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National Elementary Honor Society
Pillow Academy inducted a group of fifth graders into the National Elementary Honor Society. These students maintained an overall average of 93 or higher in every subject area in the past school year. These students displayed strong evidence of responsibility and leadership skills. They also had no Citizenship marks that scored below “satisfactory” during all 4 nine-weeks of fourth grade. Congratulations students!
Pictured left to right: Back row: William Litton, Abram Hodges, Charlie Powers, and Tripp Smith
Middle row: Samuel Pittman, Ross Bellipanni, JonHartley Slater, and John Reed Trusty
Front row: Wyatt Moses, Madeline Carroll, Mary Laine Dyksterhouse, and Anna Claire Swayze
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Congratulations to our Boys Cross-Country Team!
PA Boys Cross Country Team won the Marvel Academy Invitational Meet on Wednesday, September 18th. Boys Medalists were: Kevin Hernandez – 2nd, Ruben Martinez – 3rd, Jacob Lawes – 5th, Bobby Bennett – 6th, and Jonathan Barnes -10th. Girl Medalists were: Skylar Phillips – 3rd and Leah Pillow – 7th.
Congratulations Mustangs and Coach Tolbert!
AP U.S. History
Each year Pillow Academy offers AP U.S. History to juniors. This course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. It helps prepare students for history courses on the college level. The AP course closes the year with a comprehensive exam. Pillow Academy is proud to announce that all students in this course scored high enough on the exam to earn college credit.
Congratulations Jeffrey Bready, Hunter Taylor, Asa Hausner, and instructor Mrs. Heather Johnson
Pillow Academy is proud to announce that all students in last year’s advanced placement biology class scored extremely high. Each student gained college credit. AP Biology is a college-level course that a student may take while in high school. The AP Biology course culminates in a rigorous exam. College credit is based on the student’s performance and success on this examination. Research consistently shows that students who are successful in AP courses generally experience great academic success in college.
Congratulations to Morgan Lott, Sarah Mooneyham, Austin Alderman, Shane Houston Stephens, Jack Reichle, and instructor Mrs. Marietta Branch.
Military Appreciation Night
Pillow Academy is proud to continue with the annual Military Appreciation Night. The Color Guard will be members of Greenwood’s VFW (Veterans of Foreign War). Before the game, there will be a “Fly Over”, followed by the coin toss with Military Veterans assisting.
All Military personnel will receive free admission when presenting their Military ID.
Queen Kenzie Turner & King Pierce Cole
Pictured with 2018 Queen Mari-Brian Crick, Head of School Rodney Brown, Crown Bearer John Brooks Nokes, and Flower Girl Emerson Thigpen.
PA is proud to announce the 2019 Homecoming Court!
Senior Maids and Escorts
Kennedy Avant and Austin Alderman
Morgan Lott and Pierce Cole
Austin Alex Mitchell and Asa Hausner
Alex Sanford and Tristian Steen
Kenzie Turner and Shae Long
Junior Maids and Escorts
Caroline Brock and Dalton Elmore
Havee Johnson and Bobby Bennett
Julia Love Lyon and Richard McQueen
Sophomore Maids and Escorts
Georgia Caroline Self and Eli Jones
Emma Kate Wallace and Tripp Jones
Freshman Maid and Escort
Emily Holmes and Drew Austin
Flower Girl and Crown Bearer
Emerson Thigpen and John Brooks Nokes
Patridge Nichols Coleman Mitchell Awards
Presentation on Bill Davis Field during the varsity football game: PA vs Washington
Friday, September 13th
Young Emerging Leaders of Leflore Program is a comprehensive year-long leadership program for area high school juniors. Congratulations to our students! Click for more details . . .
2019 Summer School
Summer School Policy for students entering grades 6-12 in the 2019-2020 school year. Click for details . . .
2019-2020 Year at a Glance
Updated 29 June 2019
Congratulations Class of 2019 Valedictorian, Sunjay Chawla and Salutatorian, John Hollis Tackett
Sunjay Chawla is the 2019 Valedictorian and will graduate with a 101.42 academic average. Sunjay has had an outstanding career at Pillow Academy. He is president of Mu Alpha Theta and the PA Chapter of the National Honor Society and he was president of the Spanish Club. He is a member of the Green & Gold Ambassadors, Model Security Council, and Quiz Bowl. Sunjay has completed four Honors English courses, four honors science classes including AP Biology, and four honors math courses including AP Calculus.
Sunjay received the HOBY Award. He attended the Trent Lott Leadership Institute and Boys State in the summer of 2018. Sunjay earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was named as a Rotary Student of the Month. This fall Sunjay was recognized nationally as the Wendy’s Heisman Winner.
Sunjay has participated in tennis, soccer and golf during high school. In tennis, he has earned 5 State Championship titles (8th grade through 12th grade). Sunjay has had an outstanding soccer career with one State Championship. He was named as an All-Division player for 3 years. At Pillow, Sunjay holds 3 individual records: Most goals in a game- 8; most goals in a season- 33, most goals in a career- 65. In golf, Sunjay placed 3rd in the Overall State Championship last spring. This season he won the Indianola Academy Invitational and the Bayou Academy Invitational.
Sunjay is the son of Suresh and Gauri Chawla of Greenwood. He plans to major in Business and Economics, but he is undecided on which university he will attend.
PA senior John Hollis Tackett is the 2019 Salutatorian and will graduate in May with a 100.21 academic average. John Hollis is a very active student being involved in school organizations, extra-curricular activities, and athletic teams. He was a member of the PA Chapter of the National Honor Society, FCA, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Club, Model Security Council, and Quiz Bowl. John Hollis has completed four Honors English courses, four honors math courses including AP Calculus and four honors and science classes including AP Biology. He is the assistant editor of PA’s newspaper, The Pony Express.
In the summer of 2018, John Hollis attended the Trent Lott Leadership Institute and will attend Boys State this summer. John Hollis received the rank of Eagle Scout. He was named as the January Rotary Student of the Month.
During high school, John Hollis had an outstanding career as an athlete. He has been a member of the Cross-Country team, the basketball team, the track and field team, the soccer team and the tennis team.
John Hollis is the son of Randy and Beth Tackett of Greenwood. He plans to attend the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss in the fall. John Hollis will major in engineering with an emphasis in pre-med studies.
Congratulations to Sunjay and John Hollis! Pillow Academy is proud of you!
2019 MAIS Student Council Convention
Jack Riechle was elected as the MAIS Student Council President!
Congratulations Jack! Your Mustang family is very proud of you.