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Doc speaks with freshmen

TISD continues Professional School Based Mentoring program
Grant Spicher
Dr. Adolph Brown, III address the freshman class of Texas High School in the Sullivan Performing Art Center auditorium on Feb. 15, 2024. Texarkana ISD partnered with Dr. Brown to help facilitate positive social and emotional outcomes for the students of the district.

Chatter fills the Sullivan Performing Arts Center auditorium at Texas High School as freshmen flow into the room, filling the seats. Dr. Adolph Brown takes the microphone in hand while the students continue to murmur in curiosity. Soon, silence spreads across the room as Dr. Brown begins his lecture. 

On Feb. 15, Texas High held a pep rally for freshmen with returning guest speaker Dr. Brown. The event aimed to inspire students to strive for excellence and plan for the future.  

“The biggest thing that I wanted them to learn was not to fall behind. To fall behind and credits to fall behind in education is a lot different than most people think,” Brown said. “It gets frustrating. Sometimes, it can be embarrassing because everyone else is doing well, and you’re not, but should they fall behind to get help. But my first thing is to do your best as ninth-graders not to fall behind.”

With Brown’s extensive experience with child psychology and his journey to success, the district felt he would be a perfect speaker to motivate students. 

“He’s a psychologist, and he has a lot of success in mentoring students,” principal Ben Renner said. “I think the benefit is that kids get to hear about goals, aspirations and getting their work done from someone other than their teacher. He does really well at putting himself in their shoes, talking about his own journey and his own success.”

The main message the district wanted to convey to students through this pep rally was the importance of setting goals and working towards them. 

“Our success, your future is completely relied upon you. Yes, we have to work with other people, and some of us have more resources than others, but anything you want in life is a series of goals,” Renner said. “But sometimes when we’re thinking about what we want out of life, we’re looking at it seems so far away, and it is like you need a ladder to climb on top of [that metaphorical] building. You grab a ladder, and you take it a step or a goal at a time, and you can literally have anything you want.”

This was not the first time Brown visited with students of the district; however, compared to past times, the atmosphere was more serious.

“My very first experience at Texas High was extremely inviting and warm,” Brown said. “The young people were excited. They were cheering for me. I was cheering for them. And I believe we actually formed a connection where today, we didn’t have as many bells and whistles as we did the first time, so I could actually have more of a conversation today, as opposed to a masterclass.”   

Students who attended the pep rally learned more about themselves and how to become successful. After the lecture, they feel they might change how they carry on in life. 

“I learned that it’s okay to be different and to respect and help people,” freshman Abbey Lomelino said. “ [Dr. Brown] said that it’s best to listen and that you can go a long way by listening. My favorite part was just listening to them talk about how it’s OK to ask for help. [I feel like after the assembly], I might reach out differently and more.”

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Luis Aguilar
Luis Aguilar, Staff Writer
Luis is in his second year of THS Publications. He is a very calm person, but can sometimes be very competitive and have a serious personality. He loves to play tennis and is interested in the fashion industry and often gets carried away when he goes shopping. He hopes to have his own clothing line later on or become a sports journalist, specifically for tennis. He is interested in what's going on in the current world whether it is a political or natural conflict. He has mainly traveled to Central and West Mexico but has also visited California and Florida in the States. His favorite city is Guadalajara, Mexico and plans to travel to London and Madrid later on.
Nashita Kalam
Nashita Kalam, Editor-In-Chief
Nashita Kalam is a senior and is so excited to be one of the Editors-in-Chief for this school year. This will be her third year in the publications program.  Outside of newspaper, she is involved in Mu Alpha Theta where she serves as President, Student Council, National Honor Society, Science Club and much more. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking and watching TV. Her favorite show is currently New Girl, but she enjoys anything comedic. She has a pet cat named Momo who she adores and runs a pet instagram for her called @m0m0thecat5. She can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Grant Spicher
Grant Spicher, Visual Journalist
Grant Spicher is a first year in The Publications. In his free time he plays golf and is even in Texas Tigers Golf at Texas High School. If he is not doing those he is at home getting better at both. He wants to go to college for golf and photojournalism.

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