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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Ryan Barranco, and I am a Senior at Saint James School. I first joined the Saint James family my freshman year. I came to Saint James at a scary time for any upcoming high schooler, much less a new student. I was immediately embraced, and have felt the full love of STJ every day since then. I have two older sisters. One is studying at Troy University Nursing School, and one is studying at UAB Medical School. At Saint James I have been heavily involved in AP and Honors courses as well as many extracurriculars. I am involved in Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors Society, Latin Honors Society, Pep Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, and the YMCA Youth in Government Program. This year I was elected the 2020/2021 Alabama Youth Governor, and will have the opportunity to represent St.James, not only in Alabama but nationwide. I have aspirations to study Pre-Law in college and one day work in our nation's capital. I know this goal is possible through the continuous preparation and support of Saint James to further not only my academic career, but also further develop myself as a whole. Without Saint James I don’t know where I’d be, I wouldn’t be who I am today, that’s why I will always be proud to call myself a Trojan.
My name is Haley Brightwell, and I am a Junior at Saint James. I have attended Saint James for the past 13 years, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have a younger sister who is in 9th grade and we have both practically grown up at this school. My family has been very involved in the school since I was very little with my dad being the Varsity Girls Soccer Coach and my mom becoming the PTO president from when I was in 5th grade to about 9th grade. Saint James has so many opportunities to show off all of my talents. I get to participate in so many teams and clubs where I get to interact with so many different people. I am currently the co-Captain on the Varsity Cheer team and I was voted Captain for the Varsity Soccer team. I was able to develop my leadership skills by serving in Student Government Association where I am an 11th grade representative. Saint James also gave me the opportunity to attend the Capstone Leadership Academy where I was able to further develop these skills. Along with these, I participate in other clubs like Pep Club and Youth in Government Club, and I am also a member of the FCA leadership team. Saint James also lets me get involved in Honors Societies to reward my academic achievement like the National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. After graduating from Saint James, I would like to attend Auburn University to pursue a career in Pharmacy. I feel that with all that Saint James has taught me, I can do whatever I set my mind to. I have loved every minute that I have spent at Saint James, and I could not imagine being anywhere else.
My name is Tamya Bruce, and I am currently a senior here at Saint James School. I transferred to Saint James in the 9th grade, and I honestly can say I was a bit intimidated. All my life I was in the Magnet program in MPS, so starting high school not knowing anyone freaked me out. During my admission process, I was informed of the dance team and was persuaded to try out. I made the team a week later, and now I am currently the captain for the second consecutive year in a row. This experience allowed me to realize that Saint James is not your typical private school. They are a family that wants everyone to succeed. Not only is Saint James super supportive, but the academics and athletics are superior. There are many statistics and state championships that can vouch for this as well. Over the years, I have participated in several clubs and extracurricular activities such as: key club, French club, and student ambassadors . I have also danced since the 9th grade and I have been captain since the 11th. I am an All American Dancer and I have won this award every year since the 10th grade. This accomplishment allows me to dance in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Disney World. I also have had the honor of being spotlighted as a potential UDA Dance Instructor. My teachers and coaches have played a huge part in helping me to succeed. Next year I hope to attend UAB and major in Nursing. After this I would like to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, therefore I can become a Neonatal Nurse. My main motive behind this career choice is that it allows me to help someone who cannot help themselves. This is a mindset that is emphasized at Saint James. Saint James is a school that leaves no one behind. It allows everyone to succeed rather if it is in the classroom, on the field, or both. I am extremely thankful for all the opportunities and friendships that I have made over the years. I would not be the person I am today without Saint James and I will always be a Trojan 24/7!
