Ladue Horton Watkins High School junior Jerome Gregory was honored at the Marquette Invitational (speech and debate tournament) with the I Speak for Others Award. The award honors a student who uses skills gained through speech and debate and uses them to positively impact his/her community.
Jerome was nominated for his work as a RISE mentor at the high school. RISE works with African-American students to give them the skills necessary to be successful in high school. Jerome’s work as a RISE mentor includes running meetings for students, educating parents on the school and programs for students, and mentoring younger African-American students. His role requires him to be an outstanding student, a model citizen, and a student with strong morals and values. He must be persuasive, articulate, and understanding. He must listen to those peers that challenge or question him and persuade them to utilize his ideas and approach to issues or problems.
Jerome is also nominated for his work with the Youth Council of the NAACP on the Dred Scott Statue Campaign. Jerome feels very strongly that this piece of Missouri and national history is not recognized. The campaign is working to bring a statute of Dred Scott to be placed in front of the Old Courthouse. Jerome is actively campaigning for this project and must constantly rely on his speech and debate skills to be successful.
In his letter of nomination, it was noted that when Jerome sees a problem he does not simply think something should be done – he actively ensures something is done.
Jerome was honored with a plaque and recognition during the award ceremony at the Marquette Invitational. He will also receive $150 to donate to a cause of his choice. Jerome will be representing the Ladue School District and Ladue Horton Watkins High School at the NFL Congressional Debate District Tournament, MSHSAA District Tournament, and the NFL Speech and Debate Tournament — he hopes to qualify to the state and/or national tournament(s).