Photo credit: Michelle Papa/Jefferson Township High School

The JTHS Positivity Project was inspired by other schools throughout the nation that were highlighting their amazing students and staff. When I saw some of the other videos, I knew right away this was something Jefferson Township High School must do. We have wonderful students, so I knew our teachers, counselors, and administrators would be eager for an opportunity to recognize them in such a fun and spirited way. Also, we have an extremely talented video production department, led by Mr. Kazanfer, that we relied on for support.

I collaborated with one of our school counselors, Mrs. Alkon, to organize the filming and we got right to work! The biggest challenge I heard was that our staff found it difficult to choose just one student. Some of them chose a whole class, club, or group so they could recognize more students. While filming took a lot of organizing and was emotional for both the students and staff, we were able to finish up in early March. Mrs. Alkon and I were fully prepared to learn our editing software, but senior student Landon Buell jumped at the opportunity to edit. In just a few months, we were able to create a beautiful video that truly demonstrates the school community here at JTHS. We are so proud of the efforts of all involved and the optimism the Positivity Project has inspired.

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Story and Video provided by Michelle Papa, Assistant Principal, Student Leadership at Jefferson Township High School

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