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April 8, 2014 > Horner Junior High recognized for outstanding leadership program

Horner Junior High recognized for outstanding leadership program

Submitted By Kathleen Caine

Sandra Kurland, Executive Director of the California Association of Student Leaders (CASL), recently notified Principal Steven Musto at FremontÕs Horner Junior High School that the school is a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Program award. In particular, the organization recognized the efforts of Teacher and Activities Director Matthew Shaffer and Student Body President Jessica Liu. Horner is one of 19 middle schools in the state to be honored, selected from among 780 eligible schools.

ÒThe award is based on how well a school executes the CASLÕs Roadmap, basically eleven steps to building a connected, accepting school,Ó explains Schaeffer. ÒIn effect, we locate the students, who show leadership ability, teach them to be good student models and give them a meaningful role in how our school runs.Ó Shaffer teaches an electives leadership class led, in part, by elected school officers. ÒOur ASB (Associated Student Body) student leaders own our schoolÕs culture and are responsible for making sure everyone feels like they are a part of our community.Ó

ÒWe have to find different ways for students to participate, so thereÕs something for everyone,Ó adds Jessica Liu, Horner Student Body President. ÒSometimes itÕs a lot of fun, like our Friday music events, quarterly mixers, or our annual talent show. But other times, we focus on the outside community. Currently, we are raising money on behalf the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In our first week, we have already raised over a thousand dollars.Ó

Jacob Super, a seventh grader at Horner, agrees that the ASB teamÕs efforts have had a positive impact on the schoolÕs culture. ÒI really like the spirit days. For example, sometimes they ask us to wear our favorite sports team jersey. WeÕre a really diverse school, with a lot of cultures represented, so itÕs great to see what we have in common.Ó

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