Student Honors

Three Seniors awarded Ned McWherter Scholarships

Three University School of Jackson students have been named recipients of the 2018-19 Ned McWherter Scholarship. Alden Cardwell, Camryn Coley, and Eli Garey were among only 80 scholarship recipients awarded statewide out of more than 1,500 applications.

“Many highly qualified candidates throughout Tennessee applied to be a Ned McWherter Scholar, so we are happy to have three 2018 recipients. In addition to taking challenging coursework and having high test scores, recipients are also scored on their extracurricular involvement and demonstrated leadership. These students meet and exceed those criteria.“ said Carol Ryan, Director of College Advising.

The Ned McWherter Scholars Program awards each student $6,000 per academic year, with $3,000 from the state of Tennessee and an additional $3,000 from the college or university the student selects to attend. The total award for each student is $24,000 over four years. Since the program’s establishment in 2002, there have been more than 1,000 Ned McWherter Scholars statewide.

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation awarded funding to 80 new applicants and 310 renewal applicants for a total of 390 Ned McWherter Scholars in 2018-19. Current Ned McWherter Scholars had an average high school GPA of 3.99, hold an average ACT score of 34.5, and will attend 13 Tennessee higher education institutions. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in college and attend full-time to remain eligible for the program.

“The goal of our College Advising team is to provide individualized attention and support to each of our students as they participate in the college search and selection process. This support includes assisting students and their families in securing funding for college through programs like the Ned McWherter Scholarship Program,” said Carol Ryan.

Students bring home top awards at 2018 TMTA competition

Twenty five USJ students participated in the regional TMTA (Tennessee Math Teachers Association) Math Contest. This competition took place April 10th at Freed Hardeman University. The TMTA award ceremony recognizes the top three students and top three teams. USJ earned first place team in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Calculus.

Algebra I:

First: Lisa Nnaji
Second: Mohid Tanveer
Third: Yaren Dogan
Fourth: Saeed Dardas
Fifth: Amar Boparai
USJ Team: First Place


First: Anika Mahajan
Second: Ethan Schlegel
Third: Elisa Kapunan
Sixth: Evelyn Helms
Eighth: Felix Nnaji
USJ Team: First Place





Algebra II

Second: Michelle Nnaji
Third: Sukhmani Boparai
Fourth: Sarah Sullivan
Seventh: Carson Nicola
Sejal Jinturkar
USJ Team: First Place


Tenth: Chet Ngien
Chinaza Nwokolo
Leanna Salem
John Henry Woods






First: Anjali Mahajan
Second: Eli Garey
Third: Griffin Laird
Fourth: Adam Davis
Sixth: Wesley Hudson
Ninth: Annabelle Reese
USJ Team: First Place