THS students taught to persevere on first day of school
By Caitlin Boland

The Class of 2018 took their seats on the gym floor as part of the Aug. 4 opening day ceremony.
Thomson High School hosted the second annual Opening Day Ceremony on the first day of school Aug. 4.
The Class of 2018 was welcomed into the gym to the applause of their classmates at THS, and they took their seats on the gym floor.
“This year’s theme is perseverance,” said Carla Shelton, THS principal. “You are going to have to work through this year because we are not going to lower our standards here at THS. We are preparing you for a workforce that is highly competitive, and things are going to get tough at school and out of school, but you have to hang in there.”
In conjunction with the theme of perseverance, another speaker, Dr. Karen Heid, spoke to the rest of the student body as Reggie Dabbs spoke with the seniors.
The theme of her speech was G.R.I.T. (guts, resilience, initiative and tenacity).
Heid is the Senior Director of Academic Planning in the Division of Academic Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Augusta University and is also a faculty member in the department of art.
“Your ability to learn is not fixed,” Heid said. “When you are confronted with a challenge, your brain grows as long as you stick with that challenge.”
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