By: M.C. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief.
Lakeland - This month, on The Student Leader of the Month, we want to feature a student from George Jenkins High School. Meet Ms. Caroline Mason.
Caroline is ranked 1st in her class of 502 students with a 4.615 grade point average. She is the Co-Founder and a Board Member of "100 Teens Who Care Lakeland," which is an organization that works to bring exposure to the many charitable organizations in the area and encourages teens to get out and volunteer.
Among her many accomplishments, Caroline is the President of the Spanish National Honors Society, Treasurer of National Honor Society, and an active and contributing member of the National English Honor Society and Student Council.
She is currently attending Flight School on a James C. Ray Scholarship and is working to earn her pilot license. She can fly a small, single-engine aircraft preferably a Cessna 150 or 172. Caroline intends to attend college to study aviation as her ultimate career goal is to be a commercial pilot.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Caroline, and this is what she shared with us:
NEPG: Which grade are you attending right now? Caroline: I am currently attending 12th grade.
NEPG: What leadership position are you responsible for?
Caroline: I am President of Spanish Honor Society, Treasurer of National Honor Society, Co-Founder and Executive Board Member for 100 Teens Who Care Lakeland, and Captain of the Cross Country and Track teams.
NEPG: Tell us about how your leadership approach has influenced others around you.
Caroline: As a leader, I do my best to make sure everyone feels comfortable to voice their own opinion. In that respect, I feel like I have influenced others to become more active in whatever they pursue. Hard work and integrity are contagious attributes- in my opinion- and I hope that I have inspired others around me to push limitations and expectations with setting more ambitious goals.
NEPG: What are your plans for the rest of the school year?
Caroline: My plans for the rest of the year include finishing up earning my Private Pilot’s license, developing 100 Teens Who Care Lakeland, and enjoying my Lakeland community before I leave for college next year. Cross-country season just finished up, so I will be focusing on the upcoming track season now. I am excited to further grow the clubs I am involved in so that a steady foundation is left for others to continue improving.
NEPG: What would be your message for younger kids who are planning on taking a leader's role within their school/community?
Caroline: Explore as many activities as you can, and become further involved in the ones you find most interesting and best for you. Dare to be passionate. Be more than just a member of a club or team. Additionally, strive to inspire your peers by setting a reliable example. In doing these things, you personally will receive more than you give. I believe as a leader that seeing your peers’ development and success is one of the greatest rewards to be received.