The Circle of Excellence announces its second scholarship recipient


The Circle of Excellence (COE) “Emerging Scholar” Award Committee announced its second scholarship recipient at the Jim Hill High School Class Night event.

Gabriel Gardner is the recipient of 2016 COE Schoalrship. Gardner, 17, is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He is a senior International Baccalaureate student and the valedictorian of his senior class at Jim Hill High School.


Gardner participated in the Jim Hill Marching Band of Distinction and the Jim Hill Symphonic Band where he served as the trombone section leader. He also was a member of the National Honor Society and the Jim Hill Homecoming Royal Court where he was voted by his peers as Mr. Senior.

During the JHS Class Night event, Gardner received numerous recognitions that include the Band Director’s Award, the All-City Honor Band Award, the Senior Band Award, the Section Leader Award, the Top Ten Award, the IB Award and the Order of the Tigers Award.

In fall 2016, Gardner will be attending Alcorn State University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in pre-physical therapy. Gardner’s ultimate goal in life is to become a physical therapist for a professional sports team.

Stellar students from the Jim Hill 2011 International Baccalaureate (IB) Class created the award to promote high scholastic achievement and encourage leadership and exceptional community service to the school and the community.

Related information: International Baccalaureate Program

To receive the award, students must be graduating seniors from Jim Hill an apart of the IB program. Students must have maintained at least 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, maintained good standing with the school and demonstrated academic achievement, community involvement and school involvement.

Students must also be enrolled in a four-year institution to receive the scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to students upon evidence of enrollment at a four-year institution of higher learning.

Gardner said he was shocked that he received the scholarship but he is truly thankful for it.

“I am so excited about receiving the scholarship,” Gardner said. “ I know the scholarship will open numerous doors for me as well as others behind me in the future.”

Gardner is also one of 47 IB students who recently took IB examinations.

By receiving the IB Diploma or earning a certain score on IB exams, Gardner will receive college-level credits for specific academic courses in a general college curriculum.

Gardner as well as his IB classmates will find out if they received the IB Diploma in early July.

For more information about the COE Award, email