Wayne County High School Student Government Associate traveled to Farristown Middle School in Berea to attend the Jostens Renaissance: Find Your Grind Tour. The students were put together with students from different middle and high schools in the Farristown Middle Gymnasium. The WCHS Student Government had a wonderful and eye-opening time. They learned about a variety of subjects, as well as motivational training regarding being a do-er, a servant, and how to be successful; whether that means to be happy in life or to have a solid job. The local students truly enjoyed the experience.
The first speaker was Phil Campbell, a principal at Portland High School (PHS) in Tennesse. He is a developer and advocate of Jostens Renaissance. Jostens Renaissance is meant to raise awareness on how to improve our school systems by trying to include everyone. Making sure that each student has a role in the buiilding- other than being a student or an athelete. It also is to inspire the kids of America to take a gut check, become more selfless, and less materialistic. Phil talked about what PHS does with Renaissance and how implementing certain methods it has made the school improve and become more successful and enjoyable.
Mike Smith was the next speaker. He is an entreapreneuer, a business man, an advocate for American teens, and a speaker. He wouldn't call himself a speaker though, because he is very down to earth. Mike told the students the story of himself in his senior year of high school. He grew up in a town in the mid-west smaller than Monticello. He was a four-sport star athelete, yet he did not care about any of it. Something changed inside him that made him want to improve himself. He wanted to quit being a fake person and to find a purpose. So, he turned his senior year into the year that he transformed into a giver, a selfless kid, a servant to those who were in need, and to take advantage of every moment that he has from now on. Mike inspires the kids of America on a daily basis. He reminded the teenagers that they are meant to help those around them and those that are in need. He reminded them to set goals and to work hard to achieve in life. Nothing is given, but must be earned.
The third speaker was Kyler Erikson. Mike Smith coached Kyler in basketball when he was in the sixth grade. Kyler is a basketball player at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He is an advocate for mental health. His story is similar to Mike's. Something inside him changed to become more of a leader, not an influencer, or a follower. The final speaker of the day was Davey Muise who overcame the odds. His story was proof of a how a hard beginning can be taken positively, to not feel self pity, and to always keep "Finding Your Grind".
SGA President, Tanner Thompson stated, "The speakers at the Find Your Grind event were astounding. Speaking on behalf of SGA, I believe each speaker sparked an internal fire within our members. We came away from the conference with a sense of school pride and the importance of student/faculty involvement. While WCHS is already amazing, personally, I was able to see the many opportunities stacked within our walls. SGA plans to implement a Wall of Honor, a place to recognize graduates that have graduated from Basic Training. We plan to revamp bathrooms because as one speaker said, “if our administration won’t use our bathrooms, why do we force our kids?” Showcasing our students talent is something we want to take pride in so we have voted to begin allowing students to paint ceiling tiles within the building! As President of SGA, it is my upmost desire to see the culture of WCHS improve by leaps and bounds. I am surrounded by many bright students and we are only laying the foundation for what is ahead. I have full confidence in our leaders, both present and future, and believe that with the help of everyone we can truly revitalize and diversify the culture of WCHS, whether it be through academics, extra-curricular, sporting events, or just day-to-day life within the school."
Student Government Sponsor, Darren Vickery enjoyed tha conference, "I really enjoyed meeting with a group of progressive minded educators that are striving to enhance our approach to education and empower our students to have a voice in the matter and help lead the way. We've got a great group of selfless students in SGA at WCHS that are highly motivated to create a new, innovative culture at our school that we hope will translate to the entire student body. We firmly believe this will build a sense of pride in our school and community, which in turn will lead to greater participation and increased academic achievement. Mr. Dale Vaughn and I greatly appreciate Mr. Alley's support of this initiative, as he has been at the forefront of this worthwhile goal."
SGA (L-R, Front): Bailey Wright, Keesha Thompson, Kadence Olivia, Savannah Stapelton, Gabby Foster.
(L-R Back): Cassie Stockton, Samantha Feduccia, Samantha Dixson, Keelan Rodrigez, Tanner Thompson, Emmersen Van Nice, Arin Edwards, Tyler Lovett
Find Your Grind
Arin Edwards, Kyler Erikson, Samantha Dixson, and Davey Muise