Student Body President Jenkins Promotes Service
March 30th, 2009
By Kaitlyn Czajkowski
Justin Jenkins, 2008-09 student body president (R), with freshman Alan Carrillo
When Justin Jenkins decided to run for Patrick Henry Student Body President, he did so with three main goals in mind: to enhance communication between the school and students, to plan and host campus events, and to engage the school in community involvement.
Now nearing the end of his year-long term as President, Jenkins' activities have showcased his desire to serve those around him—both the students at PHC and the local community. Recently, Jenkins made plans to hold bi-monthly “roundtable” meetings where students and senators can come together to discuss and plan different events and community projects. While senators already meet for official senate meetings every month, Jenkins had hoped that the roundtable events would serve to promote unity and communication among students and senators.
“My vision for the Patrick Henry student body is to be a light in this community,” Jenkins said. Through the direction of the Community Involvement Commission, chaired by PHC junior Kyndra Jamison, PHC students have actively participated in past community outreach projects—from picking up trash along the roads and highways in Purcellville to raising over $1,000 for Purcellville’s Centennial book fund and hosting a writing contest for students between the ages of 12 and 18. The Community Involvement Commission has done an “absolutely phenomenal job” by engaging the students within the community, Jenkins said.
Jenkins, a Senior American Politics and Policy Major, has a vision for influencing American culture. This vision is what sparked his desire to attend Patrick Henry, and it has driven his actions in student government and community service since then. When Jenkins first explored colleges, he searched for one grounded on a biblical worldview that would equip him to work in the legal arena. "PHC fit the bill perfectly," he said.
Sensing God's calling, Jenkins applied only to PHC. "Praise the Lord I was accepted!" he said.
Jenkins believes that the knowledge of American government which he received at PHC will serve him well as he pursues a legal career to help "shape the landscape of American culture." This fall, Jenkins plans to take the LSAT, and next year he plans to begin law school. After graduating from PHC this May, Jenkins hopes to spend the year in the greater D.C. area, working as a paralegal or for a non-profit organization.
Eventually, Jenkins hopes to make an impact in the legal field, either as a lawyer, or maybe even as a judge. But for right now, his vision of service remains focused on a smaller scale.
Student government is truly a job of service, Jenkins said, adding that “whether you are a literature major or a government major, student government provides an opportunity to share your opinion, be involved, and impact the campus and community.”
Student government is “both for those who enjoy the political process and for those who want to serve,” he adds. “Leading the nation and shaping the culture begins in your own backyard."