Student leaders train over break time

The Jackson County Student Leadership teams met the day before (juniors) and the day after (seniors) the semester break. From left are seniors Haley Harrison, Sydney Ardis, Nya Rivera, Kaycie Malcolm, Ashley Xiong, and DeAndre Anderson; seated is Olivia Swinson -- they are working on a leadership task as fellow student Daniel Greene and Andrew McPeak, session leader, look on. — at Jackson EMC.

The Jackson County Student Leadership teams met the day before (juniors) and the day after (seniors) the semester break. From left are seniors Haley Harrison, Sydney Ardis, Nya Rivera, Kaycie Malcolm, Ashley Xiong, and DeAndre Anderson; seated is Olivia Swinson — they are working on a leadership task as fellow student Daniel Greene and Andrew McPeak, session leader, look on.

Members of the Jackson County Student Leadership teams met Dec. 20 and Jan. 3 — while their peers enjoyed the first and last days of semester break — honing their skills and learning more about one another and collaborative leadership. Click here to see more photos on our district Facebook page.

 
The curriculum is provided by Growing Leaders, a global nonprofit organization that encourages and equips young adults to take on real-life opportunities and challenges in the classroom and the community, according to Cheryl Poponi, who coordinates special projects for the Jackson County School system. The students come from both high schools and begin the two-year program as juniors.
 
Senior class members met Jan. 3 at Jackson EMC with Andrew McPeak, a trainer from Growing Leaders, and focused on communicating better. Using the Habitudes curriculum, they covered Windows and Mirrors, House on Fire, Number Three Pencil, and Skinny Chef (you’ll have to ask one of these amazing young people to fill you in).
 
Members from the Class of 2020 include DeAndre Anderson, Sydney Ardis, Montgomery Garland, Emily Giles, Daniel Greene, Grant Hardegree, Haley Harrison, Cassie Jones, Kaycie Malcolm, Haley McMenomy, Brianna Pearson, Noel Plunkett, Nya Rivera, Olivia Swinson, Bryan Umana, Savannah Van Buren, Ashtyn Vickers, Riley Walker, Ashley Xiong, Kevin Yang, and Kylee Zimmer.
 
Members of the Jackson County Student Leadership Team junior class met just before the semester break (on what would have been a holiday) to work on Habitude lessons on leadership.

Members of the Jackson County Student Leadership Team junior class met just before the semester break (on what would have been a holiday) to work on Habitude lessons on leadership.

Members of the junior class met Dec. 20 at the school system’s central office facility and tackled Habitude topics Golden Buddha, Thermostats and Thermometers, and the Starving Baker (again, the students would probably love to share the details!).

 
Members from the Class of 2021 include Kendall Ashe, Charlie Brooksher, Griffin Cobb, Gracen Dutton, Lindsey Fowler, Jackson Fuller, Ayden Griswold, Ebony Hunter, Hayden Hutchison, Jake Johnson, Sheena Lim, Jett Lopez, Camryn Martin, Nate McKinney, Madison Miller, Emily Russell, Jake Stinchcomb, Tyler Vaughn, Lindsay Weinmann, and Kedric Zimmer.
 
The teams meet four times a year with their peer group and weekly with their respective school leadership teams at East Jackson and Jackson County comprehensive high schools.
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