Written by Eva Lopez
The topic today will be the Freshmen 25! This is all about the incoming freshman, who made their 25 community service hours. These freshmen who took up Mr. Turgeon’s challenge, completed various activities during the summer in order to achieve their end goal of attaining 25 hours of volunteer work. With their aim accomplished these students will be able to focus on their studies and ease their way into the start of the new school year. As a result of these successful individuals acquiring their 25 hours, they will not have to worry about their hours being completed until the next summer. This ensures that their community service does not become part of the routine agenda, but is rather concluded and out of the way.
The 30 freshmen who completed the 25 hours of community service, were rewarded with a special treat during their seminar period. They gathered in the freshman quad to be greeted with movie star treatment. There was a plentiful number of tables set up with table clothes, and other decorations to drive home a sense of fame. There were foods such as pizza, chips, cookies, and of course drinks. There were also prizes such as sweatshirts and shirts imbued with the school’s mascot, the Renegade. These freshmen came together to celebrate their success and to simply enjoy each other’s company. All while in the comfort of the freshman quad.
Although the topic that will interest most students regarding the Freshmen 25 is simply the prizes, there is also another important aspect. This aspect is the straightforward fact that students who are mostly strangers get to converse with new people. The Freshmen 25 is, and will continue to be, a way for new freshmen to acquaint themselves with the school and its environment. For example, according to Mrs. Carcifero, “they got to each lunch all together and just talk about where they did their community service hours, how many hours they did, what encouraged them to go to that organization, and what they did at that organization.” Among these freshmen some were nervous, and some were excited, however the fact remains that through the Freshmen 25 they got to talk and interact with new people that they might not have previously spoken to.
In the future the possibility for the Freshmen 25 to become grander is a distinct possibility. In addition, as time goes on the experience of working hard for a reward will become much more satisfying. This is because as time passes Suncoast Polytechnical High School can hopefully gain new business partners that provide the school with free items in donations. These donations could be used to impart new rewards such as coupons, gift cards, shirts, or lanyards for future freshmen who have finished their 25 hours. The end goal for these new additional prizes is the solution to the conundrum presented by Mr. Turgeon. This problem established by Mr. Turgeon is as follows: “How do we give more to those students who showed the initiative?” As a result of those who work hard for Suncoast Polytechnical High School, the motivation of new, incoming freshmen students will begin to grow. This is because the hard work that a student achieves during the summer will bring about a satisfying reward, granted by the Freshmen 25.
Other than the prizes given away during the Freshmen 25, the students will also gain the start they need in order to complete the 100 hours that is required to achieve the Bright Futures scholarship. Whether the incoming freshmen realize it or not, the Freshmen 25 is a way to push students to achieve what they need in order to gain a scholarship. It is encouragement, that many students need in order to start working towards the ultimate prize of a scholarship. However, the Freshmen 25 also had many other side effects that were all brilliant. These such effects included the socialization of the new freshmen as well as a satisfying and rewarding feeling that can be only be gained through hard work.
Mr. Turgeon: Assistant Director of Suncoast Polytechnical Highschool
Mrs. Carcifero: Registrator of Suncoast Polytechnical Highschool