Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

Meet Our STJ Student Ambassadors

Our Saint James School Ambassadors are a highly motivated and energetic group of outstanding high school students who serve as school representatives and liaisons to enrolled and prospective families. 

Our Student Ambassadors enjoy meeting new people while serving in their leadership role on campus. The Ambassadors work with the STJ administration, faculty, and students promoting our mission, programs, and activities. These exceptional students have a strong work ethic, natural leadership abilities, and serve as role models to our prospective students.

Since the program began, our Ambassadors have played a vital role in welcoming new families to Saint James School. If you have a question for our Ambassadors, you can contact them at studentambassadors@stjweb.org

  • Jack Branham

    My name is Jack Branham and I am a junior at Saint James. I transferred to Saint James in the sixth grade and I have loved every second I have spent here. Aside from being a student ambassador, I have participated in several activities including football, wrestling, speech and debate, concert band, jazz band, and marching band. These programs have shaped me into a better person, leader, and team member. One thing that all these activities and the school in general have in common is a sense of family. We all know each other here at Saint James. When I joined marching band in seventh grade, I had the opportunity to make friends with upperclassmen, and now as an upperclassmen myself I am befriending new seventh graders. The band has also helped me develop leadership skills. This year I am band captain, brass principle, and first chair low brass in our band. These positions have allowed me to learn how to become a better leader. The band has also allowed me to hone my talents in the art of tuba playing. However, extracurriculars are not the only place that Saint James has shaped me. The classroom is another area that has influenced me in my life. Saint James offers a wide variety of intense academic rigor that pushes all students at Saint James. Saint James’ academics truly prepare everyone for the college experience and  allows us to excel in a number of honor societies. I am a member of the Tri-M Honor Society, the National Honor Society, the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, and the NJCL Latin Honor Society. I am not sure where I want to go to college yet, but I plan to double major in music performance and chemical engineering. A few other majors I am interested in are music education, mathematics, and other engineering areas. After undergraduate, I plan to get my doctorate in musical arts. The opportunities that I get at this school will certainly allow me to achieve not only in college but also in my career after.

  • Seanna Brooks

    I’m Seanna Brooks, a current junior at Saint James. I started attending in K-3, however my parents got a job offer and we moved to Birmingham for a while. As soon as I came back in fourth grade I felt right at home. It was amazing to see so many familiar and welcoming faces that remembered me. That is one thing Saint James does a great job: making everyone feel part of a family. Although I’m an only child, family is a huge part of my life. That is why I feel it so important to have a welcoming atmosphere at school. Saint James definitely provides this, which allows students to excel in various school interests. For me, I’ve really started to buy into the college preparation aspect of our school, with the rigorous academics and competitive athletics I’ve definitely found myself here at Saint James. Over the years I have participated in several programs run through the YMCA, including youth judicial and youth legislature. I’ve also played basketball since the seventh grade and have loved every second of it. In fact, this past year I had the amazing opportunity to play in the final four in Birmingham. My teachers and coaches have played a huge part in helping me to succeed, whether it be on or off the court and I can not thank them enough for the encouragement. One thing that I value most about being apart of the Saint James family is that everyone here inspires us to be well rounded individuals. There is just such a wide spectrum of things to take part in at Saint James. The path you take is up to you!

  • Lacy Brown

    My name is Lacy Brown and I am currently a senior at Saint James. I have been attending Saint James for six years. I can easily say that transferring to Saint James was one of the biggest blessings I have received. The faculty and students were so welcoming I felt at home almost immediately! Saint James is truly a home away from home to all of us. Saint James offers courses that challenge us to be our best and encourage us to strive for our goals. My sister is an alum of Saint James who now attends the University of Alabama and her college experience has been an easy transition due to the academics at Saint James. I am involved in just a few of extracurriculars STJ has to offer. I am the president of our Pep Club, in Spanish club and also in Government Club. This year I am also on the Varsity volleyball team, and in the National Honor Society. Saint James has a niche for everybody. I know I will be prepared for college and my life afterwards due to the academics and extracurriculars Saint James has offered me through my years here!

