Student Leadership

As one of six Habits of Mind & Heart, leadership is an essential component of the Whitfield experience. Opportunities big and small, formal and informal, exist in and out of classrooms. From making a “happy birthday” announcement in Assembly to managing one of more than 20 student-led organizations, all students grow in confidence and poise during their time at Whitfield.

Cultivating the Confidence to Lead
Whitfield is a college prep school that approaches the fulfillment of its mission through character education.  We develop character in our students by practicing the Habits of Mind and Heart.  One of the six Habits is Leadership.  Cultivating the confidence in our students to step up as leaders happens in formal and informal ways.
 

With our classrooms organized by department rather than grade level, students of all ages interact daily as they walk the halls of our building.  As our young students look up to our older students, Upper School students lead by example and in doing so, shape the values of our school community.

In addition to traditional leadership positions like Student Council membership and athletic team captains, Whitfield students lead extracurricular clubs, classroom discussions, and parent-teacher conferences.

In a student body of our size, every student plays an important role in our school community.  There is room and opportunity for all students to hold leadership positions, as well as to participate in a wide variety of activities from athletics to dramatic productions to dozens of student-led clubs.  Whitfield students take pride in being involved, and embrace trying new things.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Whitfield’s flagship leadership opportunities include representation on Student Council and Honor Council.  Students in both groups, as well as others, participate in the Leadership Development Series to receive formal training for their roles.

Honor Code: As a member of the Whitfield Community we believe in sustaining and promoting a high level of personal honor and integrity. We are committed to academic excellence and social responsibility and to demonstrating respect, honesty and scholarship. As individuals, we assume the responsibility to preserve the ethical, academic and moral values of the community. The success of this Honor Code depends upon trustworthy behavior on the part of all involved.

STUDENT LEADERS

Participation in clubs, organizations, and the leadership curriculum delivered through the Leadership Development Series and the Habits of Mind & Heart curriculum, develop skills in all of our students —accountability, effective management, and an appreciation of others—that they will lean upon throughout their lives.

A'dia Dickerson ’22

Co-Leader, Diversity Council

A'dia Dickerson, Class of 2022

A'dia Dickerson ’22

Co-Leader, Diversity Council

"I am one of the leaders of the Diversity Council and one of the students on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task force – two groups that discuss topics I am both passionate about and eager to implement in the Whitfield community. I am very grateful to be a part of a community that supports students of different interests and opinions and encourages leadership in whatever field they choose."

Juhi Roy '25

8th Grade Representative, Student Council

Juhi Roy, Class of 2025

Juhi Roy '25

8th Grade Representative, Student Council

"This is my second year serving on Student Council. Through my experience as a grade level representative, I have learned to adjust my leadership approach per the situation. I am more open-minded, listen to others, and have improved my skills as a student and a leader.”

MIchael Koman '22

11th Grade Representative, Student Council

Michael Koman '22

10th Grade Representative, Student Council

"My experience as a Student Council representative has taught me so much about my class and how to get people to work together to achieve our goals." 

Savannah Harris ’22

Varsity Dance Team

Savannah Harris, Class of 2022

Savannah Harris ’22

Varsity Dance Team

“I am active in the Secret Voice, our literary magazine, and am a member of the varsity dance team. I tackle new leadership opportunities with excitement and positivity. Freshman year, I choreographed and taught an entire dance routine to my grade for our Homecoming lip sync. I am approaching my junior and senior years with enthusiasm and courage to put myself out there with an eagerness to collaborate and use my voice.”