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Overcoming First Day Jitters

Students Work on Team Building

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Zoey May (10), Holly Thorton (9) work on a puzzle with their group at the leadership academy.

Zoey May (10), Holly Thorton (9) work on a puzzle with their group at the leadership academy.

Madison Hinton

Madison Hinton

Zoey May (10), Holly Thorton (9) work on a puzzle with their group at the leadership academy.

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As freshman April McDowell and the other students in the 600 hall waited nervously before the drill team gym doors, their teachers began to prepare for a different way to start the school year.

What they were going to do was a program developed by Spanish teachers Angela McCorkle and  Marion Houff and leadership teacher Tiffany Beck over the summer to teach students leadership skills.

“It’s a leadership camp,” theater teacher Allison Morris said. “It’s basically teaching all of us how to work together.”

For students in the classes, it was a welcome break from everyday activities.

“A lot of kids don’t look forward to school, but I think this will help,” April said. “It’ll have made things easier for in the future.”

The two weeks were spent doing different team activities to focus on leadership and teamwork. The students played games such as “hot lava” and “the Orea game.”

“My favorite game was when we played ‘hot lava’,” April said. “I also got to meet different people from different grades and we got to know each other better.”

By the end of the two weeks, students had learned more than simply leadership, but also the confidence needed to survive high school.

“I feel that it’s set a togetherness tone that [high school] is not that scary,” Ms. Morris said. “You’ve got to work together and figure out how to work together.”

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