Four Calhoun County students scored perfect on last year’s state math test – Avery Bullard, Ethan Edmondson, Emily Gaskin and Jatavian Jackson.
Jackson, 10, a fifth grader at Calhoun City Middle School, said he did what his CCES teachers taught him to do going into last year’s test.
“I took my time and focused like my teachers told me and just tried to do my best,” he said.
The son of Alisha and Jamal Jackson, Jatavian said he enjoys math as well as all subjects.
“I like school. It's a challenge and I get to see my friends and hopefully get to go to college one day,” Jackson said.
When asked what he wanted to do in college, Jatavian answered, “I want to play football.”
Avery Bullard, the daughter of Lisa and Doug Bullard, was an eighth grader at CCHS when she scored perfect on last year’s test. She credited her teacher for her success.
“I had a really good teacher in Mrs. Jo Howell,” Avery said. “I was well prepared for it.”
Bullard participates in a little bit of everything including softball, basketball and cheerleading at Calhoun City. Among her classes, she says math remains her favorite.
“Math is my favorite subject because everything has an answer,” she said. “English has exceptions, but math is straight forward.”
Avery said she is undecided on what college to eventually go to or what major she will pursue.
Emily Gaskin, 10, is a fifth grader at Vardaman Elementary School. She said she was excited when she found out she earned a perfect score on the math test, but it wasn’t necessarily a surprise.
“Math is my favorite subject. I think it's just easy to do,” she said.
It comes so easy to Emily, the daughter of Michelle and Keith Gaskin, that she plans to be involved with math all her life.
“I want to go to college and become a math teacher,” she said.
Ethan Edmondson, 12, said he put a lot of studying in to help him score perfect on the state math test.
Now a seventh grader at Vardaman, Ethan said he also wants to continue studying math in college.
“I want to go to Ole Miss and get a degree in mathematics and then go to Mississippi State and try to get into vet school,” Ethan said.
He is the son of Tiffany Fugett and John Scott Edmondson.
All four students are scheduled to be honored at the Oct. 28 meeting of the Calhoun County School Board in Pittsboro.
“The Calhoun County School District is extremely proud of Avery, Jatavian, Ethan and Emily for achieving a perfect score on the Math MCT2. The academic excellence shown through their performance level is no coincidence. These students are exceptional,” said Raven Hawkins, Calhoun Schools Testing Coordinator. “Our school district has other students that were one to two questions away from achieving the same academic performance. We have around 1,200 students who take the MCT2 in May and only four students had perfect scores. We are very fortunate to have so many great schools to ensure that students can reach their maximum academic potential.”