Davenport - This month, on The Student Leader of the Month, we want to feature a student from Ridge Community High School. Ladies an Gentlemen, meet Ms. Nahessa Smith. We had the pleasure of interviewing Nahessa, and this is what she shared with us:
NEPG: Which grade are you attending right now?
Nahessa: I am currently in 11th grade.
NEPG: What leadership position are you responsible for?
Nahessa: The leadership position that I am responsible for right now outside of my family, is a member of the Ridge Community High School girls’ basketball team. I am often looked at and referred to as the defensive leader. I am often tasked with guarding the best person or the best players on the opposing team. I enjoy my defensive duties because it proves that you don’t have to be the tallest, the strongest or score any points. Defense is all about heart.
NEPG: Tell us about how your leadership approach has influenced others around you. Nahessa: My leadership approach has always been to lead by example and to stand for what’s right, even if I’m standing alone.
I think that it is easy to be a follower, it takes no effort to do what everyone else is doing. It’s tough to be a leader. I always try to lead by example with my family, on my sports team, and within my community.
NEPG: What are your plans for the rest of the school year?
Nahessa: My plan is to maintain good grades and not let anything distract me from that; just stay focused.
NEPG: What would be your message for younger kids who are planning on taking a leader's role within their school?
Nahessa: My message for the young kids in the community who want to take on a leadership role is to stay true to yourself, don’t allow others to influence you out of your comfort zone; be a leader, not a follower.