My name is Jun Choi, and I am currently a senior at Saint James. Before I transferred to Saint James in the 10th grade, I used to live in South Korea and California for almost my entire life. When I moved to Mongomery, I was very nervous and even afraid because of my lack of English and communication skills since I was a Korean international student. However, my anxiety was washed away when I started attending Saint James. The Saint James faculty and the student body welcomed me with great enthusiasm, making me feel safe and comfortable. I immediately realized that choosing Saint James was the correct decision, and since then, I am having a wonderful time as a member of the Saint James family. Throughout the years, I was able to accomplish many of my academic goals such as becoming the president of Mu Alpha Theta and the Math Club, as well as becoming a member of the National Honor Society, Technical Honor Society, and the Latin Honor Society, and competing in many math competitions and even placing in a few. I was also able to participate in athletic activities such as varsity track, cross country, and soccer, helping me build precious memories with others. My future goal is to attend UCLA, where my sister is currently attending, and major in engineering. I would say I am blessed to be attending this wonderful school, and as a student ambassador representing Saint James, I would love to pass on the positivity and gratefulness at Saint James!
My name is Anna Colson and I am a junior at Saint James. I have been at Saint James since I was in kindergarten and my older sister is a Saint James alumni. My parents chose Saint James because of the well rounded and diverse students they produce. Saint James also provides an endless amount of extra curricular activities. I have been a cheerleader since 7th grade, played JV soccer last year, and have starred in many of the Saint James performing arts productions. I am a member of the following honor societies: Tri-M Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and National Honor Society. I have also had the honor of being a part of the IPRYL program. Saint James has the absolute best administrators and teachers who constantly push us to be better students and better people. After I graduate, I am not positive about what I would like to do in college, but I have been looking into nursing, psychology, and social work. I feel Saint James has prepared me for college with all of the honors and AP classes that are available to me. I love Saint James very much and will always be thankful for my time here. Go Trojans!
My name is Makenzie Corley, and I am currently a senior at Saint James School. I will have been attending Saint James for fourteen years, so I can truly say Saint James is my home away from home. Most of my life revolves around Saint James, and I have loved every second of it! My brother, who is in eighth grade, and sister, who is in seventh grade, also attend Saint James. Each of us consider Saint James as a community with wonderful students, faculty, and parents. There are so many opportunities offered at Saint James from academic courses to extracurricular activities. I am involved in many extracurricular activities such as volleyball, basketball, softball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, pep club, Student Y Government club, Student Government Association, and so many more. I am excited to share my story with prospective new families, so they can learn about the many opportunities they will have as a student at Saint James. While being at Saint James, I have learned to be a leader by serving as the SGA treasurer, sophomore class treasurer, junior class president, and being a member of the IPRYL class. Interpersonal Relations Youth Leadership is a class designed to teach students the characteristics of becoming and being a leader. I am also a member of many honor societies which include Latin Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Honor Society. Saint James sets a high standard for their students but the faculty helps students find their individual paths to succeed with endless possibilities. I am forever grateful for the opportunities Saint James has given me and I am excited to share my experiences with anyone who is considering our school. Saint James is a community where we cherish relationships and grow bonds. I plan to use the tools Saint James has given me to excel in the future. After I graduate high school, I plan to attend Auburn University where I will major in pre-medicine. Not only has Saint James prepared me for college, but they have also prepared me to succeed in everything I do. Saint James is a home away from home for which I will forever be thankful.
My name is Hamilton Cunningham, and I am currently a junior. I have been at Saint James since I was three years old. I have two older brothers who both graduated from Saint and are currently in college. Faulkner is in his junior year at Southern Miss, and Harrison is in his last year of a masters program at LSU. I wrestle, and I am the president of our speech and debate team. I am also a member of several honor societies such as National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. In the future, I would like to pursue a business degree and then move on to law school. Throughout my time here, Saint James has provided me with all of the resources that I needed to reach my maximum potential in both academics and extracurriculars.
