Student Leadership

Student listening in class

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.

Leadership Development Series

In 2018, Whitfield launched the Leadership Development Series, to provide formal leadership skills training to students in grades 7 – 12 who have been identified as current or rising leadership by Whitfield’s faculty and staff.  The learning objectives for the extracurricular class include learning one’s personal leadership style and how to leverage their strengths, how to effectively lead a group of peers, and how to put into action the Habits of Mind & Heart.

This Series is facilitated by Dr. Anna Warbelow, Director of Equity & Inclusion and Mrs. Barbara Sams, Director of College Counseling & Steward Scholars Coordinator.

Student Council

Student Council serves as the voice of the student body, upholds the standards and guidelines of the school, promote school responsibility, and serves as a vehicle for community outreach and the recognition of students.

Honor Council

Members of the Honor Council collaborate with Whitfield Administrators to discuss issues related to the Honor Code.  

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.

Max Wild '20

Co-President, Honor Council

Max Wild '20

Co-President, Honor Council

"My experience as an Honor Council leader has taught me that the principles of the Honor Code are deeply embedded in the culture of Whitfield. Students embrace the Code with integrity and value the qualities of honesty, loyalty, and support of one another."

Grace Farr '20

Co-President, Honor Council

Grace Farr '20

Co-President, Honor Council

"This will be my fifth year serving on Honor Council. The experience has given me a much broader perspective of our school and a deeper appreciation for the work our teachers do every day."

MIchael Koman '22

10th 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." 

Kylie Wagner '20

President, Senior Class

Kylie Wagner '20

President, Senior Class

"As a Student Council leader I have my grade depending on me. Not everyone can be in Student Council so I am the one who needs to get their ideas out. This has helped me step up in other classes and outside activities because I know I can be a leader."