  • Lucy Edwards

    My name is Lucy Edwards and I am currently a junior at Saint James School. I transferred to Saint James iin the sixth grade and it was the easiest transition to a new school! I was very nervous, but was welcomed by the student and the teachers with open arms. Both my brothers and my parents graduated from Saint James, so we consider the school as part of our family. At Saint James, there are so many options for extracurricular activities.  I am involved in many such as volleyball, basketball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Pep Club, Student Y Government club, and so many more. These clubs and activities have helped me meet such a wide variety of friends and grow in so many relationships. I have also grown as a leader through serving as Vice President for the junior class and through SGA. Not only does Saint James offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities, but the challenging courses prepare me for when I go off to college. Last spring, I was inducted into the National Honor Society along with a number of my fellow classmates. After I graduate, I plan on attending The University of Alabama, and I know Saint James will prepare me well for that next chapter in my life. I am proud to say that I am a Saint James Trojan and I can’t wait to see what’s in store this year!

  • Zack Farmer

    My name is Zack Farmer and I am a senior at Saint James School. I enrolled at Saint James in kindergarten, so I have spent many wonderful years receiving an outstanding education. I have two older brothers who also attended and graduated from Saint James and they are both now Auburn University Alumni. One of my first childhood memories of Saint James is picking up my older brothers from elementary school and looking forward to the day I could join them. As a Saint James Student Ambassador, I look forward to sharing my love of our school with prospective students and their families. I enjoy telling families about the wide variety of activities and curriculums for students of various interests and I also enjoy sharing stories about our faculty because they play such an important role in helping to ensure each student can find their own path and interests. I am a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society,  as well as the current senior class president. I am also a certified multi-engine private pilot. The focus that Saint James places on academics has helped me prepare for a future in aviation.

  • Lizzy Headley

    My name is Lizzy Headley and I am currently a senior at Saint James School. I became a student here in the first grade and have loved every moment since! My parents fell in love with the school as soon as they toured. So much, that they enrolled my little sister a few years later and my mom took up a job teaching Pre-K3! I am very proud to be a Saint James student and of the wide variety of opportunities the school has to offer. I have enjoyed being a part in many of the school’s excellent programs such as cross country, tennis, Youth Judicial, Interact  Club, Government Club, Interpersonal Relations Youth Leadership (IPRYL) and Visual Art. I can’t wait to share my experiences in all of these activities with curious prospective students. Saint James is known for its rigorous academic program, so I am very proud to have been inducted into National Honor Society sophomore year. I would not have had most of the opportunities that I have today without the encouragement and love from my Saint James family! The faculty and students have pushed me to do my best while still managing to make me feel important and cared for. This love and strong sense of community is what I am most thankful for in my school, and was the inspiration for me to be a part of the Student Ambassador Program. Next year, I hope to major in biology or psychology and pursue a career in pediatric occupational therapy. Although I do not know for sure which university I will attend, I am confident that no matter where I go, I will be prepared and ready to succeed!

  • Trinity Hunter

    My name is Trinity Hunter and I am currently a senior at Saint James. This will be my ninth year attending Saint James School and I can confidently say that every year gets better than the last. Since the beginning of my time at Saint James, I have been exposed to different clubs, interests, and experiences. As I enter in to my final year, I will have experienced math club, Robotics, Spanish club, and book club. However, out of all of these, it is truly Government club that has my heart. Through Government club, my experience in public speaking, ability to connect with people, and love of the government have all grown. It has given me the opportunity to meet people from not only around the state, but also the country. This year I will be serving as Youth Secretary of State and Youth Mayor in the Alabama Youth in Government program. None of this would have been possible without Saint James first offering the possibility. Not only does Saint James offer a variety of clubs, there are also numerous opportunities to be a part of nationally recognized societies. I am a proud member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and will also be receiving an Honors Diploma in May. Saint James is truly a place of opportunity and new experiences. It has changed my life for the better and I am eternally grateful for it.

