Chapter 93 – Barstow High School
Adviser Andrea Stetler
Jamaal Willis is a student at Barstow High School where he is the president of his CSF chapter. With CSF he has participated in Honor Day, Club Rush, and coordinated events with virtual speakers from institutions like Columbia and Yale. Jamal is also the ASB president, and Captain of the Mock Trial team. He is a member of CLEW Club (Community Leadership Empowerment Workshop), Key Club, and PRISM. Athletically, he is the varsity captain in track and field, and a varsity football player. Jamaal is an activist for the ACLU, and the NAACP, and is a staff member for Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership. Other volunteer activities he has been involved in are a virtual town hall, the Barstow County Library, the Veterans Home of California, and Student Voices/R.E.A.C.H.
Jamaal has received many accolades and awards, among which are the AP Scholar Award, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and a Certificate of Commendation from the California State Assembly. While studying, volunteering, and playing sports, Jamaal has also been an intern for a California Assemblyman, an AP Live Streamer, and worked 50 hours a week as a thrift store assistant.
Andrea Stetler, Jamaal’s CSF Adviser, states that Jamaal embodies the CSF motto of “Scholars for Service”, “His school and community service is motivated by a strong sense of social justice and compassion.”
California Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson wrote Jamaal’s community letter of recommendation. Mr. Gipson sees Jamaal as very passionate, and “…he has demonstrated the skills, experience and commitment needed in helping residents…and played an important role in addressing community issues by volunteering countless hours as an intern.”
Although faced with life challenges, Jamaal says in his personal statement, “…I’ve learned to accept myself…I demand to be heard and am steadfast in making future generations matter.” Jamaal’s motto is “I do what I do not for myself but for those around me and the betterment of my community.”
Jamaal hopes to attend either Stanford University or Harvard University, majoring in Political Science and International Relations.