A family legacy of being special in education that begin decades ago was continued this past week when Chatham resident, Alexander (A.J.) Woodard, was been named a Junior National Young Leader. Woodard who attends the 5th grade at Pinecrest Elementary in West Monroe was nominated by his teacher, Anna Whiteman.
Woodard is a direct descendant of Jasper and Ida Henderson, who in the early 1950’s donated the land where the former Jasper Henderson High School in Chatham sits, so that the youth in the area could have a quality education.
Chatham Mayor, Gregory Harris knew the school benefactors and says that A.J. would have made them proud and is a “chip off the block.”
“I have never seen a fifth grader who has acheived as A.J. has done at this level,” said Harris. “He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) the whole time he has been at Pinecrest and continues the family tradition of setting and acheiving high standards”
It is not just the outstanding GPA that sets Woodard apart.
“He is a very humble, respectful, considerate and accomidating young man,” continued Harris. “He loves to read and do all kinds of activities to broaden his education. He is a great representative of the Town of Chatham and we are fortunate to have him in our midst.”
As such a talented, young man who is dedicated to his education like Woodard is doesn’t come around very often, Harris would like to see the residents of Chatham and Jackson Parish give their encouragement to him through financial support to help ensure that his dreams can become reality.
“As Mayor of Chatham, I think we need to make investments in our youth, especially the ones who strive so hard to acheive,” said Harris. “As result, an account has been set up for A.J. at Peoples Bank in Chatham as I believe by investing in him will bring great dividends to our community later on.”
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