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Announcing the 2023 - 2024 JBLA Cohort

JBLA 2023 2024
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We are pleased to announce that 91 students have been selected for the ASMS Jo Bonner Leadership Academy 2023 - 2024 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 serves as our key-note speaker at the JBLA retreat each fall.

2023 - 2024 Cohort

Lillian Abernathy Geneva County
Sam Adams Bibb County
Wyatt Aiken Baldwin County
Ugie Alilonu Tuscaloosa County
Nick Barushka Calhoun County
Camryn Bedgood Baldwin County
Devin Booth Mobile County
Ian Bouchillon Morgan County
Ella Brochu Mobile County
Mia Brown Baldwin County
Houston Brown Elmore County
Maurgen Byrne Mobile County
Thomas Carmichael Mobile County
Allie Coker Conecuh County
Reagan Constantine Mobile County
Jayden Cooper Mobile County
Saku Cui Baldwin County
Alex De Los Santos Gallegos Baldwin County
Zac Desmond Baldwin County
Peyton Dimson Monroe County
Dori Do St. Clair County
Ama're Dunning Wilcox County
Chloe Dykes Mobile County
Bake Elenitoba-Johnson Lee County
Grace Eyermann Mobile County
Leah Grace Feirman Mobile County
Ivy Foster Mobile County
Brea Gaillard Mobile County
Kimberly Gregson Mobile County
Lylli Gruber Baldwin County
Yun Ha Lee County
Omar Hernandez-Tena Shelby County
Sarah Hoke Mobile County
Brantley Howard Baldwin County
Brandon Hunt Mobile County
Emma Hunter Morgan County
Emily Imperato Baldwin County
Fatima Imran Mobile County
Brian Jeong Tuscaloosa County
Sara John Lee County
Cora Johnson Mobile County
Rachel Jordan Mobile County
Naria Khristoforova Shelby County
Jeeah Kim Autauga County
Narae Kim Mobile County
Z King Tuscaloosa County
Lia Kling Lee County
Abby Knight Mobile County
Carly Layfield Talladega County
Haylie Ledding Blount County
Conan Lin Morgan County
Nathan Lind Mobile County
Pariz Lumpkin Dallas County
Spencer Maples Tuscaloosa County
Christina Maples Mobile County
Chaselyn Martin Dallas County
JaQuacia McClaney Montgomery
Olivia McDonald Baldwin County
Lex Mroczko Baldwin County
Tyler Mullen Mobile County
Dylan Mundy Calhoun County
Kyra Owens Mobile County
Serika Patel Houston County
Esha Patel Butler County
Trinity Payne Lawrence County
Abigail Richardson Madison County
Zamaria Richardson Marengo County
Paul Rogers Morgan County
Jack Rowland Mobile County
Emma Saalwaechter Madison County
Julia Schwartz Madison County
Katie Segars Houston County
Retaj Shaalan Mobile County
Ayah Shalan Mobile County
Joe Sherrod Mobile County
Jordan Simmons Mobile County
Katie Beth Smith Franklin County
Lila Solano Mobile County
Lindsey Stallworth Monroe County
Mekhi Stennis Mobile County
Julia Taylor Baldwin County
Andreea Trifas Calhoun County
Eli Walch Baldwin County
Watson Watson Baldwin County
Antonio Webb Jr. Clarke County
Novita Whillock Mobile County
Mary Whittington Choctaw County
Caroline Wiggins Baldwin County
Jenna Wood Elmore County
Sarah Woodford Mobile County
Makayla Woods Clarke County
Allen Wright Elmore County
  • May 23, 2023