Tuscaloosa City Schools, along with Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa, Legal Services of Alabama and Child Abuse Prevention Services, will highlight and recognize Rising Star Character Students of the Month from each school in the district during the 2022-2023 school year. Each month, two to three outstanding TCS students will be highlighted in this series.

Jamille Winters uses her talents as a student leader to demonstrate good character to students at Paul W. Bryant High School.

Winters was shocked to know she was selected to receive the award, which was presented to her Tuesday afternoon at Bryant's senior assembly.

"Being selected as a Rising Star means so much to me because it solidifies the importance of what it means to be a community leader and not only a leader to other, but yourself," Winters said. "You learn how to be kind to people, be nice, be warm-hearted and not only to observe but act."

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Winters, who is among the top academic students in her senior class, is an active member of the Stampede community where she serves in numerous capacities.

Winters serves as the president of Mu Alpha Theta, Japanese Culture Club, and the math club, is a Five Star Stampede Representative, member of the Bryant Student Government Association and is a library assistant.

Winters said being an active member of the Bryant community helped shape her to demonstrate good character inside and outside of school.

"Being involved teaches you to have integrity not just in a school building but also integrity at home," Winters said. "You have to learn to adapt and learn to adjust and being inside a community, like Bryant, teaches the importance of learning and bonding with people so that you can continue those connections outside of school."

Upon graduation, Winters will be attending the University of Alabama on a full-ride scholarship and plans to major in business administration.

Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for future updates on the final profiles for the Rising Star Character Student of the Month series as the school year wraps up.

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