IMPACTO Signing Day Luncheon 

Juniors and Seniors at New Albany High School (NAHS) are being provided opportunities that have the potential to open doors for their future careers.  Since 2018, NAHS has worked to create summer programs for students interested in pursuing summer internships.

On Friday, March 31, these students were recognized and formally signed certificates to participate in a summer internship program.  The Internship Signing Day and Luncheon was held at Hillcrest Baptist Church.

“One of the goals of our strategic plan is to prepare all students to be college and career ready,” explained Superintendent Dr. Lance Evans.  “We continue to partner with business and industry, as well as college representatives to insure we are preparing all for success.”    Evans explained that these internship initiatives include students who wish to go directly into the workforce or pursue different levels of education after high school.

Thirty-seven students are participating in the IMPACTO program.  IMPACTO (Industry as a Means to Prepare for Academic, Career, & Technology Opportunities) was developed by the New Albany School District in 2018 in collaboration with local businesses and industries, local colleges, and several funding partners.

Students in this program completed a Career Readiness class during the 2022-2023 school year and participated in soft skills and career exploration activities. Many of the students completed dual credit college classes and are working toward national certifications, as well as WorkKeys certification. Skills and concepts learned in their Career Readiness/IMPACTO class will prepare them for a 100-hour summer internship.

Students participating in this program, along with their internship partners include:

Eva Aldridge, J Morris Realty

Tyrenzia Bowling, Illume Academy

Carter Brown, New Albany Police Department

Karlee Churchill, Kountry Kids

Reece Cobb, Butler’s Fish & Steak

Christopher Garcia, Pam Brown Insurance

Josh Germany, New Albany Light, Gas, & Water

Marley Jackson, Elite Physical Therapy

Dylan Jackson, McCarty Architects

Jack Keener, BNA Bank

Gina Grace Lesley, King Therapies

Chance Littlejohn, Shorter Productions

Maria Lopez, North Mississippi Primary Health Care

Caleb Montes, Van Atkins Jewelers

Addi Owen, Union County Circuit Clerk

Zoe Palmer, Peyton Neal Photography/New Albany Vision Clinic

Emmy Perkins, Perkins Dental

Ashton Presley, BNA Bank Park

Emma Roaton, KC’s School of Hair Design

Isabelle Robbins, Blue Springs Safari

Will Speck, Pugh Tackle

Reed Taylor, Barnes Racing Engines

Joseph Treadaway, Hillcrest Baptist Church

Zoie White, Russell & McClinton

Carter Ladner, Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery

Brayden Langley, Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery

Ethan Conlee, Rachel Ray Real Estate

Kelany Fields, Rachel Ray Real Estate/Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County

Josie Campbell, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County

Sylvia Chen, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County

Logan Lee Robertson, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County

Sam Derrick, Creekmore Clinic

Will Thomas, Creekmore Clinic

Julianna Scott, Creekmore Clinic/New Albany Animal Clinic

Katie Dallas, Red Med Pontotoc/New Albany Animal Clinic

Cooper Dodds, Crossroads Rehabilitation/Athletico

Addison Mayo, Crossroads Rehabilitation/Athletico


“It has been exciting to prepare these students for the internship process and to connect them to local businesses and industries where they can pursue additional training in their career choices,” said Beth Benson, Workforce Development Coordinator.  “We are so appreciative of these partners who believe in our vision and are hosting these student interns this summer.”

IMPACTO is sponsored and supported by Toyota Wellspring Education Fund, CREATE, Three Rivers Planning and Development District, Mississippi Partnership, and the New Albany School District.