5/30/16 May Student Of The Month
May Student Of The Month
Jonathan Hester is an ‘authentic’ volunteer
By Jakob S. Miller, Times-News correspondent, The Times-News 5/30/16
Reprinted with permission.
Authentic is a word that isn’t just thrown around when describing someone. However, it is certainly applicable to Southern Alamance High School senior Jonathan Hester. Jonathan is someone who is easy to be around, and was described by Dr. Rosemary Fischer as “completely himself in the natural way he is able to relate to persons of varying abilities, ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, etc.”
Jonathan has certainly learned to do so from his approximate 800 hours of volunteer work with Celebration Singers, a choir made up of developmentally disabled adults, for which he has also won the President’s Award in 2013 and 2015. In this way, he can be described as authentic, as he can find a way to relate to anybody and in effect is always his genuine self since he does not have to pretend or be fake.
Jonathan’s mother, Nancy “Lynn” Bare, is an English teacher at Southern Alamance High School. Jonathan also wants to be a teacher. He has already received eight scholarships and counting for college, an impressive number to say the least. When asked what current high school students could do to to accomplish what he has, Jonathan advised, “find your passion and get involved because if you do something you are passionate about, it’s not work, it’s fun.”
Jonathan also praised the importance of a support system, saying “the people behind me, my mom and my teachers, push me to be better,” when asked what has helped him achieve his accomplishments. He admirably goes above and beyond while treating people properly and remaining humble, making him someone students can certainly learn from.
- Jakob S. Miller is a freshman at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.