My name is Tyson Eley and I am currently a senior at Saint James School. I started Saint James 13 years ago in the Kindergarten class. From the time I stepped through the doors of Saint James, I knew it was the place for me. Since then, Saint James has become my second home and everyone here my family. My father and three brothers all attended Saint James and were all able to transition easily to The University of Alabama, where they were prepared and ready to take on their next step. My father and two of my brothers are lawyers, all graduating from Cumberland School of Law. My other brother is a current student at Alabama with big plans for the future as well. The faculty at Saint James will always push you to be the best you can be and you will rarely find anyone unwilling to help. Saint James has allowed me to shape myself and pave a way for my future. With all the choices of classes, clubs, and extracurricular activities, you can never go wrong. As a student, you have the freedom to design your own schedule with the help of our counselors. I have loved the Saint James Advanced Placement and Honors classes because they are rigorous and prepare students for college. I currently participate in extracurricular activities such as the Student Y Government Club, Interact Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Student Government Association, and served as Class President my tenth grade year. I am also in three honor societies including National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society which recognize outstanding students and their achievements. I have played four sports at Saint James, including baseball, football, basketball, and golf. Regardless, all of these extracurricular activities have built my character through teaching me both leadership and discipline. I know that Saint James is the best school that I could have attended and I am proud to be a student here. After high school, my goal is to attend The University of Alabama and then the UAB School of Dentistry.
My name is Jeffery Ford and I am a senior at Saint James School. I have attended Saint James since Pre-K4 and love it. The decision to enroll into Saint James was a huge blessing and opportunity for me. My family and I chose Saint James because of the diversity within the student body as well as the education. Saint James has offered me many academic classes to take, clubs to join, athletic teams to join and compete, as well as many events to attend. I am involved in the Youth in Government and Student Government Association programs offered by Saint James. I have competed in Youth Legislature, Youth Judicial, the National Judicial Conference, Youth in City, and I am a member of the Government Club at Saint James. These Saint James events and organizations have given me the passion and drive to pursue government and law in college. Saint James has afforded me the opportunity to participate in numerous athletic activities such as baseball, football, and indoor track. Saint James has a wide variety of college preparatory classes that have prepared me for college. The faculty at Saint James has helped to ensure my success and education in the classroom. The student body helps put Saint James above many schools in the Montgomery area. The warmth and love that I have received from classmates and teachers, has made my years at Saint James a smooth and comfortable journey. I am so thankful for the opportunities that Saint James has given me. I can truly say that attending Saint James has been a great experience for me.
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My name is Hannah Grace Griggs and I am currently a senior at Saint James School. I have a younger brother in 9th grade who is also a Saint James student. I have attended this school since Kindergarten and would not rather be anywhere else! I feel so cared for and at home here! My parents chose for me to attend STJ for several different reasons including the variety of opportunities available, the values and morals of the school, and the outstanding staff. Here at Saint James, I am involved in many academic and extracurricular activities. I play volleyball, basketball, and softball. I am also a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team, SGA, Interact Club, Government Club, AGAPE Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Latin Honors Society, National Honors Society, IPRYL, Student Ambassadors, and the Youth in Government Program. All of these programs have allowed me to grow as a person, leader, and friend. These activities teach hard work, commitment, courage, and so many more valuable life lessons. I fully believe that Saint James is preparing me for the future and giving me the best education possible. When I graduate from high school, I plan to start the pre-dentistry track at Auburn University to hopefully advance into the School of Dentistry at UAB. The countless memories I make and life lessons I learn daily are things that I will definitely never forget. These things also reassure me that I can reach my long term goals. Without Saint James and the impact it has had on my life, I would not be who I am today.
