This February, Jarrid S.—a Teen Leadership Program participant—was awarded the KMOX Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award from Southeast Missouri State. The award seeks to recognize an outstanding St. Louis area high school senior who has demonstrated the potential for academic achievement, leadership, and a commitment to their community. Jarrid’s proactive and responsible attitude makes him an excellent example of a young person who overcame difficulty.

Though still in high school, Jarrid has essentially been an independent adult since 2010. Since then, he has been responsible for every aspect of his life, from securing a place to live to maintaining his high GPA. Even through the new and unexpected responsibilities of independence, Jarrid maintains a resilient, positive outlook about his plans for the future. “Jarrid is more responsible and driven than most adults I know,” said Tim Kjellesvik, Director of TLP. “He never makes excuses, he just makes things happen.”

Jarrid not only makes things happen through his involvement in TLP, but also at Northwest High School. Jarrid balances membership in the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America with participation in his school’s football, wrestling, and track & field teams. Outside of school, his commitment to service prompted him to volunteer over 200 hours to his church throughout the duration of his high school career.

From his accomplishments to his personal drive to succeed, Jarrid was easily the best candidate for the KMOX scholarship. We at Wyman are proud to honor him and wish him the best at Southeast Missouri State, next year!

Check out Jarrid’s original teen profile here.

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