Meet Joree Jackson. Joree has been at ACA since preschool and is poised to graduate from ACA in the spring of 2018. For the past fourteen years, Joree has worked hard to distinguish herself as one of ACA’s best and brightest young leaders, embodying the highest ideals of Annapolis’ mission and vision to graduate students who are:
- Servant-hearted imitators of Jesus
- Wise, virtuous, and eloquent lovers of truth, goodness, and beauty
- Passionate about learning and prepared for life
- Leaders who are broad-minded, well-rounded, and socially graceful
We are extremely proud of Joree’s many achievements as a student of Annapolis, but we are most proud of the person that she has become. We think you’ll agree.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and he will guide your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
I’ve lived in Corpus Christi my entire life and have been at Annapolis from the very beginning. I was two years old when I started Pre-K Three. I am very involved in extracurricular activities through the school, including managing the varsity girls’ basketball team, participating in service club, tutoring younger students, and singing in the choir. I have also been the head student stage manager in three afterschool theater productions, and am the vice president of both the service club and the National Honor Society. Outside of school, I love riding horses, babysitting, playing the guitar, and reading anything I can get my hands on.
Plans for the Future:
I’m not entirely sure of where I’m going to college yet, but I do know that I want to be a pediatric occupational therapist. This will allow me to combine my love for working with kids and helping people. I’ve also considered the possibility of using horses in that same line of work. Either way, I just love the idea of helping kids overcome various troubles and preparing them for everyday life.
On top of all the extracurricular activities that I participate in, I love finding ways to serve others in the school, in my church, and in my community. I love doing service projects through the school service club such as beach clean-ups and Decorate Downtown. I’m also very involved in my church. I teach Sunday school to three year olds every week and provide childcare during the church service whenever I’m needed. I’ve also been on several mission trips with the youth group. Last summer, we went to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and helped with the flood recovery process there. I love being able to help, whether it’s a person, a group of people, or a whole community.
How ACA Has Prepared Me for the Future:
Annapolis has done so much to prepare me for the future. While in high school alone, I have learned valuable study skills that will be essential to getting through upper level college courses. The science courses in particular have really challenged me to become a better student by requiring I review the lesson every day after school and begin preparing for the upcoming test as soon as we start the chapter. I’ve also learned how important it is to keep on top of my work through scheduling and time management while avoiding procrastination. However, I think the biggest way Annapolis has helped prepare me for life was through teaching me time management skills. Because I participate in so many things in and outside of school, I have been required since I started 9th grade to manage my time wisely. Juggling my homework and babysitting and theater rehearsal and basketball games and tutoring and my job was difficult at times, but it was necessary, and doing it gave me a skill that will benefit me for the rest of my life, whether I’m managing a college class schedule along with my work schedule or managing my kids’ school and extracurricular schedules.