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.

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.


Allison Morris | News

May 26, 2018, [Piney Woods, MS] – The Piney Woods School will install new solar panels thanks to a donation from Tesla to support the school’s #Panels4Piney campaign. Through #Panels4Piney, the students of Piney Woods are working to transition 8-10% of the school’s energy to renewable sources, savings that will be reinvested back into

In March, Panels4Piney launched with a goal of raising $150,000 to install 100 kilowatts worth of solar panels on campus ahead of its 110 year anniversary in 2019. Solar panels from Tesla will help students toward achieving this goal, but they still need
to fundraise for the full installation.

Students aim to raise an additional $110,000 to install these solar panels, which will
cover 8-10% of the school’s energy use. Savings from this installation will allow the
school to invest in infrastructure and student scholarships as part of a larger effort to
comprehensively enter the 21st century. Additionally, Tesla’s solar panels will help
support the school’s renewable energy goals.

In 2017, The Piney Woods School was selected to compete in U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million prize competition
that aims to expand solar electricity access across the country, receiving a $50,000 seed
grant to kickstart the project from the Department of Energy.
To learn more about the fundraiser and to help these students succeed, you can go to

About The Piney Woods School

Founded in 1909 by the first African American graduate of what would become the
University of Iowa, Dr. Laurence C. Jones, to educate the children of former slaves, the
School was a response to the need for a safe place for African Americans to learn and
serve as a cultural and academic haven.

Today they welcome students from around the United States, as well as outside the country with students from the Caribbean and Ethiopia. They serve a predominantly lower to middle-income student body with the majority of their students on scholarship,and have a 98% rate of graduating seniors going on to college.

About the Solar in Your Community Challenge

The Solar in Your Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
SunShot Initiative is a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar access to
low and moderate income households; and state, local, and tribal governments; and
non-profit organizations.
More information about the selected teams and the Solar in Your Community Challenge
is at

About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the
cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a
low-cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts
in collaboration with public and private partners. Learn more at


Allison Morris | News

Earlier this year, NCAT Demonstration Farm Manager Sam Humphrey and FoodCorps Mississippi service member Kristin Lynch installed trellis nets for 3 large pallet garden beds at The Piney Woods School received from Johnny's Selected Seeds through The Mississippi Farm to School Network’s $500 grant for school gardens, awarded last semester.

The garden beds are being put to great use, in preparation for spring planting. Just this week, The Piney Woods School Ag-Business class helped to up-pot peppers and eggplants, and will be assisting NCAT staff with putting together CSA subscription boxes.



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The Piney Woods School tennis team has had great success this season! Check out their stats from this week’s match!

District Championship Tournament – April 11, 2018

1st round: PWS vs Pelahatchie Mixed Doubles: J’Len Brown & Tanishia Oliver: 6-3; 4-6 -- tiebreaker won 10-9 Boys Singles: Getnet Mekingaw: 6-3; 6-1 won match with an injury Girls Singles: Janelle Wilson: 6-1; 6-0 won match Girls Doubles: Makda Tesfye & Maraki Aemero: 6-0; 6-2 won match

2nd round: PWS vs Meridian in Clarksdale Girls Singles: Janelle Wilson 6-6; 6-4; tiebreaker win 11-9 3rd round: PWS vs Enterprise in Meridian Girls Singles: Janelle Wilson 6-4; 6-4 won match.

Janelle Wilson will compete in the State Championship Tournament in Oxford, MS, on May 10, 2018.


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On Sunday, March 25, The Piney Woods School students all gathered together to depart the campus. We loaded the buses departed for Central United Methodist Church to participate in their annual HBCU day. During this celebration, people from all over Mississippi came to show their appreciation for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and to encourage others to join them in the near future.

A Learning Experience

The President of Rust College was willing to pay for books for anyone who signed up that day. It was a great opportunity and Rust wasn’t the only school making offers. A representative from Alcorn shared with us scholarships that they provide. I have heard so much about Alcorn and it sounds like such a great school. As each President, representative and speaker rose out of their seats to tell us why their school was the best and why we should choose them, I was practically ready to hop out of my seat and sign whatever I needed to in order to get the wonderful experiences and education they were speaking of.

An Enjoyable Experience

If the Information wasn’t enough, the entire atmosphere of this place was very relaxing. When the Jubilee singers came on stage, I was blown away by their voices. They started with the National Black Anthem and sang a selection afterward that I didn’t recognize but loved regardless. To end the already wonderful program, the MADD drama group created such a lovely and empowering skit for us. Though there were so many HBCUs joining us in celebration, I took notice that this wasn’t like a pep rally or a concert. There were no rivals within the space. After all was said and done, we were provided with a delicious snack. There were mini sandwiches and pasta and fruit. It was so very nice of them to give us a snack on our way back to school and it was greatly appreciated. The chicken salad was exquisite.


I enjoyed this trip. The atmosphere was absolutely perfect for a Sunday evening. It was also very educational and it was nice to be surrounded by adults who were completely dedicated to our future and higher education.