My name is Kendall Hardaway and I am currently a Junior at Saint James School. I have attended Saint James since the sixth grade and have grown to love the environment. My parents chose to send me to Saint James School because they wanted a school that would challenge me academically and help prepare me for college. They wanted a school that would help cultivate my social, emotional, and physical well-being. I was scared to move into such a larger setting than my close-knit elementary school, but the Saint James Admissions Department accepted me and made my transition easy and heartwarming. At Saint James, I am now involved in the Government Club along with the Student Government Association (SGA) where I serve as the 11th Grade Member-At-Large. I am associated with YMCA’s Youth In Government Program and have participated in TEAMS: a math and engineering competition. I am also involved in IPRYL, a mentoring program. I am currently a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Latin Honor Society, National Honor Society, and National Technical Honor Society. I am also a part of the Girls’ Indoor and Outdoor Track Team. My educational goals are to graduate from Saint James with honors. Post-graduation from STJ, I am leaning towards attending either Auburn or UAB. I would like to start with my bachelor’s degree in nursing then proceed to get my master’s in science in nursing and maybe my doctorate. I would like to become a pediatric orthopedic nurse practitioner. I believe Saint James’s diverse curriculum is setting me up for success in any path I chose in my future. I truly want to share what Saint James has instilled in me: a can-do attitude with strong social confidence. Saint James has taught me how to have a positive balance between my academic prosperity, athletic success, and extracurricular activities while simultaneously maintaining a growing social life. Saint James propels me to feel the need to perform my absolute best and find the foremost pathway to success. #TrojanStrong
My name is Izabella Janush-Hernandez and I’m currently a senior here at Saint James. I am the team captain for girls’ varsity tennis, a peer leader, peer tutor, in ASL Club, and involved in various crews for theatre. Ever since I came to Saint James in 7th grade, I’ve been involving myself in extracurriculars and taking advantage of all the opportunities provided. As a transferring middle schooler, it was difficult to choose where I wanted to involve myself and where I felt I fit in. I played basketball and volleyball, participated in youth legislator, choir, key club, write club, theatre productions, and the list goes on. Thanks to all the extracurriculars Saint James offers, I was able to expand my interests and make friends with all kinds of people who have common interests. I have increased my passion for creating art, reading, writing, photography, playing tennis, and helping others. I have learned the importance of community involvement, family, school spirit, and positive attitude thanks to the Saint James core values, caring teachers, and ambassador program. Saint James has made me feel exceedingly prepared from college, allowing me to set high expectations for my academic future. After graduating from Saint James, I hope to attend either Tulane University or Norte Dame to pursue a career in criminal profiling.
My name is Kate McDevitt and I am currently a junior at Saint James. I first became a Trojan in eighth grade when I transferred schools. At first I was afraid of how I would fit in at Saint James because I was the “new girl”. However, as soon as I entered the school and saw smiles all around from students and teachers, I knew that I belonged here. I have a younger sister in eighth grade who came to Saint James this year. My parents chose Saint James for us because of the smaller class sizes and the academic reputation it has. While at Saint James, I have developed friendships and memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Some of those memories include: the Washington D.C trip, attending athletic events, and the classroom discussions we have in class. While at Saint James, my extracurricular activities have been in band and track and field. I am a part of the National Honor Society, IPRYL, and Key Club. I am self assured that my years spent at Saint James will prepare me for college and beyond.
My name is Presley Miles and I am a current Senior at Saint James. I have attended Saint James since Kindergarten, and I have loved every second of it! My parents chose Saint James because it has endless opportunities and it also excels in all categories. Saint James has state championship winning track, cross country, and volleyball teams, a national qualifying band, a title winning speech and debate team, and the list goes on. I decided I wanted to run track and cross country and the Saint James family has supported me every step! I think what sets Saint James apart from other schools is the caring students and faculty. I can honestly say Saint James is my second home because of the people. I am and have been a member of the National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, cooking club, pep club, peer leader, leadership seminar, AGAPE club, and chess club. I have been involved in SGA since the 6th grade and am currently the Student Government Association President. Saint James has given me the unique opportunity to attend the Capstone Leadership Academy Conference at Alabama where my leadership skills were further developed. Saint James has taught me that to lead is to serve by going out in the community and serving. I am planning on continuing my track and cross country career in college. While I have yet to choose a university, I have narrowed down my choices to those most actively recruiting me, which include: Duke, Harvard, Notre Dame, UNC, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. I plan on majoring in either psychology, sports broadcasting, or kinesiology. Saint James has prepared me to go into one of these elite institutions with confidence and a hard work ethic to achieve my goals. Go Trojans!
