Over the past several weeks, the Columbia Central High School senior class has begun to imagine their graduation. They have pictured themselves crossing the stage and celebrating their success in high school. As the day draws closer, our seniors not only think of graduation, but of their future opportunities and challenges. The seniors are beginning to realize that having a strong academic background will get them off to a good start, and that they will also have to use wisdom as they apply all of their academic knowledge.
This week our senior class will have the opportunity to participate in an interview process. They have been practicing and thinking about this process. During the interviews they will talk about their background, their plans and their hopes and dreams. The community based interview panel will hear from our positive, intelligent students talking about scholarships they have earned, their volunteer experiences and where they will be next fall.
Columbia School District students have distinct advantages not only because of the high academic standards at Columbia Central, but because of the caring, nurturing nature of their teachers and our exceptional programs. The students in our Leadership program have learned to work together, organize positive community events and spend time volunteering with our elementary children.
Recently the students in the Leadership program organized, planned and carried out the Hope Run. After the daylong event was over, one of the young ladies on the planning committee mentioned that her experiences at Columbia Central have given her the confidence to get in front of the whole district student body and lead. She and her team inspired the Columbia School District students and staff members to raise over $11,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Our graduating seniors have filled their high school experience by taking Advanced Placement courses so they are prepared to go to college. Quite a few of our seniors have challenged themselves by completing AP Calculus and AP English. Some of our seniors have mentioned their interest in science and how their experiences taking advanced anatomy, Advanced Placement biology, Sports Medicine and Forensic Science have given them a great base for their next step in college. The Class of 2018 is a great group of young people full of promise and energy. It will be exciting to watch them take on their future with tenacity!
If you are interested in cheering on our seniors as they walk across the graduation stage, join us at the Jackson College Potter Center on June 1st at 7:00 pm. To have your child join the positive programs at Columbia School District, call me at 5175926641 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.