— For many students, the first day back at school means diving right into the academics of the year. But at Carman-Ainsworth High School, students experienced a new twist to the first day with its “Great Expectations” schedule.
The day started off with a welcome back session for all students in the main gym, followed by speaker sessions from 8:25 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. The sessions, which varied depending on grade level, were presented by guest speakers who covered a variety of topics including academic goals and career goals, academic achievement/academic integrity, overcoming adversity and behavioral issues, such as cyber-bullying, harassment, drugs and alcohol.
During a session for seniors, David Martus from the Good Guides Mentoring Program spoke to students on four points: smarts, passion, a competitive nature and hard work. Martus, who had four student volunteers assist him onstage, talked about the importance of having a good mentor in one’s life.
“There is nothing worse than wasting talent,” he said. “If you have the smarts to figure out what you want to do with your life, passion, a competitive nature and hard work, you will be successful.”
After Martus, James Washington, associate dean at ITT Technical Institute, spoke on leadership, character and integrity. While the seniors were listening in the auditorium, Annette Davis from Baker College spoke to sophomores in the gym about life and the choices each person makes in life. Saying that everyone can find an excuse for anything, Davis stressed to the sophomores that each one of them had greatness within them and to not look at obstacles negatively.
“Don’t look at them as obstacles, look at them as stairsteps,” she said.
Speaking directly to students, Davis told them to be conscientious of decisions they make because “when you make bad choices, you put yourself in a position to be hurt, be killed or actually end up in jail.”
“Getting in trouble is easy,” she said. “Getting out is hard. There are consequences for your actions, and your actions will catch up to you. Make good choices when it comes to your friends.” Along with Martus, Washington and Davis, students also participated in a session with Deputy Chris Swanson from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.
In addition to the speaker sessions, the first day at Carman-Ainsworth High School included banner signings and graduation gown signings by all students and an expectations session in the homerooms.