  • Nayoon Kang

    My name is Nayoon Kang and I am a Junior at Saint James. I came to Saint James when I was in 4th grade from Korea. At that time, I was trying hard to become accustomed to the culture, language, and everyday interactions. I was excited and nervous to adapt to the new environment, but my teachers and my friends helped me overcome my fears. Now I feel so privileged to be educated at this wonderful school. My parents chose Saint James School because the teachers were very qualified, the campus was warm and welcoming, and compared to other schools, Saint James had the best variety of extracurricular activities. During my years at Saint James, I’ve had an opportunity to get involved in many activities. When I was in 8th grade, I joined winter guard and it is one of the memories that I cannot forget. My team members were very nice, and they always helped me. I am currently in Saint James golf team and played golf since middle school. I have taken art classes every year which helped me to bring out my creativity skills. In 10th grade I founded the International Club at Saint James. I made this club for two reasons: I wanted to help international students and parents transition to American culture and to Saint James, and I thought about what I can do for Saint James to benefit many people. Being in the Student Government Organization has also helped me meet diverse people and Saint James programs. I had an opportunity to help with pizza sales, fall festival, community day, and senior walk through SGA. I love going to math competitions, BEST robotics, VEX robotics, and science olympiad. By participating in competitions, I could challenge myself and figure out what part to work hard. I am also in several honor societies which include: Mu Alpha Theta, Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Latin Honor Society. I love how Saint James has many activities for each person. After I graduate from Saint James, I plan to help people who needs my help like social worker or special education teacher. The opportunities in Saint James will help me achieve my goal.

  • Madeline Murray

    My name is Madeline Murray and I am a senior at Saint James School. I am proud to say that my mother and her two sisters are Saint James graduates. My grandmother has served as the learning specialist for twenty-three years, and my little brother is a freshman. I guess you could say Saint James is in our blood! Additionally, participating in choir, cabaret, and the fall and spring plays all served to help me step out of my comfort zone and gain self-confidence. Although I transferred to Saint James during my eighth grade year, the immediate love and support I received from my Saint James "family" made me feel that I've always been here! After I graduate I would like to go to college and study early elementary education, so I can one day be a kindergarten teacher. As well as being an Ambassador, I am involved in the Peer Leadership program at Saint James. We get to work with the freshmen and help them get acclimated with high school. I cannot wait to spend my last year at Saint James welcoming new students into our wonderful family. Go Trojans!!

  • Trevor Otis

    My name is Trevor Otis and I am a Junior at Saint James. My sister is an alumna of the school and my mom works in the technology department. I came to Saint James in the ninth grade, and the ease of transition coming as a new student is a large part of why I am passionate about the school. In addition to being a student ambassador, I have taken advantage of the many incredible opportunities that the school offers outside of the classroom, opportunities I look forward to sharing with others as a student ambassador. I am a member of the Saint James marching band, playing tenor drums in the drum line. I have also been elected band president by my peers. Being part of the band has been an invaluable part of my time at Saint James. It has not only improved my musical ability, but it has also taught me discipline and leadership. In addition, I am a member of the school’s speech and debate team, where I compete in both public forum debate and extemporaneous speaking. As a member of the team, I qualified to represent the state and compete with the best in the nation at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. I serve as the team president, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to not only compete at a high level, but also to grow as a person, and to find my voice. I also compete in various math competitions, as a member of one of the strongest math programs in the state. I am also a member of the National Honor Society, The National French Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. My goal is to attend Rice University in Houston, Texas, and I am certain that the rigorous academics offered at this school have set me up to succeed long after I graduate.

  • Sarah Rice

    My name is Sarah Rice, and I am a junior at Saint James School. I came to Saint James in second grade when my family moved here from Texas. I immediately felt so welcomed by the students and teachers. Everyone was so friendly, and I really felt included. My parents chose Saint James because they liked how diverse the school was. Also, they loved the family atmosphere that Saint James has and thought it was a great place for me and my siblings to go to school. While I’ve been a student here, I have gotten involved with many things. I am currently a cheerleader on the varsity team and was also a cheerleader in middle school. In the past, I was in the band as a part of the color guard for a few years, which was a great experience. Some of the extracurricular activities I have been in include: key club, interact club,  film club, the IPRYL program, and tennis. As a sophomore, I was selected by my teachers to have the opportunity to attend the Capstone Leadership Academy at the University of Alabama. I am in various honor societies which include: Latin Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Honor Society. I have also been on the homecoming court for my freshmen, sophomore, and junior year which has been such a fun opportunity. I love how Saint James has so many opportunities for many different people. They have such a great variety of things to participate in such as academic teams, arts, and athletics. Saint James has such a welcoming environment and is like a second home to me. After I graduate Saint James, I plan to attend go to college and major in Pre-Med. I feel that Saint James has definitely prepared me for college and I am so thankful for my time here!

