I always told myself that regardless of what school I go to, I will make sure that I get a scholarship for it, instead of walking on. I had many other options for schools, but this school was the better one that fit my self-requirements." Jewel Jones, Class of 2021
Jewel Jones began playing basketball in the fourth grade and has loved the game ever since. Now, she will continue competing with the LSU of Alexandria Generals next year. “I know that LSUA is the right school for me because of the benefits it gives me and a scholarship to play basketball,” says Jewel. Jewel was a member of the Knights basketball team that made back-to-back semifinal appearances in the state playoffs. She’ll keep that competitive edge going into next year with the Generals, who made it to the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament championship game this season.
Now that Jewel’s dream has been realized, she offers the following advice to students with a similar goal. “The advice I would give to other students would be to simply go for your dreams,” she says. “Set your standards high and go after them. Don’t look back and keep on striving. Even when it gets hard, push harder because at the end of the day, it will be all worth it in the end.”
Episcopal head basketball coach Taylor Wharton is excited to see Jewel enter the next chapter of her academic and athletic career. “Jewel is hard working, humble, and committed to excellence in the classroom and on the court,” says Coach Wharton. “We are proud of how well Jewel has represented our girls basketball program and athletic department at Episcopal. She will have a great future ahead at LSUA and beyond. Congratulations to Jewel and her family on this achievement!”
At LSUA, Jewel plans to study criminal justice to eventually become a lawyer.
Please join us in congratulating Jewel on this exciting new chapter!
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