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East St. Louis student honored by the state for volunteering

East St. Louis advocate Zorina “Ann” Brown and District 189 honor student Jha’Shaira Farmer have been honored by the state for their community service.
East St. Louis advocate Zorina “Ann” Brown and District 189 honor student Jha’Shaira Farmer have been honored by the state for their community service.

An honor student from East St. Louis District 189 is one of two people in Southern Illinois to be honored by the state for community service.

Jha’Shaira Farmer, a senior at East St. Louis Senior High School, won a 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

According to a news release from District 189, Jha’Shaira was nominated because of her work with East Side Aligned, which promotes health and safety and prepares East St. Louis children for school and work.

Jha’Shaira has a 4.3 GPA, putting her in the top 2 percent of her class. She’s the senior class president, student council president, vice president for the International Beta Society and a member of the National Honor Society.

She also serves on the District 189 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board and is an active member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church

In the future, Jha’Shaira plans to pursue a career as a federal judge and an entrepreneur, the release states.

The other winner from Southern Illinois was Zorina “Ann” Brown, who was nominated for volunteering with East St. Louis Senior High School students as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, according to the release.

Brown developed a six-week soft-skills curriculum that focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, interview and workplace etiquette, resume assistance and professional communication. So far, 47 students have completed the curriculum.

Lexi Cortes: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes

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