James Clemens High School

Jun 28, 2022 by Anita Reid

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Madison City Schools

Principal, Dr. Brian Clayton

Superintendent, Dr. Ed Nichols

Utilizing curriculum from the National Student Council’s Distinguished Student Leadership Program, the Jet Student Leadership at James Clemens High School, shifted the mindset from students as followers to students as leaders. Students in the program worked to complete a rigorous skill and knowledge-based curriculum. The leadership units focused on skills students could apply to multiple facets of their lives. Students demonstrated knowledge of these units through a portfolio which guided them to transfer knowledge into action. An integral component of the curriculum focused on leadership and service opportunities. Simon Sineck said, “Leadership is about empowering others to achieve things they did not think possible.” During the 2020-2021 school year, the Jet Student Leadership did just that. Since the program's inception in 2018, the Jet Student Leadership has partnered with Make-a-Wish through Kids-for-Wish-Kids. Despite limitations this year, the Jet Student Leadership was able to fully sponsor a child’s wish in 2020 by gifting a Goldendoodle puppy and pet supplies for a local 6-year-old girl. Throughout the life of the program, over 70 Distinguished Student Leadership recipients have cultivated leadership characteristics that continually manifest in ventures beyond the walls of the school. The Jet Student Leadership provided a platform for students to establish a legacy of excellence and foundation to propel them into the future.