EDITORIAL: Our Graduates know teamwork
In a recent statement to a local on-line news source, outgoing Clinton High School Principal Maureen Tiller observed that the latest Red Devil graduates - and the newest CHS Alumni - were the first class to have four full years of “flex” time.
In her mind, it made the class more cohesive - it allowed them time for collaboration and finding common ground. We certainly hope so, since this is the workplace of the future.
There always will be a place for the lone inventor, the isolated artist, and the solitary writer. But more so than ever, young people need to know how to collaborate to find and keep work. Yes, they need the soft skills that they cultivate on their own - ie, work ethic, getting up on time, coming to work every day with a constructive attitude - but they are going to have more chances to work in groups than ever before. Some won’t like that - an individual does all the work, the group gets the credit.
Yet, innovation happens when workers “bounce ideas off each other.” Forward-thinking companies such as Google give their “associates” almost playground-style workplaces in which to accomplish that collaborative goal.
This Clinton High School Class of 2019 has won sports titles together, has been SC Science Olympiad Champions together, has scored Superiors and Excellents in band together. The Honors English class rallied District 56 to donate more than 4,000 books to a reading promotion project, together. Seniors won for the second consecutive year an innovation challenge with Laurens District High School, working in teams. This class has experienced the Carolina Alliance for Technology and Project Lead the Way, the educational models of the future.
They have attended the Clinton Family YMCA Prayer Breakfasts, together. They have served in JROTC and organized Veterans’ Day observances, together with working on the Laurens County Hall of Heroes. They have participated in very successful fund-raising activities for SC Make-a-Wish. They have been part of an effort resulting in our local secondary learning community being designated a “Best High School” by US News & World Report.
This editorial was written before the June 5 Commencement of Clinton High School. Likely, many emotions will be on display as the Red Devils are going through a vast assortment of transitions from 2018-19 moving into 2019-20 (full coverage this issue of The Chronicle and on-line). They may not know it now, but “you’re gonna miss this” - and just know, it’s not going anywhere. You have helped us secure the foundation. The Faces might be different, The Spirit lives on. Come back any time - we’ll save you a seat in Wilder Stadium.