John Lewis Receives Well Wishes from Richard Montgomery Student Leaders

Student leaders involved in Richard Montgomery High School’s Jaguar Scholars Leadership Program (JSLP) have nothing but respect for the civil rights icon John Lewis.

In March 2019, Jerome Price, the faculty coordinator and founder of JSLP, took his student leaders on a field trip to the U.S. Capitol to meet with U.S. Rep. Lewis (D-Ga.).

Price said when his students found out Lewis is fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, they sent him a pop-up card with personal messages. The card has a pop-up chicken, as Lewis previously told the students he wanted to be a preacher when he was young and would preach to his chickens. His office even displays pictures and “collectibles” of chickens, Price said. 

The student leaders were more than excited by Lewis’ photos with their card.

When I shared the picture of him with our card to my Jaguar Scholars, they were overwhelmed!” Price said.

Students were as touched as they were excited.

“It really warms my heart that he looks so happy with our card,” said JSLP President and sophomore Aaron Oginni. “It was a bit surreal meeting someone I never imagined I would meet.”

“We might not be able to help him medically, but we can tell him how much he means,” said vice president and sophomore Carmela De Llano Hernandez. 

— MyMCMedia staff reporter Deirdre Byrne contributed to this report.

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Maryam Shahzad

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Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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