My name is Morgan Parish, and I am a senior at Saint James School. I have attended Saint James since Pre-K4 and my sister, who is six years older, also started in Pre-K4. Saint James has been a perfect fit for my family because it offers so many opportunities for superior academics as well as a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. I love competing on the court, on the field and in the classroom. I am involved in multiple varsity level sports including volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring. In addition, I cheered on the sidelines during football season as the Trojan mascot in 10th and 11th grade. I love showing and promoting school spirit. I have learned to be a leader by serving as Freshman Vice President, Sophomore Vice President, Junior Vice President, SGA class representative, and SGA Secretary. I'm involved in National Honors’ Society, Latin Honor Society, the IPRYL program(11th grade), SGA, Pep Club, and Government Club. I have also had the opportunity to be involved in the YMCA Youth Judicial and Legislative programs, most recently competing in the national mock court competition in Chicago for the second year representing Alabama and Saint James and placing seventh out of twenty-five teams from across the nation. After I graduate Saint James I plan on attending Auburn University and major in business analytics. Saint James has prepared me for the future and I know I will excel in many different ways.The Saint James administration, teachers and coaches all play an important role in my high school experience and I am grateful for their dedication to my success.
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My name is Mary Rodgers Prim and I am currently a junior at Saint James. I have been at Saint James since kindergarten, and I can truly say that the community here compares to no other school. I also have an older sister who graduated from STJ. My parents fell in love with Saint James at the very beginning because of all the opportunities we are given and the amazing faculty. I am involved in many academic and extracurricular activities at Saint James, including cheerleading, soccer, Vice President of my class, Pep Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team, the National Honors Society, Student Ambassadors, and I also participate in some of the Performing Arts shows. These programs helped me learn how to lead, but also listen to others. They also helped my gain so many new friends and I am beyond grateful for that. I know Saint James has impacted my life in a positive way and will continue to do so. STJ is going to prepare me for life in college and outside of school by not only teaching me the academics, but also helping me learn how to communicate with others well and how to strive for the things that I want most in life. After graduating from Saint James, I plan to go to Auburn University and major in Pre- Physicians Assistant, then move to UAB to continue that course. Saint James has helped me grow for the past 12 years I have been here, and I can not express how thankful I am for all the opportunities and challenges that have made me the person I am today.
My name is Foster Rasmussen and I am currently a junior at Saint James. I have actually attended Saint James multiple times in my life. I am in a military family so we have moved around a lot. I first came to Saint James when I was in Kindergarten, and then we moved to Florida until 3rd grade. When I returned as 3rd grader I felt so welcomed by everyone even after I had been gone for a few years. This time I was here from 3rd to about half way through 7th grade where we moved to Annapolis, Maryland. Although I loved every second of my time in Maryland, I really missed Montgomery. Finally, I returned for my sophomore year, where I will stay and graduate high school. I am a member of the Saint James baseball team. I am also a member of the agape and government clubs. The Agape club is a club where we donate school supplies to schools in Central and South America. Within the government club I participate in the youth government program. I am a Red Cross certified lifeguard and during the summer I work at YMCA Camp Chandler as a counselor and lifeguard. I am also a cashier at Chappy’s Deli. After high school I am interested in becoming a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. Like I have mentioned before, I am in a military family. Both of my parents were pilots in the Air Force and they have instilled a passion for flight in me. With the support from my family and friends and the foundation established by Saint James, I truly believe the sky is the limit!
My name is Kate Rees, and I am a Junior at Saint James. I came to Saint James School in fifth grade. My father is a Saint James Alumni, so Saint James was the first place we toured. I knew as soon as we finished the tour Saint James was the place for me. With the rigorous academic background that I was accustomed to, my parents were very impressed with the offerings at Saint James School. My parents felt this was a well-rounded education experience. Not only is academics implemented, but Saint James offers so many unique extracurricular opportunities! I am now involved in the Key Club, IPRYL, and the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team here at school. I have enjoyed trying many other activities and classes that have helped me find my interests. I am also a member of the Latin Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Honor Society. My younger brother is a seventh grader at Saint James. We enjoy the family spirit at Saint James. When I was a new student, I was very nervous. Immediately I was welcomed into the STJ family by classmates and teachers. Right now my college goal is to attend Auburn University majoring in Accounting. After I obtain my B.S. in Accountancy, I will further my education by working toward my M.A.c. degree. I know STJ is preparing me to reach my goals in college and beyond! Go Trojans!
