West Ashley valedictorian Marcus Jackson wants to be a teacher

West Ashley valedictorian Marcus Jackson wants to be a teacher
June 12 15:24 2019 Print This Article

West Ashley High School (WAHS) valedictorian Marcus Jackson has a rare career goal among valedictorians – he plans to return to the community as a history teacher. Jackson, who never received a grade below A after third grade, is the son of Clorette McCollough-Jackson and the late Reverend Carlton Jackson. He completed a rigorous course load packed with Advanced Placement and Honors courses to finish at the top of the WAHS graduating class of 364 students. Principal Lee Runyon describes Jackson as “the LeBron James of the classroom.”

Jackson has earned a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina, where he plans to major in history and then pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching. He took every social studies class offered at WAHS and praises his teachers for inspiring him. Jackson’s goal for his future profession is “to make history fun and inspire my students to have a love of learning.”

In addition to being the class valedictorian, the WAHS scholar also has the distinction of having a perfect attendance record throughout his school years, joined by classmate Davonte Capers to have that distinction. In addition to excelling in every academic endeavor, Jackson volunteered at the Lowcountry Food Bank. Runyon said of his valedictorian, “He is so well loved that he is considered a rock star here at West Ashley High School.”

Photo courtesy of Charleston County School District

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