Aaron Jackson

Aaron Jackson

Hometown: Grayslake, Ill.
High School: Grayslake Central High School
Intended major: Political science and public policy
Possible career: Journalist, professor, politician, speech writer

Inspired by daily observations and critical thinking alike, Aaron passionately pursues the task of promoting greater social engagement amongst peers for both current and future issues. He volunteers regularly for the YWCA and its annual "Race against Racism," a 5k run across Lake County dedicated to taking a stand against both race and gender discrimination.

In the summer of 2009, he attended the People to People Leadership Summit on "Learning to Lead" at Harvard University and spoke in front of over 500 people from 15 different countries and all 7 continents about what leadership means today. Aaron played for and managed the high school basketball program for 3 years while also playing both single and doubles tennis for 4 years. He was a member of the National Honors Society, President of his high school class all four years, and captain of the Debate Team his senior year. He was a key contributor for both the literary magazine and Black Student Union for two years respectively. Aaron plans to become a political analyst, researcher and speech writer.