High school students give advice to eighth graders 5.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Loren Delmonico knows he made a lot of bad choices during his first two years of high school.

He also knows that he’s learned a lot from his mistakes.

He was talking about that situation with Morenci High School teacher Deb Hojnacki when it came to him that he wished he knew then what he knows now.

That’s when the idea was born. Loren and a few other high school students would walk down the hall to the middle school and offer some advice to the eighth grade students.

The voice of experience came from him and classmates Tequoia Jarrell, Major Graham, Phoenix Duncan and Kenny Maxfield.

“In about four months you’re going to be in high school,” the eighth graders were told. “How many of you are afraid of failing in high school?”

There was a good show of hands, but the older students had a simple solution: Do your homework.

A large part of their talk focused on grades.

“Grades. Seriously, guys, I can’t stress it enough,” said one high schooler. “If you get off to a bumpy start, it will be so hard to get back up. You don’t want to start off with Cs and Ds.”

“You guys have a month left. If you’re not doing your homework now, change that. Grades are so important. Find out what study methods work for you. Flash cards are great.”

“Never, never take a zero. The teachers frown upon that. A 50 percent is so much better than a zero.”

And don’t even think about cheating, they said, because you’re going to get caught.

“I got busted my freshman year and now they watch me. Teachers are smart. They know more than you.”

“I got caught cheating so I failed the class. Now I have to take it again with freshmen.”

And don’t wait until the last week of class to start thinking about raising your grade. That just isn’t going to work.

There’s a lot of help available if you seek it out—from teachers, from tutors and from some coaches.

Behavior

“Don’t go into high school with a big head. Don’t give the seniors a reason not to like you.”

“Don’t walk into class with your hood up and your head down. Your body language is pretty important. The teacher isn’t going to get a good vibe from you.”

“Even if it’s the worst day of your life, you still have to make some effort. You can find a way to cope with your issues. You need to in order to be successful.”

“If you’re ashamed of what you’re doing, you shouldn’t be doing it. If you’re doing something wrong, everybody in town is going to know about it the next day.”

“It’s important to be involved. Clubs and sports are fun. It’s really important to be part of something. It helps you be successful. It helps you feel good about yourself. You can be a new person going into your freshman year.”

“Why not skip school occasionally? Good luck to you in geometry if you miss a couple days.”

But don’t let all of these warnings put you on edge.

“We’re not trying to scare you. We’re trying to make you see how these four years impact you life. There are so many things to look forward to in high school.”

“If you’re doing well at school, your whole life will go better.”

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rover
    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
  • Front.geese
    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017