Great honor for student, high school

Logan C. Jackson
Logan C. Jackson

Congratulations to Logan C. Jackson, a Bryan Station High School valedictorian and newly named Rhodes Scholar, who at a young age is challenging stubborn old barriers.

Jackson, 22, one of 32 Rhodes scholars chosen from 869 applicants, told the Herald-Leader’s Linda Blackford that she is interested in increasing diversity in the traditionally white male domains of science, technology, engineering and math. She’s president of Northeastern University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and also plays viola in the Boston university’s symphony orchestra.

The daughter of Tonya and Jamie Jackson of Lexington, Jackson described herself as “surprised ... happy ... excited” by Sunday’s announcement. But Bryan Station counselor Ann Hurt was not surprised that Jackson earned the prestigious honor. “She was so motivated, she was an outstanding student, she took all really top-notch classes,” Hurt said. “She was a good example to her classmates. The one thing I do want to say is that I am not surprised.”

At Northeastern, Jackson has focused on structural engineering and as an undergraduate research assistant helped develop a fiber-optic sensor to detect potential building collapses. She’s done co-op placements at leading construction firms and interned with Intel in Oregon, working on lean manufacturing techniques.

As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England, she plans to pursue two master’s degrees, one in evidence-based social intervention and policy and one in education.

While it’s always exciting when a Kentuckian wins a Rhodes, it’s especially satisfying that Jackson came through Bryan Station, where she and her twin sister, Cameron, shared valedictorian honors with a third student. Jackson was part of the Spanish immersion program.

As Bryan Station students will attest, the school often gets a bad rap, based on social conditions that students and teachers can’t control. Jackson’s achievements show that Bryan Station graduates can compete with the best.