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Defining a Sequoit
October 2, 2019
There can be several different ways to define a Sequoit. Whether that be working hard or being helpful, the Sequoits at Antioch Community High School display these qualities to the best of their ability. The staff models these traits for the students to embody what it means to be a Sequoit.
Tiana Fox, a senior cross country runner at ACHS, believes that being a Sequoit means being determined.
“Being a Sequoit means trying new things and giving everything your all,” Fox said.
Fox is always looking for new goals and stops at nothing to achieve them. One goal she is currently working towards is completing a three mile race in twenty minutes for cross country.
“I constantly search for new goals,” Fox said. “If you’re always looking for something to obtain, like a new goal every day or every month, you always have something to work for and you know you need to take steps to get there.”
It’s important for Sequoits to set goals for themselves to help create a path for their future.
Eric Hamilton is the principal at ACHS. To him, being a Sequoit means keeping up with traditions, while also creating new ones.
“You’re really formed by this history, yet you are also trying to blaze your own trail and trying to make your own memories and traditions,” Hamilton said.
ACHS has many forms of showing their history, including the wall of outstanding students that date back before the sixties. Students can make their own traditions by attending school events such as dancing with your friends at homecoming or sports games.
“You’re responsible for the success of this school, yet you also have a responsibility to those before [you] and those that will come in the future.”
Remilia Ericksen is a senior at ACHS. She believes that being a Sequoit means representing the school, such as being respectful and welcoming.
“Being a Sequoit would probably mean doing your best to represent the qualities that your mascot stands for, like being respectful and accepting and hospitable,” Ericksen said.
Ericksen feels that ACHS’ diverse population is becoming more confident in themselves and people are more open-minded towards them.
“Keep an open mind and don’t be too quick to judge, because that was my freshman year and I missed quite a few opportunities at great friendships,” Ericksen said.
ACHS has many diverse students and does its best to make them feel welcome and comfortable being themselves.
Gabrielle Smith is a freshman at ACHS. She believes that being a Sequoit means to help others when necessary.
“Whoever needs help, you should help them,” Smith said.
At the beginning of her freshman year, Smith received help from many of her peers and teachers, therefore she had an easy transition from middle school to high school.
“I always thought that when you got to high school you were on your own,” Smith said, “but, since I’ve been here, a lot of people have helped me.”
Smith likes to help others as well. She had previously volunteered at a no kill animal shelter and would help her grandmother get around the house. Smith claims she has become a better person because of her helpfulness.
BEING A FAMILY
Brian Glashagel is a social studies teacher and head football coach at ACHS. He believes that being a Sequoit means to belong.
“It means to be a part of something special,” Glashagel said.
ACHS displays the atmosphere of a family. The teachers and administrators want their students to succeed, similar to how parents would want their kids to succeed.
“Seize the day and take advantage of every opportunity you get,” Glashagel said.
The school offers many different opportunities for the students to take advantage of. For example, there are AP courses and a large number of diverse clubs and activities. The staff wants to make sure the students feel as if they’re part of the family by creating clubs that are inclusive to everyone.