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From Student to Honorable Leader: Embracing Extraordinary Leadership

04/18/24

Written by Ms. Paula Harrison

Lower School Principal, SkyView Academy

From Student to Honorable Leader: Embracing Extraordinary Leadership. At SkyView Academy, our vision is to prepare our students to be life-long learners and honorable leaders. We believe it is essential for our students to develop leadership qualities that will help them make a positive impact on their community. Our elementary students recite our Student Creed every morning, which instills values such as honesty, integrity, and respect.

 

SkyView Academy Student Creed:

I am a SkyView student.  I will do my best to pursue academic challenges and be an active participant to become a life-long learner.  I will be my best by exhibiting honesty, integrity, and respect within my community to become an honorable leader.

By fostering a culture of leadership and character development, we aim to shape our students into responsible and upstanding individuals equipped to face future challenges.

"It felt good to speak and protect my brother."

Tucker Yarbrough

I am honored and privileged to introduce you to Tucker Yarbrough, a fourth-grade SVA student.  He has taken on the role of being an honorable leader.  At nine years old, he stood up in front of the Littleton School Board of Directors and spoke about an incident that involved his brother, who is autistic and attends The Joshua School. 

Here is my interview with Tucker:

  • Why did you stand and speak at the Littleton School Board meeting?
    • My mom asked me if I wanted to go and speak, and I thought it would be cool to speak in front of all those people.
  • Why did you think it was going to be cool to talk to the School Board?
    • I think it’s cool to be a person to protect my brother and it was a grown-up thing to do.  I want to be one of those kids that protects people.
  • How did you plan what you were going to say?
    • My mom wrote some things down, and then I wrote some things down that I wanted to say.
  • Were you nervous speaking to all of those people?
    • I was nervous, but I wasn’t nervous when I started speaking.  It felt good to speak and protect my brother.
  • Did school prepare you in any way to speak in front of the School Board and their guests?
    • When we have our music performances we sometimes have speaking parts and we have to speak in front of all the parents, so that helped.  
  • Would you speak in front of a large group of people again?
    • Yes, if I had the chance to do it again.
  • What was the best part about this event?
    • Another parent involved in this case is making me a shirt that says, “I am my brother’s protector.”

Thank you, Tucker, for being an honorable leader and standing up for and protecting your brother.  

Being an honorable leader and a role model for others to follow is an important quality we should all strive to possess.  By being an honorable leader, we can positively impact our surroundings and inspire others to do the same.  Remember, small actions can make a big difference, and we can all work together to create a better community.

Have a wonderful day,

Paula Harrison
Lower School Principal

Tucker Yarbrough

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