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Announcing the 2022 - 2023 JBLA Cohort

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We are pleased to announce that 73 students have been selected for the ASMS Jo Bonner Leadership Academy 2022 - 2023 cohort. They will begin their participation, training, and leadership through JBLA next school year. The selected students and their home counties are listed below. Congratulations students!

About JBLA

The Jo Bonner Leadership Academy (JBLA) will maximize the potential of ASMS students to do the exceptional and to lead with purpose. Through a combination of leadership development and experiential learning, the academy provides opportunities for students to participate in group workshops, team building exercises, skill trainings, breakout sessions, and personal reflection. Students will learn to achieve goals and address challenges through realizing their own leadership impact and working collaboratively on a team. Graduates of the academy will live with character, serve generously, and envision the future for themselves and the world around them.

JBLA was created with a long-term view for our students as well. It will provide our students with a robust leadership experience on their resume for the purposes of college admission. It is also modeled after college-level leadership programs, so our students will have a strong leadership foundation when applying to such programs one day.

History of JBLA

When the legislature created ASMS in 1989, they wanted the school to promote leadership. Leadership is at the very core of the ASMS mission statement. It is our aim to equip students to positively transform their community, state, and nation through their leadership - as current students and as graduates. During their time at ASMS, many of our students become leaders through the positions they hold and the roles they are called to serve in on our campus.

However, is a person a leader simply by holding a position? Is a person prepared to maximize their leadership when given a title or responsibility? Does a person know how to spend their time and energy when entrusted with a leadership role?

The ASMS Jo Bonner Leadership Academy was created to answer all of these questions as our school takes a more intentional approach to student leadership development. Through JBLA, our students learn about exemplary leadership, and when we think about exemplary leadership, we think about our former school board chairman, Jo Bonner. He graciously agreed to let us name the Leadership Academy after him. He served as our key-note speaker at the JBLA retreat in fall of 2020 and fall of 2021.

2022 - 2023 Cohort

Wyatt Aiken Baldwin County
Ugie Alilonu Tuscaloosa County
Jack Bailey Baldwin County
Mary Ellis Barton Baldwin County
Camryn Bedgood Baldwin County
Matheson Bell Houston County
Matt Boucher Baldwin County
Destiny Buchanan Coffee County
Thomas Carmichael Mobile County
Trinity Causey Mobile County
Connie Chieh Mobile County
Noah Clark Mobile County
Jayden Cooper Mobile County
Saku Cui Baldwin County
Alex De Los Santos Gallegos Baldwin County
McKenzie Dimson Monroe County
Dori Do St. Clair County
Ava Dowden Baldwin County
Chloe Dykes Mobile County
Liam Ellison Shelby County
Grace Eyermann Mobile County
Ivy Foster Mobile County
Wesley Franklin Baldwin County
Noah Frost Colbert County
Brea Gaillard Mobile County
Arteisia Gilmore Mobile County
Lylli Gruber Baldwin County
Marcus Hannah Autauga County
Omar Hernandez-Tena Shelby County
Kaylie Hull Elmore County
Dinali Jayasena Mobile County
Brian Jeong Tuscaloosa County
Sara John Lee County
Cora Johnson Mobile County
Tuyako Khristoforova Shelby County
Abby Knight Mobile County
Carly Layfield Talladega County
Albert Le Baldwin County
Alexa Lopez Mobile County
Lucas MacDonald Mobile County
Alaina Marshall Mobile County
JaQuacia McClaney Montgomery County
May Molina-Mejia St. Clair County
Zoi Moon Autauga County
Grace Morin Baldwin County
Lex Mroczko Baldwin County
Chloi Murphy Clarke County
Emily Nguyen Mobile County
Meagan Nix Dallas County
Tayo Osiyoku Mobile County
Kyra Owens Mobile County
Venus Radoslovich Mobile County
Abby Saalwaechter Madison County
Emma Saalwaechter Madison County
Jacob Schneekloth Baldwin County
Jaylen Sellers Dallas County
Retaj Shaalan Mobile County
Ayah Shalan Mobile County
Joe Sherrod Mobile County
Lily Smith Marshall County
Lila Solano Mobile County
Mekhi Stennis Mobile County
Kaeli Stevens Baldwin County
MK Sudduth Winston County
Annie Sudduth Winston County
Baylie Tagudar Mobile County
Julia Taylor Baldwin County
Rita Tran Mobile County
Andreea Trifas Calhoun County
Emma Wahlers Baldwin County
Anna Watson Baldwin County
Allen Wright Elmore County
Marlan Zha Jefferson County
  • May 12, 2022