Jeremy Crigger, the principal of Walker High School, recently recruited 22 students to take part in a student advisory committee.
On Friday, the group held its third meeting, during which time Crigger talked to the students about how they can make WHS a better school by being the best leaders they can be.
The group, made up of students from different grades, started meeting in September.
“We just come together and talk about things that are happening at the school, things they want to change,” Crigger said about the organization.
During the discourse held in the school’s Golden Viking Room, Crigger used a PowerPoint presentation to get his point across regarding accountability. The presentation concluded with a quote from the French playwright Molière — “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”
Crigger encouraged the students to be on the lookout for such nuggets of wisdom that they can use for motivation. “In order to be better, you’ve got to steal stuff from people — write it down,” he said. “If you see it in a book, and you think you might use it, write it down.”
On a notecard placed in front of each student, Crigger asked the committee members to write “What is one thing that you’re going to do to make Walker High School an extraordinary high school.”
Crigger said he developed the idea for the advisory committee from a similar group at Sparkman High School, where he formerly was employed as an educator.
When determining who would be invited to serve on the committee, Crigger said he was searching for leadership skills.
During Friday’s meeting, which was attended by Robert Sparkman, the superintendent of the Jasper City Schools district, and J. Darrell Cooper, the school system’s director of secondary schools.