The mission of Jackson Hole Classical Academy is to cultivate within its students the wisdom and virtue necessary to discover their God-given potential and contribute to a flourishing and free society.
Our annual school-wide Spelling Bee took place last Thursday. Sixth grade student Paschall McDaniel, who earned second place last year, outlasted the runner-up, fourth grade student Avery Ward, to take the title. Paschall will head to the regional competition on March 24 in Rock Springs, and, if she is victorious, she will proceed to the Nationals. Spelling competitions are great challenges to our memory and to our knowledge of phonetics. But they also point to the power of words. Noah Webster was a bookish farmboy who became obsessed with uniting America through words. He spent twenty years writing two thousand pages to accomplish that, and the first American dictionary was published in 1828 when he was seventy years old.
On January 28, 2018, Pete Cook was honored to receive his Eagle Scout, the highest award in Boy Scouts. They honored his achievement in Alpine with his family, friends, and troops at his Eagle Court of Honor, a specific ceremony to recognize his accomplishment. Pete has been involved in Troops 268 and 774 since he turned 11, and the troops and community supported him in his pursuit of the honor.
This year, the Annual JHCA reading event has been restyled the Reading Rodeo, in an annual effort to inspire students and their families to read and unite over great books. The three-week event opened with a school-wide rally for which each faculty member and rodeo volunteer donned literary costumes. Pictures of the teachers are posted in the main hall for the students to investigate, and a competition is underway to guess the identities of each costumed figure.
In addition to the character competition, the students compete in their homerooms to read the most minutes and the highest class average earns treats for their classes! The Reading Rodeo promotes literacy and community in books and pleasant competition. A special thanks to parent coordinators for their support and involvement.