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Our 2022 Grads: How'd They Do?

Graduation ceremonies are over once again for Madison City Schools. The 2022 Class finished strong and is destined for promising futures.
At 985 graduates (534 from James Clemens and 451 from Bob Jones) this was the largest senior class ever from Madison City Schools.

Group pic of graduates from James Clemens High School tossing hats in air

In just 24 years, Madison’s senior class grew from 333 in 1998-99 to almost 1,000 this year.

Some 60 percent (592) were offered $61 million in scholarships. Approximately $23.5 million-worth of scholarships had been accepted near the end of the school year so far - an average of nearly $40,000.

An impressive 19 percent scored a 30 or higher on their ACT.

Madison City Schools produced 37 National Merit Finalists (split almost evenly between JC and BJ), a U.S. Presidential Scholar from JC and Presidential Scholar semifinalist at BJ, eight Military Academy recipients, and both schools racked up countless awards in academics, athletics and the arts.

Students in Bob Jones caps and gowns in procession

Surveys by each high school indicate 64 percent of the graduating seniors will embark to a four-year university and 17.6 percent to a two-year college. Some will enter the military (3.2 percent) and some will go directly into the workforce or take a gap year (10.4 percent) - hopefully aided by one of the outstanding career tech academies at MCS like the new welding program and others.
The 4.4 percent who are undecided will no doubt find their purpose and pursue it. 

While many of the workforce and college bound graduates will stay in-state, others are fanning out to universities across the country and globe.

James Clemens reports acceptance to 81 colleges across 28 states. Bob Jones has students enrolling in 74 colleges across 25 states.

Order information for DVDs of each graduation ceremony: is as follows:

Bob Jones:
James Clemens:

Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols and Principal Brian Clayton leading James Clemens processional

Bob Jones student in cap and gown waving into audience

students from James Clemens in caps and gowns in lineup

wide angle pic of bj graduates on floor

Board of education members on floor before James CLemens graduation

valedictorian for James Clemens on arena monitor


student from Bob Jones getting diploma

BOE member Greg Hulsey with daughter in cap and gown


bob jones faculty marching in arena

james clemens student walking across stage for diploma with students in background


boe members with city council and dr. nichols

james clemens students in caps and gowns outside

Students at attention in Bob Jones High School caps and gowns