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Neighbors Growing Together | Feb 26, 2017

High schoolers speak on Trojan PRIDE

Feb 16, 2017
Photo by: Matt Jones Fairfield High School juniors and seniors share their insights into getting good grades and saying no to peer pressure during a Trojan PRIDE assembly Monday at Fairfield Middle School. The students are, from left, Brandon Smithburg, Michael Fritz, Elijah Parr, Blu Schultz, Kaylee Watson, Anuja Pharasi, Corynn Klehm, Jenna Crile, Lauren Ward and David Wallingford.

Ten Fairfield High School students participated in a Trojan PRIDE assembly Monday at Fairfield Middle School.

The high school students were all juniors and seniors, and they were at the middle school to answer questions and impart their accumulated wisdom on their younger peers.

The middle school was split into two sections so each could have its own assembly. The fifth and sixth grades were together and the seventh and eighth grades were together. Assistant principal Matt Jones said this allowed the school to tailor the questions so they’d be relevant to challenges facing each specific grade level.

“This is the sixth year we’ve done this, and it has been a positive experience for FMS and FHS students alike,” he said.

High school students answered questions about Trojan PRIDE and about what aspect of Trojan PRIDE has been most beneficial for them. They also fielded questions about peer pressure, what they have learned from failure and the skills needed for success in high school.

“The FHS students are all keenly aware that they are role models for our youth,” Jones said.

FHS student Michael Fritz told the assembly, “It doesn’t matter how often you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.”

Corynn Klehm reminded the students that teachers “will give you the grade you earn, so work hard.”

Anuja Pharasi implored the students to “think of the people who love you, and work hard to make them proud of you.”

Elijah Parr recommend the students surround themselves with the best group of friends, because those people won’t pressure them to do things they shouldn’t.

Also participating in the assembly were high school students Brandon Smithburg, Lauren Ward, Kaylee Watson, Jenna Crile, Blu Schultz and David Wallingford.

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