In addition to being a devoted husband and amazing father, James E. “JET” Thompson, was a beloved educator and coach at CCHS. As a teacher, Jim was second to none. He valued education and loved the every day act of teaching. He kept all of his students involved and expected their best while supporting them however he could. If things ever became a bit heated in his class, it was not uncommon to see Jim teaching while balancing a golf club or a yard stick on his nose!
To many, he was a mentor who instilled belief in his students through “You can do it!” mindset and encouraged young people to see their own potential while reaching for their goals. This scholarship was created by Jim’s former student and longtime friend, Vince Turner and his wife Pat, who chose to honor the profound, life-changing influence Jim had upon his students. It is also a salute to the integrity of the teaching profession. Many memorial gifts were made in Jim’s honor from a grateful community and added to the scholarship fund.
The James. E. Thompson Scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior from CCHS who intends to pursue a 4-year degree in Education. With a sincere appreciation for the hard work and commitment that goes into being a first generation college student, preference will be given to those students who are carving a new education path for their family.