash committee, the carnival committee, and worked with the Accelerated Reader program.
This school year, Lundberg worked with people in the community to raise funds for the Positive Behavior Support Program.
“Her contributions have significantly impacted our school,” said Tyner.
Nolan, a third-grader, is the only child she has in CPSD.
Every year, each school selects a parent of the year and the district selects a winner. School winners are:
· Clinton Park Elementary School, Tiffany Brooks
· Northside Elementary School, Dena Lundberg
· Eastside Elementary School, Sharon Alexander
· Lovett Elementary School, Paula DeYoung
· Clinton Junior High School, Kim Pee
· Sumner Hill Junior High School, Missy Washam
· Clinton High School, Jane Howell
Lundberg will represent CPSD in the Mississippi Parent of the Year program conducted by the Mississippi Department of Education.