Students Exemplify Strengths of CPS Initiatives
When it comes to his education, Isaiah Jones wants to win – both in the classroom and on the basketball court.
A senior at Woodward Career Technical High School, this sought-after point guard is also in the top 5 percent of his class and has seen interest from a number of colleges, including Ivy League schools. He’s an athletics team captain, attends leadership training and works at a summer camp for youth. He makes his accomplishments look easy but in reality pours in the effort to turn talent into success.
“All the programs in my school have been a great experience these past few years,” Isaiah says. “After college if I don’t go into professional basketball, I’d like to go into architecture or graphic design. One of our programs is a tech program that focuses on construction, how to read blueprints, run a work site, use tools properly and I really enjoy it. It’s very hands on, and those type of classes help you see what kinds of fields you want to go into after college.”
When he’s not busy in his tech program, Isaiah hits the books for human geography and AP English. He’s a member of the Men Organized Respectful and Educated Program in Cincinnati Public Schools, which instills leadership skills and strong character.
“We go into the community and give back,” says Isaiah. “We host different events like father-son lunch and father-daughter lunch, do things for students within CPS and for people in the community in general.”
Isaiah also gives back to the community in other ways, such as volunteering as a youth basketball coach. The effort is a great model of how CPS encourages students to learn collaboration skills so they’ll be comfortable working in teams, sharing responsibility and making joint decisions. “I help coach with my dad,” says Isaiah. “We volunteer at the schools and have a youth team that comes in and plays with us. I’ve been doing that for a few years now, since middle school. I enjoy watching the players grow as they improve their skills and I try to be a good role model.”
Though his senior season is still ahead of him, this point guard is already a clear winner.