Class of 2022 member has been a passionate, vocal leader at MHS
It did not take long for Malden High senior Christelle Jean to make an impression when she arrived on Salem Street as a freshman three years ago.
That is not often said of a ninth grader, but always welcome, according to Malden High School Principal Chris Mastrangelo.
He said it didn’t take long to recognize her leadership qualities and her ability to express her views and help her peers do the same since she has been an MHS student.
“Christelle has been a leader among her Malden High School classmates since she arrived here as a freshman,” Principal Mastrangelo said. “She is passionate and vocal on important issues and she has been an inspiration to many others at MHS.”
The MHS senior was recently recognized again for her positive role model status at the high school when she was chosen from among 25 applicants to become the new Malden High Student Representative to the Malden School Committee.
Jean attended the most recent School Committee meeting, her first one, and was immediately presence, commenting publicly on some district and high school-related issues as well as asking questions after some presentations at the meeting.
She was introduced by School Committee chairperson and Mayor Gary Christenson and officially greeted by him, the other School Committee members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ligia Noriega-Murphy.
“Christelle (Jean) has already accomplished a great deal and is already an asset to the Malden community,” Mayor Christenson said at the Nov. 8 meeting. “We welcome her to the Malden School Committee and look forward to working closely with Christelle.”
Jean is involved with many activities at MHS, as a Class 0f 2022 Officer in addition to being one of the leaders of the Black Culture Club as well as the MHS Step Performance Team.
Principal Mastrangelo recalled when Jean and two of her Black Culture Club officers worked together as a trio and organized a rally and march in Malden, from MHS to Lincoln Commons in May 2020 in protest of the murder of George Floyd.
“Over 1,500 took part in that rally and it was all organized by MHS students, with Christelle and her fellow officers in a lead role,” Mastrangelo said. “It was an uplifting day for all of us and myself and everyone at Malden High School were so proud and impressed with Christelle and the other students involved.
“Our school and our students have truly benefitted from Christelle’s accomplishments,” Mastrangelo added. “We know she will represent our students well with the Malden School Committee.”