(Editor’s Note: Katelyn Borsos is a senior at South Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto South Plainfield.)

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- During his South Plainfield High School (SPHS) career, senior James Joyner served as class secretary for three years and is currently Student Council President.

Although it is often difficult to create common ground between everyone, Joyner said working and communicating with students and staff is what he likes best about being president.

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“I enjoy working with the students and staff in SPHS,” Joyner said. “I want to make our school better for future students.”

This year, Joyner has helped to organize pep rallies, blood drives, and gives presentations to the general student body in other local elementary schools. He is currently finalizing the details for upcoming spring events, including the Gold Card picnic and another blood drive. Although the date is currently undecided, the students of SPHS who have received a Gold Card at least once, awarded to honor roll students at the end of each quarter with no outstanding fines or suspensions, are eligible to attend the Gold Card picnic at the end of the year.

Throughout his four years at SPHS, Joyner has played the mallets with the school’s marching band and, for two years, played with the junior varisty tennis team. Additionally, he has participated in Student Leadership and DECA.

Joyner plans to attend Rutgers University in the fall and hopes to earn a bachelor's degree in English and become a teacher. In the future, Joyner said he would also like to pursue a master’s in English education and a doctorate in educational theory and organization policy.

Joyner credits Kelly Butrico, his sophomore year intro to business teacher, with teaching him useful public speaking skills and is thankful to both DECA advisor Kayla Bryant-Khanutin, and SPHS Principal Ronnie Spring, for their efforts in helping him become a better leader.

“Stand firm and be sure of yourself,” Joyner advises other students aspiring a run for student council, adding, “Good communication is key.”

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