Peer Leaders- Leading the Way

The Saint James School High School is proud to continue the tradition of the Peer Leader Program for all incoming STJ freshmen. Each new 9th grader is paired with a senior student who embodies compassion, school spirit, strong communication, and love for learning. These students are known as the Peer Leaders.

Peer Leaders oversee small-group advisory sessions during the first semester of the school year and help facilitate a smooth transition into high school.

Each summer, the selected seniors attend a retreat training to learn how to be Peer Leaders. Since the kick-off at the retreat, all of the Peer Leaders have been ready and willing to work hard and prepare for the 9th graders. June Garzon, high school counselor and Peer Leader advisor, is thrilled with this year's peer leader group and the work they have done to welcome our high school Trojans.



The peer leader retreat helped me to better understand what being a leader truly is. It taught me how to explore things beyond my comfort zone and allowed me experience new things in the process.
— India Bond, senior
2019-2020 Peer Leaders: Trinity Goff, Joe Higgins, India Bond, Gracie Sullivan, Nayoon Kang, Katie Leigh Smith, Andrew Sadie

2019-2020 Peer Leaders: Trinity Goff, Joe Higgins, India Bond, Gracie Sullivan, Nayoon Kang, Katie Leigh Smith, Andrew Sadie

The Peer Leader Retreat was held at Butter & Egg Adventures in Troy, AL on Aug. 4 and 5. The students participated in various team building activities and learned how to be effective leaders.


On Friday, Aug. 16, the Peer Leaders guided the 9th graders through various exercises and assisted and encouraged the 9th graders throughout the day. Students practiced communication, positive decision making, collaboration and working together, and had a blast getting to know each other!

The Saint James School Peer Leader program is designed to enhance the freshman experience within a framework of organized activities, experiences, and discussions.

STJ Class of 2023

STJ Class of 2023

The Peer Leader Retreat was so rewarding because I got to see the students in my advisory open up and try new things. The best part is they had fun while doing it!
— Gracie Sullivan, senior

Frittatas, and Salsa, and Treats, Oh My!

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I love cooking club! It is fun to expand my palette
— Virginia Braswell, sophomore


STJ Cooking Club, lead by English and journalism teacher, Dr. Catherine Winn, meets during high school advisory period bi-weekly. Dr. Winn focuses on using real, fresh ingredients. Students create tasty meals, appetizers, and desserts.

I want to empower my students to feed themselves and others. Food is universal.
— Dr. Catherine Winn, Cooking Club advisor
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Quick Broccoli and Egg Frittata

  • cooking spray

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tbsp cottage cheese

  • 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese 

  • 1/3 cup finely diced broccoli

  • 2 tbs cooked breakfast sausage

  • a pinch each of salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg 

Lightly spray the inside of a coffee mug with cooking spray and crack the eggs into the mug. Scramble. Add the other ingredients and stir until combined. Microwave on high for 30 seconds then stir. Microwave for 30 seconds more and stir again or until eggs are fully set. Enjoy! ( 200-300 calories depending on variation, with 19- 21 grams of protein per mug)

I joined cooking club because I thought it would be fun... and so when I go to college I won’t live off Ramen!
— Alexander McHorne, junior

Girls in Stride!


The girls are on the run! GOTR is a physical activity-based development program that inspires 3rd-5th grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The program uses a fun and experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running with serving the community. The Saint James School GOTR team meets twice a week for 10 weeks. Our runners complete a Community Impact Project and run a Celebratory 5K at the end of the season.

I can’t say enough positive things about GOTR. I just finished coaching my 5th season and I am looking forward to the 6th! I love building relationships with the girls; more than anything, I love being able to see them realize what they are capable of - and do it with grace. As a coach, it is my role to lead and guide them, but they make a tremendous impact on me. I am so thankful to be able to be part of GOTR!
— Ann Aman, GOTR sponsor and STJ Alumni and Development Director
I absolutely loved Girls on the Run. Each week, we would get a lesson on how to deal with different issues. The coaches were so awesome and made everyone feel included. We got to meet other girls from different grades and meet new people. We ran each week and got better and better. I was proud to run the 5k- GOTR was one of my favorite things about Saint James.
— Meg Stough, GOTR participant and new STJ 5th grader