Jefferson Award Winners
January Jefferson Award Winner: Hannah Poplack
November Jefferson Award Winner: Audrey Grimes
October Jefferson Award Winner: Anali Alegria
September Jefferson Award Winner: David Rathmann-Bloch
Look for an expanded Leadership Program site soon. For now, we have posted information about the Jefferson Awards for Public Service at San Mateo High School. You can download this Program Overview (PDF, Word), and the Nomination Form (PDF, Word).
NOMINEE FORMS DUE
Last Monday of each month to Mrs. Catalli
(Use the main office mail box for Mrs. Catalli
or hand deliver to room A001)
In May 2005 we implemented The Jefferson Awards “Students in Action” here at San Mateo High School. We are in the fifth year of our Seven-Year Plan for the SMHS Students in Action to recognize and promote community service by San Mateo High School Students, Parents and other stake-holders.
What are the Jefferson Awards?
In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard founded the American Institute for Public Service, a public foundation, to establish a Nobel Prize for public and community service - The Jefferson Awards.
The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. National award recipients represent a "Who's Who" of outstanding Americans. On the local level, Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward.
In 1977 the Jefferson Awards began a Media Partnership through which local newspapers and television stations ran major promotions dramatizing local “Unsung Heroes.” In the first year they began with 12 Media Partners. Today they have 147 Media Partners in 93 communities, including CBS-5 in San Francisco.
What role does San Mateo High School play?
In order to increase exposure on the local level, the Jefferson Awards recently decided to launch the Students in Action initiative in over six urban markets in the U.S., San Mateo is taking a lead role as one of the first of 40 schools to begin implementation in the Bay Area. San Mateo essentially works with the local media partners as an influential proponent of public service, as well as an avenue through which members of the San Mateo community – students, teachers, staff, and parents – are themselves recognized for public service and presented with Jefferson Awards. A selection committee selects one student each month to recognize at our monthly Renaissance Recognition Rallies. The winners are also celebrated each spring at our annual celebration for The Jefferson Awards. San Mateo is in turn recognized by its local media partners, and as a National Leadership School by the organization. In the past, we have earned “Best in Bay Area” and the “Gold Level” as a member of the Students in Action Program.
Who coordinates the program at San Mateo High School?
The program is coordinated and overseen by the advisor of the Leadership Class, the Jefferson Awards “Students in Action Team”
• Student Program Coordinators: The Executive Leaders of the Students In Action
Who nominates and selects the Jefferson Award winners?
The bulk of the activity related to the program is tracking service hours and the nomination, selection of the award recipients. A committee was created for this purpose. Members of the “JA Students in Action” committee include:
• Student Program Coordinator(s) - Sarah Rossi and Rachel Royce
and other JA SIA team members
• Green Project Chairperson -Kiana Woodward
• Junior Class Reps - Eric Hu, Jean Fan and Angela Lu
• Representative of the Parent Teacher Organization - Mrs. Zongus (PTO President)
• Interact Advisor and Foster City Rotarian - Greg Kuhl
• Community Service Commissioners -Annie Livingston and Simon Peter
• Current Leadership Teacher -Sara Catalli
The committee may continually modify the nomination and selection process. All of the recipients will be honored at a monthly rally where they will receive the official Jefferson Award Certificates of Excellence and again at school-wide Spring Awards Night wear they receive their lapel-pin replicas of the national seal. Profiles of award-winners are also highlighted in the parent bulletin, school website and on the Jefferson Awards SIA Display Board.
*As winners are selected, their names are forwarded to our contact at CBS 5 for regional and national consideration. San Mateo High shall communicate whenever necessary with its media partners and Bay Area Director for the Jefferson Awards, Barbara Hirst.
How do the Jefferson Awards/”Students in Action” tie into the Leadership programs and the ASB mission at San Mateo?
As it does on the national level, the award serves not only to recognize a select group of “unsung heroes”, but also to advocate public service and inspire everyone in the San Mateo High School family to get involved. The message goes hand in hand with the strong culture of community service that is being cultivated at San Mateo through its unequaled community service projects like the award-winning Canned Food Drive, Blood Drive, on campus collaboration and fundraising events such as the Talent Show. More specifically, the program encourages the development of “Leadership”, “Social Justice” and “Global Awareness”.
How does San Mateo benefit from a partnership with the Jefferson Awards?
- Currently nine students will be selected annually as official winners of the Jefferson Award certificate.
- Partnership with the organization strengthens the growing culture of community service learning at San Mateo High.
- San Mateo High School is publicly recognized as a Leadership School by local media affiliates.
- San Mateo High School will be presented with a large National Leadership School banner by the organization.
- In the Fall of 2011 we were recognized for excellence in the area of “Fighting Hunger” by the National Service Challenge, part of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service
Other materials and information available at “Jefferson Awards headquarters”
• Official Jefferson Awards information pamphlets, brochures and videos
• The “Help Desk for Help”; a binder of service opportunities in the Bay Area
All JA SIA MATERIALS AVAILABLE in the Leadership Room –A001