When Mr.Cross asked me to write for the blog, I was honored, but equally floored. As I thought about what to write, I figured I could sum up my experiences at Cinco in three words. Seize The Day.
Seize YOUR day. Every day that you enter CRHS, you have the choice to seize the opportunity in front of you, or to remain where you are. Meet someone new today, and tomorrow, and the next day and the next day after that. Seize your day.
Join a club, go to a varsity basketball game, or go see the next choir concert. Experience Cinco! Seize your day.
If I had never left my introverted shell I would not be in the position that I am today. My four years at Cinco prepared me for college and my current job. Cinco taught me how to deal with people, how to balance a busy (read: insane) schedule, and how to try new things. I dare you, yes you, to try as much as you can in high school, because for many, this is the last time you will be able to experience new things without penalty.
I was an average student, I never made straight A’s in high school, and taking 5 AP classes at a time (here’s looking at you Seniors) was not something that interested me. But between the people I met and my experiences at CRHS, I was more than prepared for life after the rigor of Cinco. How did I seize the day?
I was 4-year class president, member of the Cougar Band, Captain of the football team, participated in Speech and Debate, FFA, wrestling, track and so much more. I tell you that not to brag on myself, but to let you know that this school is overflowing with opportunity. The opportunities I got, such as traveling to Indianapolis with band, or playing at state of the art stadiums, or even going to leadership camps are things that many kids across the US will never dream of. Seize your day.
Your “Seize The Day” probably won’t look like mine and that is ok. You don’t have to be the president of 3 clubs and have a 4.99999 GPA to be successful in life. But you do need the work ethic and drive, the hunger and passion to learn more about what you like to do. Seize the day.
Your “Seize The Day” might mean you joined the Art Club, you babysit a kid down the street, and met two new kids today. Your “Seize the Day” might mean you got straight A’s for the first time and you decided to take 2 AP Tests this year. Your “Seize the Day” might mean you went to tutorials all week to prep for your test in Academic English and you made dinner for your little sister at home.
I am by no means telling you to be busy. But I am telling you to attack everything that you do with gusto, with a relentless drive for excellence. “Seizing Your Day” while at Cinco ensures you will be more than prepared for whatever you decide to do after high school (and no, you do not have to know what you want to be now).
The people and mentors that I encountered at Cinco helped guide and shape me for what I was going to do after High SchooI. I wound up attending Berklee College of Music. I then worked for Apple and now I am a Band Director/ English Teacher at Paetow High School. I am glad to be in a position to give back to this school district. But I only give back, because Cinco poured in to me.
Seize the day. Seize your day. Because this, is “The Greatest High School in America”.
Class President (c/o 2013)
Captain 2012 Cougar Football
Cougar Band Member
Cougar for Life