RIISE Spotlight: Jubilee Johnson – School President @ Greenwich Academy!

At a recent Greenwich Academy Parents of Color event, RIISE had the good fortune to meet an extraordinary young lady, Jubilee Johnson, a rising senior recently elected as school president! Jubilee’s personality is infectious. We are happy to introduce you to what inspires her and makes her so darn jubilant! Parent involvement has something to do with it.
An #indyschoolgirlofcolor on the move! Please share her with your daughters.


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Who is your favorite author?
I love to read, so it’s hard to narrow down my favorite author! If given the option of choosing two, I’d go with Esmeralda Santiago and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I recommend everyone pick up a book by at least one of these wonderful women!

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food… I’d have to say it’s a cross between loaded lasagna and a plate of my grandmother’s rice and beans.

What are you most excited about for your senior year?
I’m excited to be at the top of the food chain. As a senior wearing red clothing, a college sweatshirt, driving to school and getting an abundance of food throughout the day are all privileges that I’ve been waiting for since ninth grade. They may not seem like much, but it matters to someone who once had a senior yell at her for transgressing the sacred “privileges.”

What has been your most challenging subject/class and how did you overcome the challenge?
Tackling AP Spanish has been one of my biggest challenges. But to overcome the difficulty it helps a lot to submerge yourself in the language. Watch movies, listen to music, and talk out loud to your parents in Spanish (even if they may not understand you). I’m telling you–get creative and you’ll see how far you imagination takes your grades.

So, you ran and won the seat of school president at GA, what made you decide to run? What was your platform? What sort of legacy do you want to leave at GA as school president?
I decided to run because I’ve been at GA all my life and wanted to carve out a niche for myself at the school. Also, I thought it would be pretty nice to call a few shots. I suppose my platform was a bit generic: be yourself! As for a legacy, I want to establish new traditions at the school. These traditions I speak of? I’m not sure what exactly they are now, but the creative juices are definitely flowing…

What wisdom can you pass along to up and coming indy school girls of color?
I would tell them to embrace themselves! Though it may appear intimidating to attend a predominantly white school, know that you are a unique individual who does not need to change herself in order to fit the bill. Differences are interesting, and the norm overrated.

What advantages do you feel an indy school education has offered you?
One advantage of an independent school is the abundance of resources. Anything you need to support a particular passion is provided for. And if this is not the case, ask and you will receive!

Finally, how important has it been to you to have your parent’s involvement at GA?
My parents look out for my best interest. So even though I may not understand what their actions mean in the short term, their long term involvement, support, and love is what’s kept me on the right track all these years.

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