NEW CANAAN, Conn. St. Lukes School senior Jackson Prince of New Canaan has always embraced being a leader.
He leads on the court as the point guard and captain of the New Canaan private schools basketball team. But more important, hes the face of the schools students, serving as the student body president.
Ive grown fond of being in management and leadership positions, said Prince, 17, You get to be behind the scenes to make stuff happen. Its like youre the student representative and almost part of the administration.
The load as leader is heavy for the senior. Since winning election as president last spring, Prince regularly meets with members of the schools administration to discuss student concerns and runs the weekly student town meetings to hear from his classmates as well as to let them know about upcoming events. Prince previously worked as co-president of the student group China Care and traveled last year with the organization Next Generation Nepal to help the organization reconnect trafficked children with their families.
He also helps to plan campus events, including this weekends homecoming activities. Its totally exceeded everything I thought it would be, Prince said. You dont realize all the stuff (presidents) do.
Prince sees value in the job. Youre there between the students and administration, and youre making sure theres a good relationship, he said.
Although Princes work as the students primary voice is challenging, its not daunting. Its a fun challenge. Its hard, but it doesnt deter me, he said.
The basketball captaincy and student presidency have their similarities, As for which role is tougher? Its probably more challenging to be student body president because there are 250 more people involved.