Outstanding student is given a special award

CHAMPAIGN -- A Central High School student is being honored for his academic achievements.

The school awarded Joshua Jackson for being a leader, both in his grades and his character. He's worked very hard these past four years and it's paid off. Jackson's teachers and mentors say he's an exceptional student. So his school named him the recipient of the Joe Jackson Park "Cycle-Breaker" award. It is dedicated to a student who died four years ago and measures four qualities: determination, sportsmanship, perseverance, and uplifting spirits. Jackson's teachers say, he has it all. But while good grades are very important, much of the award is based on good character.

Jackson says, "I uplift people every day, giving a good ol' hello to someone. I try to cheer them up when they're down or tell them it's going to be ok."

David Fones is his teacher and mentor. He says, "He's a very diligent student. He would come into my classroom after school most days of the week and work hard to get his work done and ask questions. He was just a delightful student to have around."

Jackson is also a member of the national honors society. He was accepted into Parkland. When he graduates, Jackson will be the first in his family to finish college. Math and science are Jackson's passion. He plans to major in computer science engineering. Jackson is part of Parklands "Pathway to Illinois" program. It helps students transfer into U of I after two years.


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