First SPHS student receives Character In Action award

ALABASTER – J’Ron Jenkins became the first Spain Park High School student to receive a Character In Action award from the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition at its meeting on Wednesday, March 21.

Shelby County Schools Social Worker Emily Littrell said Character In Action was created by District Court Judge Jim Kramer along with the District Attorney’s office, the juvenile court system and local school systems.

“This is the first month we are expanding into the Hoover school system, and we’re so excited about that,” Littrell said.

The award is based solely on strength of character and not tied to academics or athletics, Littrell said.

Character traits encouraged include respect, responsibility, citizenship, fairness, perseverance, courage and self-discipline.

Organizers also thought it was important to recognize the students’ parents for their efforts, and Jenkins’ mother Xaviera Roper was on hand for the presentation.

Spain Park High School Assistant Principal Josh Britnell described Jenkins, a senior, as self-motivated.

“He is well known for his good choices and work ethic,” Britnell said. “J’Ron promotes positive energy in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. He is always willing to take on new or unfamiliar assignments and lend a helping hand to others if needed.

“He is a quiet leader among his peers and often leads by example. He always refers to peers and adults in a respectful way. He is known to be a very responsible and dependable student.”

Jenkins has been involved with the Peer Helper program, was a leader in the school’s Pink Week efforts and competes in track and field.

Roper said Jenkins has displayed strong character since a young age.

“There’s nothing I ask him to do that he doesn’t accept as a challenge,” Roper said.

Jenkins said he was appreciative of the award but does not seek recognition.

“The things I do, I don’t do it for attention,” Jenkins said.