My name is Rachel Rice and I am a junior at Saint James School. I have attended Saint James since kindergarten, and my brother and sister are both alumni. I still remember how nervous I was moving to a new state and meeting all new people, but everyone was so welcoming. My family knew Saint James was the right place for their kids because of the diversity, variety of classes, and college preparation. They were immediately drawn to the family atmosphere. Saint James offers a lot of extracurriculars and the ones I have participated in are: TEAMS which is a math and engineering competition, ASL club, interact club, Latin club, the IPRYL program, and was elected the Class Secretary my sophomore year. I am also a member of the following honor societies: Latin Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Honor Society. I have also been on the volleyball team since eighth grade. All different kinds of students fit in at Saint James since there are so many opportunities such as academic competitions, the arts, and athletics. After I graduate from Saint James, I plan to attend college and major in Pre-med. With all of the AP classes available, I feel that Saint James has prepared me for college very well and I have loved my time here.
My name is Emma Sherlin and I am a junior at Saint James School. I have been a student at Saint James since Pre K-4 and my mom taught math in the high school for around 25 years. I have had a very unique experience at Saint James because my mom was a part of the wonderful faculty for so long. Having an inside look at how the school is run has given me such an appreciation for Saint James. I love Saint James so much and I have loved every second I’ve spent on campus. While at Saint James I have been able to be involved in so many different things. I was the Captain of the Dance Team during my middle school years and now am a Varsity cheerleader. I love the opportunities cheerleading has given me to interact with the student body! The theatre department at Saint James has also given me so many great memories, as well as the clubs and other extracurricular activities I have been involved in. Sophomore year, my classmates voted and elected me as the Homecoming Attendant as well as the Sophomore Class Treasurer. I have been a part of the yearbook staff, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Pep Club. Academically, I have been pushed and encouraged at Saint James in order to excel in every course. I have been inducted into the Spanish Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Honors Society, and I also take many AP and honors classes. Everything I am involved in at Saint James has given me so many opportunities to grow my friendships, my leadership skills, and my educational foundation. After I graduate from Saint James, I hope to go to Auburn University and join their nursing program. I have been encouraged to have big dreams for my future at Saint James and am so grateful for the experiences I have had thus far. It is always a great day at STJ!
My name is Zoe Tatum, and I am currently a senior at Saint James School. I have attended Saint James for fifteen years. Being a Trojan for fifteen years has taught me selflessness, persistence, and to value my education. I can wholeheartedly call Saint James the best school in Montgomery! I have a brother who attended Saint James for 13 years, and is now a sophomore at Auburn University. He is continuing his pre-veterinary major in hopes of becoming a Vet for his own clinic. This year I have continued my position as yearbook editor, and hope to incorporate each member of the Saint James student body into this year's book! I also belong to the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. I’ve belonged to clubs including: Student-Y club, Cooking Club, Yearbook Club, and Latin Club. This year I am focusing on my positions as a peer tutor for the Writing Center and a Peer Leader for the freshmen class. The best thing about Saint James is how much it creates and values relationships. Through friendships and outstanding teachers, students can easily find a place to belong at Saint James School. The value of education is reflected in our course selections, motivation of students, and qualifications of faculty. I am extremely blessed to call Saint James my home away from home, because it prepares me for what is to be faced in the years after high school.
