JMPS Alumni Dispatch

January 20, 2022 - Issue III

Who's in this issue? 

Jordan (Steven) Arbas (Class of 2018) sprints forward after Quinn Lathrop (Class of 2020) passes him the baton in a Track & Field relay. 
  • Dr. Quigley & Ms. Bruner discuss Mars
  • Alumnus profile: Jordan (Steven) Arbas (Class of 2018)
  • Kudos & Congratulations: Karina Bell (Class of 2020)
  • "Guess that alma mater" with Mr. B.
  • Latest issues of The Federalist

Eight Minutes on Mars with Dr. Quigley & Ms. Bruner

Dr. Quigley and Ms. Bruner discuss Mars rovers, weather, future Martian colonies, the question of life on Mars, and why it's surprising that the red planet is even red.
In the "Extended Cut" version, they talk more about Mars rovers, massive geological features, and how likely we are to find life on Mars--plus Dr. Quigley's cat makes a brief appearance.

Do you have questions for Dr. Quigley and Ms. Bruner or for other teachers? Submit them here to help decide the next "Free Topic Friday" video.

The Federalist

JMPS celebrates freedom of the press. You can read the latest issue of the JMPS student newspaper here: November/December 2021

Tax Credit Reminder

Make a tax credit donation to JMPS for 2021, and you'll receive a dollar-for-dollar refund on your Arizona state income tax return. You can also receive a JMPS T-shirt as a thank-you.

JMPS has been going strong for 20 years...Your tax credit donation today can help keep JMPS going strong at this difficult time and into the future.

Email your donation receipt to to claim your T-shirt.
Alumnus profile: Jordan (Steven) Arbas
Fueled by grit and academic & football scholarships, ‘18 JMPS alumnus excels at Missouri’s Culver-Stockton College

During his six years at James Madison Preparatory School, Jordan (Steven) Arbas (Class of 2018) played football, baseball, and basketball, as well as major roles in school musicals, such as Billy in 42nd Street. At  the end of his six years, he was skilled enough to pursue any of these extracurriculars at the college level.

He chose football.

“It’s the most physically demanding, one of the hardest [sports] to play. It’s gritty,” he says. Still, he doesn’t love football more than other sports. He chose it because “not a lot of people wanted me to do football. They pointed out my options [basketball, baseball, theater]. I wanted to prove that I could make it in football.”

Jordan’s original plan was to join Arizona State University’s football team during his freshman year, but when ASU canceled walk-on tryouts, he had to find a different route to collegiate football.
 Read the full story here.

JMPS Holiday Decorations: Past & Present
The great JMPS tradition of the holiday decorating contest, which has evolved into a Whosian festival of sometimes-epic proportions, continues even during pandemic times.
Clockwise from top left: Happy Feet Christmas, Hogwarts Christmas, Paris in December, and Haunted Holidays.
Congratulations, Karina!

Karina Bell (Class of 2020) graduated from Cosmetology School at Avalon on December 17, 2021. As she graduates, Karina feels grateful to her parents and her JMPS family. Her experience at JMPS "gave me enough confidence to go into cosmetology," and her middle and high school teachers "definitely set the bar high for anyone who had to teach me next!" Karina's goal for the future is to have her own salon specializing in natural hair.

To book an appointment with Karina, contact her on Instagram at 
Guess That Alma Mater

Can you guess the colleges below and the alumni who attended them?**
Send Mr. B. or another JMPS teacher your college swag and they might model it here.

JMPS Alumni Association Logo

The JMPS Alumni Association is looking for a new logo. If you'd like to have your design considered, submit it to in JPG or PNG format by March 1.

**"Guess That Alma Mater" answers: 
LeTourneau University: Olivia Bruner (JMPS Class of 2012)
Pepperdine University in Malibu, California: Kelsey Carleton (JMPS Class of 2021), Karissa Huckeba (JMPS Class of 2021), and Annika Huckeba (JMPS Class of 2020)
Knox College: Jake Eggen (JMPS Class of 2020)
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