Teen Spotlight: Jeffery Ford
18, Senior at Saint James School
- The Bob McGaughey Servant Leader Award Recipient
- The Chandler Service Award Recipient
- The Yale Book Award Recipient
- SGA Vice President
“You can do anything you put your mind to.”
Jeffery Ford shared his favorite thing about attending Saint James School is being able to see his friends and teachers, and also having the ability to be a part of so many activities that Saint James has to offer. Jeffery is very involved. He is a member of the SGA, Government Club, Student Ambassador Program, and the Peer Leader Program at STJ, as well as participating on the baseball and football teams. Jeffery is involved in various outside extracurriculars in the community through the YMCA. His biggest influencers are his parents, he noted, “They have shown me the true meaning of ‘you can do anything you put your mind to.’” When asked to share something that most people don’t know about him, Jeffery answered, “Most people don’t know that I have a big passion for Government and Law.” He wants to be remembered as someone who carried himself with poise and diligence.
Jeffery wants to be a Criminal Justice Lawyer. He shared that his participation in the YMCA Government Programs, such as The Youth Judicial, Youth Legislature, Youth in the City, and YMCA Man of the Year committee have sparked his interest in criminal law.
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Jeffery expressed that the endless amount of love and support he receives from his family makes him proud.
His parents expressed, “We admire the energy and time he gives to others. Jeffery has a caring and serving spirit. He loves helping others. Jeffery’s ability to make people smile and the way others gravitate to him makes him unique. He lights up the room with his smile and sense of humor.”
Dr. Jeffery and Cheryl Ford had this advice for other parents, “Children will have failures and achievements, but knowing that you are their number one supporter and loving them consistently will allow them to overcome obstacles and welcome all of their achievements. Always try to be honest. Jeffery is a representation of us, but we are also a representation of him.“