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NJHS Dynamic Duo Raising The Bar

NJHS Dynamic Duo Raising The Bar
 
Whether you are watching a basketball game or at the softball field, if you follow the Lady Chiefs #22 and #45 need no introduction. These seniors are setting the bar high when it comes to hard work, dedication, and a desire to excel. This work ethic has paid off for them as each of them recently signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers.
 
Amber Atkins will continue her softball career at Cleveland State Community College. This spring will be her fifth season with the Lady Chiefs and she will once again be behind the plate playing catcher. She has also proven herself a force to contend with when she steps up to the plate to bat. 
 
Josie Thompson will play this fall for Wallace State Community College. This ace-picture thrives on on pressure situations and feeds off the energy from the fans. This will be her sixth season on the mound for the Lady Chiefs. She describes herself as a role-model and says wanting be be a strong example for young athletes to look up to is very important to her.
 
Both of these ladies hope to lead the Lady Chiefs to a 4A State Championship in softball this spring. They played in Montgomery last year and say that experience has been invaluable in preparing for a return trip. 
 
BUT FIRST...they will take the floor as Area Champions in a sub-region match up to earn a chance to help their basketball team punch a trip to the NE Regional tournament at Jacksonville State.
 
Not only are these ladies outstanding athletes, they also lead and excel in the classroom. Both of them have already taken college coursework through dual-enrollment, Beta Club members, and recognized during academic excellence. Amber is involved in SGA and Josie was recently named Miss NJHS.
 
Unsatisfied...driven...dedicated...determined...These seniors are leaving their mark at North Jackson and plan on leaving some blue hardware too.
 
Photo:  Josie Thompson and Amber Atkins pose with Softball coach Kevin Thompson and NJHS Administration Rob Paradise and Josh Harding.
 
Josie Thompson and Amber Atkins