Each year, incoming Patriot freshmen take part in the "High Five Promise Ceremony," and this year's event was held Friday at Wheeling Park High School.
Wheeling Park teacher and Freshman Focus Team member Gail Adams said the ceremony is important because it is based on important messages intended to help the young students.
"The mission in Ohio County Schools and at Wheeling Park High School is to inspire dreams, and the 'High Five Promise Ceremony' lets our students to know that this where their dreams can begin," she said. "We want the students to be involved, seek help when they need it and strive to treat people how they would like to be treated. The teachers and administrators care about them and want them to care about each other. There are so many opportunities at Wheeling Park High School, and the students should know that if they can dream, they can achieve."
Wheeling Park High School Class of 2004 graduate Allison O’Kon-ski speaks to students at the school Friday during the freshmen High Five Promise ceremony. O’Konski said the skills she learned at Park have helped her in her career. She now works as marketing director for the city of Wheeling.
The guest speaker for the "High Five Promise Ceremony" was city of Wheeling Marketing Director Allison O'Konski. The 2004 Wheeling Park graduate discussed the quality education offered at Wheeling Park, and she described how much the school means to her. O'Konski told the students that the skills she learned and the contacts she made at WPHS continue to benefit her in her career.
"What I learned in the speech, theater and journalism programs helps me every day in my job, and the relationships I made with my teachers continue to play a role in my professional life," she said. "I speak highly of Wheeling Park High School and all it has to offer because there are unique opportunities here."
'HIGH FIVE' PLEDGE
The Wheeling Park High School "High Five Pledge" includes the following five promises:
- A promise from students to give their personal best in their endeavors at Park;
- A promise to become involved in extra-curricular activities;
- A promise to respect students and staff members and treat them the way they want to be treated;
- A promise to seek help when they need it; and
- A promise to strive to graduate as a member of the class of 2016.