  • Bea Richardson

    My name is Bea Richardson, and I’m a senior at Saint James school. I’ve attended Saint James since PreK-3, so this year will be a benchmark for the school, as I am a part of the first class with fifteen-year students at Saint James. I’m a triplet with two other step-sisters.  Saint James is my home because I’ve grown up here. I was nurtured into the person I am today because of the love and foundation for learning I was given by the faculty in the elementary school, making the transition into middle school extremely smooth. Saint James was also the place that helped me to identify my areas of expertise, which are sports and academics. My time management skills have been whipped right into shape because I take the opportunities to participate in advanced and AP classes while being in soccer season year-round. I have been recognized academically by being the consul of Latin Club, inducted into NJHS, NHS and Latin Honor Society, winning the T.E.A.M. award and the Science Department Award, and numerous athletic awards for my particular sport. Saint James has brought out the absolute best in me, and I would never want to call any other school my home.

  • Chaselea Rountree

    My name is Chaselea Rountree, and I’m a senior at Saint James. I’ve attended Saint James school since the 9th grade, and have loved every minute of it! When I started here my freshman year, Saint James instantly became my home away from home. The welcoming faculty and students pushed me to get involved with many activities throughout the school. I started my freshman year off by being a member of key club, government club, choir, the JV cheer team, and  various plays and the school’s cabaret. I also had the opportunity to have different leadership roles my freshman year. I was the team captain for my youth judicial team, and I was the SGA representative for my grade. As I continued into my sophomore year, I had to the opportunity to gain many leadership roles as well. I was the vice president of key club, an SGA officer, continued as a team captain for my youth judicial team, and at the end of the year, was accepted into  the IPRYL program, student ambassador program, and National Honor Society. Also, through the encouragement of my family, and my Saint James family, I gained my lifeguard certification and began to lifeguard at the YMCA at the end of my sophomore year. Saint James really has pushed me to be the best I can be. The people here have become my family and I’ve learned how to work hard to achieve my goals and dreams. Without my time here at Saint James, I would’ve never been able to be obtain certain life skills that I know I will need later on in life. The staff here really stresses the importance of working hard, and giving back to your community. In fact, due to this influence, I was able to be apart of many community service opportunities, and in my junior year, obtained a manager position at my job.  Throughout my years here, I’ve really discovered who I am and what I want to do with my life. After I graduate, I plan to attend the University of Alabama and double major in music therapy and social work. Saint James has provided me with the best education, amazing friends, and wonderful opportunities that I never would’ve been able to have anywhere else. I’m forever thankful for my time here at Saint James, and so glad I had the opportunity to be part of the amazing Saint James family and community.

  • Mary Julian Setzer

    My name is Mary Julian Setzer and I am currently a junior at Saint James. I have been attending Saint James since the first grade. Saint James is truly my home away from home. The teachers and faculty at Saint James have helped shape me and made me who I am today. I am so thankful for this school and the academics that are that are offered here because they truly are the best. The friends that I have made while attending this school are more like a family to me than anything else, and will remain with me for a lifetime. My brother is a Saint James alum and has recently graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and will return there this fall to get his Masters Degree in Computer Science. I am currently part of the Student-Y Government Club, Interact Club, and IPPRYL. I am also a member of National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, and the Art Honor Society. I am on the Girls Varsity volleyball and soccer teams. All of the extracurricular activities and clubs offered at Saint James have been the biggest blessing by teaching me things such as leadership skills and how to make myself a better person. Saint James challenges me everyday to do my best and has definitely helped prepare me for life after high school. After high school, I would like the graduate and attend Auburn University where I want to go into pre-vet. I believe Saint James has given me the best education and I am so proud to be a Saint James Trojan!

  • Michael Shalayda

    My name is Michael Shalayda and I am currently in my junior year at Saint James. I’ve been enrolled here since fourth grade. It was an extremely easy transition and one of the best things to happen to me. I have two younger siblings that also attend here, one in 8th grade and the other in 5th. My mom is also the high school principals assistant and works in the office. Saint James is like a family to us and we enjoy it so much! The students are always extremely friendly and the faculty is certainly among the best. Saint james has given me friendships and experiences that I will cherish forever. I am extremely excited to be a student ambassador this year so that I can show and tell others how amazing this school really is! One of my favorite parts about the school is that Saint James has numerous extracurriculars and sports so Saint James has something for everyone. I am partaking in a few extracurriculars such as Interact club, Latin club, and many other clubs like these that have all taught me very valuable things that will be useful in my future. I am also on the varsity football team as well as the varsity basketball team to go along with national honor society. Football and basketball have both taught me very important life lessons and leadership values as well as how to serve a team. I know Saint James has prepared me for college and post-college life and I am so thankful for the values I have learned as well as the amazing education Saint James has given me!

