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ACHS hosts open house, Board meeting 16 Feb 2017
More than 50 ACHS students speak on impact of their clubs and organizations
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By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
A standing room only crowd at the Adair County High School library was treated to one of the more unique school board meetings in recent memory Thursday night. Students led tours of the school during the open house immediately preceding the meeting, and more than 50 ACHS students spoke to the board about their high school experiences.
"We have a very special presentation that's going to showcase all the different options we have available to us," said student board member Lauren McQuaide to start the meeting. McQuaide came up with the idea to host the meeting at ACHS and did a lot of the organizational legwork. "Personally, as a student board member, I've gained a lot of confidence in myself. I was intimidated at first, but I've learned to channel that."
After McQuaide's opening remarks students from every club, organization, and sports team in the school spoke to the board about how their group of choice impacted their academic, social, and emotional growth. Many students spoke about getting out of their comfort zones, being introduced to new groups of friends, learning teamwork, and gaining confidence.
Students participating in the presentation Thursday were:
Paige Grider (student site base member)The whole process took just more than an hour and left the board and superintendent - as well as the large crowd in the audience - quite impressed. "I think it's very encouraging to see the excitement in these young people," said Mike Harris, the board's longest-tenured member. "You all did just a fantastic job. You should be proud." Board chairwoman Lisa Burton and interim Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens also commended the students, and offered their thanks to McQuaide for her hard work and vision in orchestrating the presentation.
This story was posted on 2017-02-17 09:50:52
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