Jasmine Duerson, Kaylee Ringer and Brianna Robinson make up a team with a goal of lifting the spirits of fellow students and the staff at Newcomerstown Middle School.

The three eighth-graders are members of the Newcomerstown Middle School Leadership Team, which works directly with the High School Youth Leadership Team.

According to Michelle Endlich-Golder, a seventh-grade English-Language Arts teacher, the three girls create colorful posters that encourage being positive and send hope. The three use their own time before and after school — and sometimes even their lunch period — to create inspiring messages for classmates. Sticky notes and stickers can be found on students' lockers, and there are also posters hanging on hallway walls promoting a positive culture. A section of a wall in a hallway is filled with quotes.

Students, teachers and administrators at the middle school appreciate their efforts. Endlich-Golder said the world needs more people like these three. She said one difference maker couldn't be singled out when talking about the students because they work as a team.

Principal Jason Peoples said it is not often you run into students quite like these girls.

"It's a unique group," said Peoples. "When you see the young leadership potential you have to give them the opportunity to polish it."

Peoples said the three have made an impression on staff, as well as the students.

"The goal (of administrators and teachers) is trying to help kids, and what better way than seeing it through the eyes of students," he said. "I couldn't be more proud of them."

We asked the three to tell us a bit about themselves. Here's what three difference makers had to say.

JASMINE DUERSON

What do you find most gratifying about spreading your message? Seeing the smiles on others’ faces.

Family: Dad, Isaiah Duerson; Sister, Jada Duerson.

What are some of your school activities? Teen Leadership Team; Track & Field (I throw the shot put 25 feet, and discus 61 feet); Junior Honor Society and Volleyball (I loves spiking the ball).

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of school? Finish a season a day of a Netflix or take pictures with my sister with our phones.

What’s the best thing about middle school? The familiarity of the school and my peers.

Most people would be surprised to know … I love to sing … mostly in the shower, which my sister yells at me for, when there is nobody home.

Have you thought about what kind of career you would like to try? I would like to model or go into the medical field … or both.

What’s the toughest thing about being a student? Keeping my very opinionated comments to myself and getting people to take you seriously.

What’s your favorite class? Spanish, because I’m able to learn a different way to communicate and I will be ahead in my classes when I get to high school.

If I could be great at something it would be … Understanding others.

BRIANNA ROBINSON

What do you find most gratifying about spreading your message? Giving hope to all students around the school.

Family: Mom, Michelle; Dad, Nick; Brothers Aiden and Matthew.

What are some of your school activities? Track & Field; Volleyball; Teen Leadership and Junior Honor Society.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of school? Travel softball and hanging out with my family.

What’s the best thing about middle school? Getting closer to kids and interacting with them … and feeling like family.

Most people would be surprised to know … That I love animals.

Have you thought about what kind of career you would like to try? Veterinarian.

What’s the toughest thing about being a student? Keeping all grades at A’s.

What’s your favorite class? Math — Pre-Algebra.

If I could be great at something it would be … Being a leader in my school.

KAYLEE RINGER

What do you find most gratifying about spreading your message? Putting smiles on kids’ faces and giving people hope.

Family: Parents, Matt and Cathy Ringer; Brother, Calvin.

What are some of your school activities? Volleyball, Track & Field; Band, 4-H, Leadership Council, Student Council (6th grade), Student of the Month, Member of Christ United Methodist Church, Meta Volunteer in Faith Farm and Usher, serving Communion.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of school? Go on family vacations and spend time with my family.

What’s the best thing about middle school? The teachers make you feel welcome and part of a family.

Most people would be surprised to know … I live on a farm and I love animals. I have two dogs, four goats and six donkeys.

Have you thought about what kind of career you would like to try? Pediatric Nurse or an Elementary Teacher.

What’s the toughest thing about being a student? Feeling part of a group.

What’s your favorite class? Social Studies with Mr. Hines and Math with Mrs. McCune.

If I could be great at something it would be … Being a leader and always wanting to help others.