My name is Lauren Taylor and I am a senior at Saint James School. I came to Saint James in the 9th grade. I came from a school that did not challenge me academically and did not have many course options for me to pursue. However, at Saint James, I was pleased to discover a wide variety of classes, extracurricular, and community service options. My parents and I knew that Saint James was the school for me after seeing all of the opportunities provided to their students and after experiencing the welcoming atmosphere. Changing schools made me extremely nervous, but welcoming students and faculty made me feel comfortable right away. My freshman year I played volleyball, which helped me grow closer to some of my classmates. I am in Advanced Placement and Honors classes, Spanish Club, Interact club, the National Society of High School Scholars, the Student Government Association and I served as the treasurer for the junior class. I have aspirations to be a surgeon when I’m older and I know that Saint James will help me reach my goals. Saint James has helped me develop strong social skills, become a better academic student and realize my potential.
My name is Ella Taylor and I am currently a junior at Saint James School. As a Saint James student for eight years, I can truly say that coming to Saint James has been one of the biggest opportunities and blessings of my life. I came to Saint James in the middle of my fourth grade year. My dad was active duty military and was relocated to Montgomery so we packed our bags during Christmas break and headed down to a new state and new city. It was scary having to start at Saint James in January since everyone already knew each other and being a shy kid, I didn’t know how I would fit in with the other students or my new school. However, this school made it so much easier for not only me, but also for my family during that stressful period. Now I’m beyond grateful that we moved here because I am able to attend such a wonderful school! My younger brother is currently in the ninth grade and my mom is the new middle school principal here so this school really is like a family to me! The school has so many opportunities for the students to grow not only academically but also emotionally! As I mentioned before, I was a shy kid in elementary school but now I participate in the IPRYL program, the student Ambassador Program, Speech and Debate, Choir, Peer Leader, and I’ve been performing on stage in front of my peers since the seventh grade! I truly believe that I would not have been able to do as much as I do now if I had not come here; not only because our school offers so many activities for students, but also because the teachers and faculty genuinely care about challenging us and helping us to reach our full potential. Now, when I go to college, I plan to major in musical theatre or theatre education and pursue my dreams. This might seem crazy to some people but I've been able to push myself beyond what I could have ever thought possible! I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the Saint James family with others! Go Trojans!
My name is Aubrey Wright and I am currently a senior attending Saint James. I transferred to Saint James in the 10th grade after living overseas for almost 5 years because of the military. When I moved to Montgomery, I was very nervous about coming to school and meeting new people. Though, on my first day, I was welcomed by many friendly faces that helped me become part of the Saint James family. Thanks to them I can now call myself a true Saint James Trojan. Saint James has been able to offer me many things to better myself as a student. From SAT practice courses to AP and Honors classes, Saint James has helped me grow and prepare for college. Through this, I have been able to be a part of the Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Saint James has given me many opportunities, not only as a student, but as an athlete as well. I have been able to be a part of the varsity dance, cheer, and cross country team. Also, I have been able to run on a State Championship track and field team. As a Saint James Student Ambassador, I am happy to be able to continue sharing the welcoming atmosphere that initially helped me adjust to life in high school at STJ. Also, I can help other military families feel at home by sharing my experiences and opportunities given to me by Saint James. I am very excited to share my memories as a student ambassador with others to help them become part of the Saint James family too! After high school, I plan to attend college and receive a degree in Spanish as well as Genetics. Thanks to the many opportunities offered by Saint James I believe I will be able to achieve this goal. I am so glad I can call myself a Saint James Trojan!
My name is Jake Yohn, and I am a junior at Saint James. I became a Trojan my sophomore year in high school. Changing schools when you are older can be daunting, but I have felt nothing but acceptance and love since joining the Saint James family. I have an older brother who studies finance at Auburn University. At Saint James, I am involved in many different programs and activities. I am a member of the Interact Club and Government Club. Within government club, I participate in the Alabama Youth in Government Program. I am a member of the debate team as well. I play varsity basketball and play drums for my church’s worship team. After high school, I plan on studying political science and then attending law school. Because of the Saint James support system, I know that I can accomplish my goals and be prepared for whatever challenges life throws at me. I can honestly say that coming to Saint James has changed my life for the better and I’m so happy to be a Trojan!