Eight Sol C. Johnson scholars, from Christopher Mays, Latifa Simmons, Demeria Hugue, Moneshia Morant, Alexis King, Cu’Quavia Mitchell, Micheal Walker, and (Columbia Glennding, not present), were awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service throughout this school year. Each received an award from August of 2011 to March 2012.
Each of these students has given numerous hours of their time giving back and making a difference in the community.
“I would have never asked to be rewarded for community service because even though I’m giving back to my community in a way it gives back to me through meeting new people, and understand what it means to help the environment” states Simmons, a senior. The Sol C. Johnson High Jefferson Awards organization honors one student each month with their “Nominate a Shooting Star Student” months.
This is where faculty and staff receive nomination form to recognize a student they feel has been doing outstanding work within their school and community. The students are recognized within their third blocks with a certificate and pin.
“Although all my peers who have made a change and did community service can’t receive this award it is still an honor to let the few that was nominate know that we do appreciate them and all they do in our community and at our school with our organization and on their own. Many believe that “community service” is just a requirement needed to graduate and it’s not fun and it’s boring, but throughout this school year so much of my peers have been receiving information from our “Get More by Giving More” help desk this year. It’s just an honor to award my peers with these awards each month” states Shanteria Hugue, Sol C. Johnson High Jefferson Awards President
These students are members and actively participate in several organizations at their school and in their community such as: DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), FCCLA, Student Leadership Program, and National Honors Society.
Sol C. Johnson High takes this as an honor to acknowledge their students for their hard work and positive impact to the school and community.