Everyone had, or has fears about high school. Mine were the common “What if I get lost or walk into the wrong room?” However, I did not have any doubts academically. White Pine provided me with more than sufficient knowledge and education. I grew mentally and socially at White Pine.
In the mental aspect, I had diligent teachers who wanted to be there. They all had fun teaching and liked what they were doing. Every once in a while, I felt overloaded with homework, but looking back, the knowledge I found has benefitted me greatly.
To share an experience, we were discussing the Code of Hammurabi in my Honors World History class. I found the code provocative and said so. More than half the class didn’t know what provocative meant. We spent a couple minutes going over the meaning and a young man turned around to face me and said, “You’re really smart. I wish I had gone to White Pine.” I smiled and said I was glad I had gone. Mrs. Galyean also gave us “vocab. lists.” I hated those things. They contained root words we use daily. I am taking Italian and found it helpful and useful (even though I hate to admit it, thank you for the vocab. lists, Mrs. Galyean!).
In the social aspect, I had to give a speech in my computer class. The two years I spent at White Pine, I had to give multiple speeches. I was glad I had been given those social opportunities. I also conversed more with the staff as I was in yearbook. I was not afraid to talk to my new teachers here at Hillcrest High School.
White Pine has definitely prepared me for high school. My four years at Hillcrest, I feel, will be successful and fun. I’m so grateful I made the transfer from Sandcreek to WPCS. Oh, I never got lost, incase you happened to wonder, I had help when I needed it!
By: Sarah Schwarze
Graduating Class of 2008
White Pine Charter School