Piney Woods Students Travel to U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

Staring into space isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A selection of students from The Piney Woods School will travel to Huntsville, Alabama, to tour the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC).

The USSRC is the official NASA Visitor Information Center for the Marshall Space Flight Center. The students will have the opportunity to see exhibits, that include the world’s only full-scale Space Transportation System display (space shuttle). This includes an External Tank, a set of twin Solid Rocket Boosters and the development test article Shuttle Orbiter, Pathfinder; as well as the National Historic Landmark Saturn V moon rocket.

The students will also receive a tour of the National Historic Landmark Redstone Test Stand, the Payload Operations and Integration Center, which coordinates all scientific experiments on the International Space Station, and the Dynamic Test Stand used to test the Saturn V rocket.

Piney Woods School Christmas Musical

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year, the Piney Woods family would like to invite you to experience our Christmas musical.
It is with joyful hearts, that the Fine Arts Department presents Jesus is the Reason for the Season on December 17th, 2018, at 3:30 pm in the Zilpha Chanler Auditorium.
This musical dedicates itself to promote the Christ in Christmas with traditional and modern songs from the choir. The musical will be punctuated with several soloists, prepared to give their all, to lift and renew the Christmas spirits of everyone in attendance.
The centerpiece of the musical is the story of Mary and Joseph as they prepare themselves for the birth of Jesus, the King of Kings, the Savior, and the true reason for the season.
We extend a warm welcome for each person to join us at this year’s musical.

Four Selected for Youth Leadership Jackson development program

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

Four Selected for Youth Leadership Jackson development program
PINEY WOODS, Miss. – It is an honor and a privilege for the Piney Woods School to announce that four students were selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Youth Leadership Jackson development program.
Markiah Burkes, Christian Crossley, Moiya Gooden, and Zalaila Laird were each selected to represent Piney Woods, at the youth retreat on December 7-8, 2018.
The Youth Leadership Jackson program was organized in 1991. Patterned after the Leadership Greater Jackson program, Youth Leadership Jackson is a community-wide leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors and is designed to expose young leaders to the various elements that combine to form a strong and dynamic metropolitan area.
The program was established to address several issues in the Greater Jackson area. It was believed that high school students from different sections of the community have few opportunities to know one another. It was also felt that; the high school curriculum contains little in-depth information about the Metro Jackson area.
Many high school students need to feel that Metro Jackson, which encompasses Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties, holds a challenge and opportunity for their future. Finally, high school students need more opportunities to develop leadership abilities and to interact with adult leaders.
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About The Piney Woods School
The Piney Woods School is the longest serving historically African American college preparatory residential school in the United States. Founded in 1909, The Piney Woods School pursues the next century with the same innovative spirit that launched our work over 100 years ago. Our vision is to produce entrepreneurial citizens, a community of learners who are curious, creative and constructive, whose impact will change the world. We accomplish this by integrating leading edge experiential learning with a proven approach to personal and leadership development. Our farm and facilities, our family culture, and our ideals and values make us uniquely qualified to achieve our mission.

Piney Woods Mock Trial Team Competes in Jackson, Mississippi

Christopher Windfield | Uncategorized

The Magnolia Bar Association held a mock trial competition in Jackson, Mississippi. There were five schools competing and six teams in total.

The members of Piney Woods had two teams in the competition. On Friday, December 7, 2018, there were two trials. The person portraying the defendant and plaintiff was predetermined.

Piney Woods completed one trial in the morning and the other in afternoon. After that the teams awaited their fate, as the judges deliberated, prior to announcing the two finalists that would compete the next day.

Despite Piney Woods not making the finals, they performed beautifully during trials. The PWS coaches, Mrs. Francine Jones and Judge Winston Kidd, were very proud of the teams because of their performances and the hard work they put into practice.

It’s not always about winning for the team, besides there’s always next year!

Although our team did not prevail, PWS fourth year student, Jeremiah Morris Horace Of Chicago, Illinois, was subsequently awarded a college scholarship by the bar association for his stellar mock trial performance.

College Tours Outing for Juniors

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The junior class and a selection of seniors traveled for a day to New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 13, 2018, to tour two Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The students departed the Piney Woods campus at 5:30 am for an exciting and enlightening day of learning. Arriving at their first destination, the students didn’t allow the rainy weather to dampen their enthusiasm.

At 10:00 am, at 2601 Gentilly Blvd., the students stepped onto the campus of Dillard University. Dillard is a private, historically black university, founded in 1930. This institution, founded after Piney Woods’ 1909, offered the students a glimpse into college life.

The day didn’t end at Dillard. After a brief lunch the students were transported to Xavier University of Louisiana. Xavier is also a liberal arts college and classified as historically black. Xavier is also the only historically black Roman Catholic institution of higher education in the United States. Xavier has the amazing distinction of sending more African American graduates to medical school than any other college in the United States.

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