  • Katie Leigh Smith

    My name is Katie Leigh Smith, and I am currently a junior at Saint James School. I came to Saint James my sixth grade year and have loved it ever since. My mom became the eighth grade English teacher the year before I joined the Saint James family. Just from being here for one year, she knew she wanted her children to be here, too. I have one older brother who currently attends Samford University and one younger brother who is in the seventh grade here at STJ. Saint James offers so many wonderful opportunities and courses that I have definitely taken advantage of. I have loved the challenge of the AP and honors classes offered here and have participated in a wide variety of clubs and extracurriculars. I am currently a part of Pep Club, Latin Honors’ Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors’ Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and I lead my own Bible study for middle school girls. In the future, I hope to attend vet school at  Auburn University to become a veterinarian and one day possibly own my own vet clinic. It is because of the huge impact Saint James has had on my life that I believe in myself enough to accomplish this goal. I know I will be prepared for college and life beyond that because of the diverse skills and variety of opportunities Saint James has provided for me.

  • Gracie Sullivan

    My name is Gracie Sullivan, and I am currently a junior at Saint James School. I started attending in K-4 and have been here since. I love it because of the memories STJ has given me. By being a part of the Saint James Student Ambassador program, I hope to share more memories with new students. My two older brothers graduated from Saint James and both of my parents have worked here. My family is filled with different personalities, yet Saint James was the perfect match for us all. The aspect I love at STJ is the opportunity to want more. We are given several advanced classes and extracurricular activities which help us grow and prepare for the future. I am a part of the Saint James Equestrian Team, Pep Club, Latin Club, National Honors’ Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and serve as the Junior Class Secretary. I am most thankful for the Equestrian Team which has helped me qualify for regionals twice in a row. In the future, I hope to be a part of a NCEA Equestrian Team and study in the field of my choice. Even though my goal will be hard to achieve, I know the Saint James faculty and students will support me throughout this process!

  • Patrick Whetstone

    My name is Patrick Whetstone and I am a junior at Saint James School. I enrolled at Saint James in the ninth grade, so I am fairly new. I have an older brother who is enrolled at the University of Alabama. I also have two younger siblings. I enjoy being a part of the football and tennis team. I am involved in the Student-Y organization, Latin Club, and serve as the Junior Class President. I am a member of the National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. During my transition to Saint James I was drawn in by the emphasis of being one big family. Being a fairly new student, I feel that I would be able to share some of my own experiences coming to a new school with a potentially new family. I love talking with new people and enjoy answering questions that anyone might have about Saint James. I feel that Saint James is preparing me to be a well rounded student ready to be successful in the next chapters of life.

  • Kat Wright

    My name is Kat Wright, and I am currently a Senior at Saint James School. My family and I have so much pride in Saint James, that I began attending here in PreK-3. My brother is also a Saint James alum. Saint James is unique because it serves as a tight-knit community. I consider all my peers, teachers, and coaches as family. Saint James is home to my friends, family, and all who attend. Saint James also differs from other schools because of vast number of opportunities offered to students. I chose to take advantage of these many activities. For example, I play on our varsity volleyball team, participate in various community service clubs (Stand Up to Cancer Club, Drama Club, Student Y Club, Interact Club, and Government Club), serve as an attorney for our Youth Judicial mock trial team, serve as the Student Government Association’s Senior Class Representative, and participated in Interpersonal Relations Youth Leadership. I even served as the treasurer for the Stand Up to Cancer Club. Due to my involvement in extracurriculars, I was awarded the Jimmy Hitchcock freshman award. I would not have been able to excel in my extracurriculars and classes without the help and encouragement of my incredible coaches and teachers. While there are many extracurricular activities offered, many academic opportunities are offered as well. For example, Advanced Placement classes are open to students. I have taken both AP English and AP American History. Taking Advanced Placement courses like this and focusing on my academics has allowed me to become a part of the National Honor Society. I love taking these challenging courses because I am genuinely interested in these areas of study, and I love to focus on them. Saint James has also helped me realize which careers I wish to pursue in the future. Though I am still unsure which college I will be attending, I am confident that Saint James will aid in my success at whichever I choose, and eventually in my career.