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Middle school students, community invited to annual Academy Showcase

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?

It’s a question we have all faced, or for many of us — old enough to be considered grown up — are still asking.

For eighth-graders at middle schools within the Vicksburg Warren School District, they will have the chance this week to start making those decisions by attending the annual Academy Showcase at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

According to the District, this event is structured to help eighth-grade students choose which high school academy best fits their skills, passions and plans for their life after high school.

“We want every student to be able to choose an exit strategy that best fits their ambitions,” Superintendent of Education Chad Shealy said. “If, after graduation, a student wants to be enrolled in college, employed with meaningful credentials, enlisted in the military or an entrepreneur, we are getting them well-prepared for their future.”

Eighth graders will be able to hear from students from Vicksburg and Warren Central high school about career pathways within the three high school academies; Architecture, Construction, Mechatronics and Engineering (ACME), Communications, Arts and Business (CAB) and Health and Human Services (HHS).

High School students will be highlighting the career pathways they are preparing for as well as the projects they have completed in their respective academies. 

River City Early College High School will also be featured at this event. 

Students from each of the middle schools are scheduled for tours Wednesday and Thursday, while the public is invited to visit the showcase Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.

“We are thrilled to invite our parents and community to the Academy Showcase,” Shealy said. “It is a great way to see the exciting work our students are involved in.”

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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