WEST CHESTER, PA — This spring, over 1000 teenagers from all over the East Coast gathered together for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic for the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 72nd Annual Eastern Region Teen Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Out of the 59 chapters in attendance, the Chester County Chapter, which includes families from Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, took home three individual academic awards. While many school districts were represented at the Conference, these three awards recognized the academic efforts of West Chester Area School District (WCASD) students.
West Chester East student, Jefferson Cooper, received the 2nd place award in the 11th grade category, West Chester East student, Jada Cooper, received the 1st place award in the 9th grade category, and Henderson student, Morgan Jackson, received the 3rd place award in the 10th grade category. To be considered for the award, the students and their families worked with the guidance counselors at each high school to submit transcripts, school profiles, and additional documentation.
“We are so grateful to have such a supportive team working to make sure our children are prepared to take advantage of every opportunity and who want the best for them just like we do,” said Elise Cooper, mother of Jefferson and Jada Cooper. “These awards are about so much more than just which students have the best grades, they are all exceptional students, they also take into account how rigorous the students’ programs and courses and the type of learning experiences they are able to explore,” she added.
All three students were honored at the Conference, and their mothers, have been active members of the Chester County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. since they were in preschool. Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a national organization dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development. Both the students involved in the organization and their parents take ownership of the activities and experiences offered at the Chapter and Regional levels.
“Participation in Jack and Jill of America isn’t about checking a box,” said Priscilla Jackson, mother of Morgan Jackson. “It becomes a part of who our children are and leaves a lasting impression throughout their lives, they have responsibilities and they take their role as a leader in the organization and the community very seriously.”
As one of the oldest leadership and service-focused African American-run organizations with its founding in 1938, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. provides a significant support system and opportunity for young African Americans to make connections that last a lifetime. “At the Teen Conference, and many other events, you truly feel the confidence that the young men and women gain when seeing each other succeed and how hard they work to build each other up,” said Mrs. Cooper.
“We are so proud of Jefferson, Jada, Morgan, and all of the other teens that participate in Jack and Jill of America,” said Mrs. Jackson. “They are learning how to pursue their own unique paths and goals, and how to do so with service to others at the center of it.”
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