The Club also awarded Justice McLane a certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Academics at North Salem High School. Justice arrived at North Salem High School during his ninth grade year. His first year at, Justice only spoke when a staff member asked a question. He required prompts to start assignments, get a pencil or paper, stay on task, and follow his schedule. In class discussions, Justice did not participate and often did not realize the topic of discussion. The only question he asked with frequency is, “When does school end?” Justice did not seem comfortable in class.
Justice is now a senior who will graduate this June. The school staff has been thrilled with the amount of progress he has made over the last four years! Justice now engages with peers, asks questions, tells jokes, and can independently get into his CDL classes. Justice can recall information learned from current and past lessons. What a memory! Perhaps the most amazing change in Justice is his ability to advocate for himself in so many ways, as well as being able to thoughtfully plan for his future.
Justice is on the autism spectrum. The progress he has made in the last four years is exceptional and way beyond his teachers’ expectations. Justice also recognizes his progress and has even stated that he is proud of himself. The school is going to miss him next year, but he will fly with his independent wings. It is Justice’s time to soar!