October 24, 2016
As many of you know, Jade Jackson has been courageously fighting brain cancer for the past 3 years and 4 months. She is truly an amazing young lady and is an inspiration to all of us, especially of note, to her dear, and very close cousin, Mary Beth Crosson. As part of the Homecoming Court festivities, candidates were asked what their greatest inspiration in life is. Mary Beth answered very strongly that her cousin, Jade, is her greatest inspiration. The two cousins have grown up together and have been one another's spiritual cheerleader for a number of years.
We at Our Lady of Grace Church, wish to congratulate Jade in being voted Homecoming Queen for 2016 by her school, Avon Park High School, Friday night, October 21! We love you, we are so proud of you, and our prayers are always with you.
Also, a note from a very proud grandmother, Terry Gooch, written the next morning,..
"Good morning, Jade friends and supporters. God gave Jade a very special gift last night, a token of His exceptional love for her. She was voted Homecoming Queen for Avon Park High School.
Jade has worked hard to keep up with her classes, taught only at home; never has had one high school class at the high school in her four years. She has, however, been a part of National Senior Honor Society, and was class vice president her sophomore, junior and senior years. She has stayed as connected as her cancer has permitted. Her senior and some junior classmates remember Jade from Middle School, but the underclassmen have never really known Jade. All the students vote on the queen......this was truly God's doing!
I am including a picture of Jade and one of the King candidates riding around the field before the game, driven by her brother, Ty. Her brother Kyle is one of the football coaches. He drove her in the parade. Her sister, Brooke and brother Ty came home from Orlando for the big night. She was escorted during half time by her dad, Greg. I was stuck in the bleachers guarding purses for mom and aunties when they went to take pictures after the announcement. So, Clay and I got a 'Queenie picture' at our house when she returned. God is good, all the time. Love from all of us, Terry
Please click here to view beautiful photos of that special night.
Pictured in photos below:
Left photo: Jade with parents, Jackie and Greg Jackson
Center photo: Jade with cousin, Mary Beth Crosson
Right photo: Jade with grandparents, Terry and Clay Gooch