An African American student of Bishop Kenny High School, Rodney Wells, has emerged the First Black Senior class president since the establishment of the school in 1952.

As coronavirus changed the way we go about our lives, it also changed the way three major contenders campaigned for senior class president at Bishop Kenny High School.

Well’s election to the position was more unprecedented. Wells shared how and what inspired him to contest for the position.

“I do enjoy reading,” Rodney Wells said, “along with that I really enjoy golf.”

Wells has many of the same interests as other teens his age along with an unwavering determination to succeed.

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“My friends said, ‘You aren’t going to win. You’re running against two very popular people,’ so I took it as a challenge,” Wells said.

Wells accepted the challenge. He made yard signs and stickers and campaigned alongside his friends. 

“Being able to break the glass ceiling for other students, I’m definitely grateful,” Wells said. 


“I like to consider myself a self-starter for sure. I think anybody is able to make a difference no matter what...

Posted by Dawn White on Saturday, September 12, 2020

Wells is creating opportunities for other students at Bishop Kenny by becoming the high school’s first African American senior class president. 

He hopes to make a difference not only at Bishop Kenny High School but in the entire community of Jacksonville. He plans on going to law school and becoming a civil rights lawyer.

“I like to consider myself a self-starter for sure,” Wells said. “I think anybody is able to make a difference no matter what age.”

Wells shows age is just a number and perseverance pays off, especially when you’re considered the underdog. 

Bishop Kenny High School (commonly referred to as Bishop Kenny or BKHS) is a private, college-preparatory, coeducational Catholic high school in Jacksonville, Florida. It is located in and administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine. The founder Archbishop Joseph Patrick Hurley established the school in 1952, following the merger of three previous Catholic high schools in the Jacksonville area. Bishop Kenny High School was renamed in honor of William John Kenny, the third bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.