Making good grades, getting to basketball regionals, and promoting leadership. Those are a few of the goals that Empire High School’s Class of 2013 have on their lists as they returned to class Monday.
It was the first day of their final year and many seemed excited about what the year holds for them.
Tanner Shorter, who is team captain of the football team and an FFA officer, has aspirations for making it the best year.
“There’s a lot of young people coming up this year, so I’m wanting to show good leadership and pass on that vibe,” he said.
Fellow senior classmate and FFA officer Jesse Riedel, shared feelings about the year and their roles now as leaders.
Riedel hopes to get his siblings involved with the FFA program.
“I want to get my little brothers into FFA,” said Riedel. “It’s bittersweet (heading into the final year).”
Classmate and athlete Marissa Curtis also indicated she is taking on the role of being a leader, knowing that many of the youth will be looking to them for that leadership.
“I want to make regionals in basketball,” said Curtis, who has played for the Lady Bulldogs for the past three years. “In the past years, (the girls) have gotten down on themselves and I want to help lift them up this year.”
Even though they all have set leadership goals for themselves, they also want to have fun their final year.
“Everyone says that your senior year is the fun year,” said Shorter. “I’m excited and just want to get through it and make some decent grades.”
Empire High School Principal Jodie Roberts said she sees this year to be “awesome” based on what she saw Monday as students returned to the school campus.
While there were many factors including the nice weather, the students were a large part of what made the day the smoothest first day of school Roberts has had since she took her current position.
“We have some great kids, we always do and I love them,” said Roberts. “You get invested in them and I’m looking forward to see how they grow and mature.”
As for the Empire class of 2013, they are anticipating a good year and are looking toward the finish line of their secondary educational years. While some are aiming for college, others the work force and some the military, they all want to make good senior year memories.
“A lot of the juniors are my friends,” said Shorter. “ I have my ag teacher, Mr. (Billy) Cheatwood, twice this year. He’s my hero.”
First day enrollment numbers were not available yet for Empire.
Wal-Mart to cut prices more aggressively in back-to-school push
Wal-Mart Stores plans to cut prices more aggressively during this year's back-to-school season and will add inventory to its online store as the chain battles retailers for student spending.
A quarter of the world's most educated people live in the 100 largest cities
College graduates are increasingly sorting themselves into high-cost, high-amenity cities such as Washington, New York, Boston and San Francisco, a phenomenon that threatens to segregate us across the country by education.
College graduates are sorting themselves into elite cities
Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy has shifted to bestow greater and greater rewards on the well-educated. By 1990, that number was about 57 percent. By 2011: 73 percent.
How professors are using Facebook to teach
Technology is an established part of the lives of students. But university lecturers are becoming increasingly frustrated at how they must compete with tablets and laptops for students' attention in the lecture hall.
New York to offer free lunch to all middle-school students
New York's $75 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began last week includes the first step toward offering free lunch for all 1.1 million students, expanding a program now reserved only for the city's poorest children.
Survey shows colleges flouting sexual assault rules
More than 40 percent of 440 colleges and universities surveyed by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., haven't investigated a sexual assault in the past five years, according to a report released Wednesday.
School storm shelter petition raises budget questions
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma budget writers say an initiative petition to install storm shelters and safe rooms in every Oklahoma public school could overstress the state's biggest and most critical revenue fund and slow the flow of tax dollars for vital public services.
For the second time in less than a year, a group known as Take Shelter Oklahoma is collecting the signatures of voters to put the issue on a statewide ballot.
Avoidable injuries are killing too many young Americans
Not so cheerful news before your holiday weekend: Some sobering new government numbers show just how many young people die from injuries that could have been avoided.
Study: Kids gain weight more quickly over summer break
Any parent or teacher can tell you that schoolchildren tend to slip back a bit academically over the long summer break. But now a Harvard University study has come up with troubling indications that they also gain weight more quickly during those months when, traditionally, we hope they're outdoors much of the time, enjoying the summer sun.
Starbucks to pay part of college tuition for US store workers
Starbucks, which has offered company stock for store workers for more than two decades, will now begin picking up most of the college tab for its employees.
- More Education Headlines
- Wal-Mart to cut prices more aggressively in back-to-school push