Hayden Hughes and Lori Jones: STAR Student & Teacher

Hayden Hughes has recently been announced as the STAR Student for the 2023-2024 academic year. This prestigious honor, awarded by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) through its Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership among Mississippi students. Alongside this recognition, Hayden has designated Upper School English Instructor and English Department Chair, Lori Jones, as his STAR Teacher.
Established in 1965 by the Mississippi Economic Council, the STAR program aims to acknowledge outstanding students and teachers across the state. Hayden's selection as STAR Student highlights his dedication to academic excellence and his exemplary contributions to the Hartfield Academy community.

Describing Hayden, Mrs. Jones expressed admiration for his multi-talents and compassionate nature. Beyond his impressive academic record, which includes participation in various extracurricular activities such as football, track, and Youth Legislature, Hayden is commended for his genuine concern for others. Mrs. Jones emphasized Hayden's growth over the years, both academically and personally, describing him as an inspiring individual.

In response to being chosen as Hayden's STAR Teacher, Mrs. Jones conveyed her gratitude for the opportunity to make a positive impact on Hayden's life. She credited her journey in education to the Lord’s guidance, acknowledging the privilege of teaching Hayden for three years.

For Hayden, being named STAR Student represents the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. He expressed his joy at having tangible recognition for his efforts throughout high school. When asked about his choice of Mrs. Jones as his STAR Teacher, Hayden highlighted her role as a mentor who significantly influenced his writing skills, which he believes are crucial for his academic success.

Reflecting on his experience at Hartfield Academy, Hayden emphasized the sense of community that has defined his time at the school. He expressed gratitude for the friendships made and the supportive environment by both students and faculty.

Hayden's recognition as STAR Student and his selection of Mrs. Jones as STAR Teacher emphasize the culture of excellence and mentorship that defines Hartfield Academy. Both Hayden and Mrs. Jones serve as exemplary representatives of the school's commitment to academic achievement!
Hartfield Academy is fully accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of independent Schools (SAIS).