Student, Spanish River Community High School, Class of 2016,
As I walk into my first period, AP Human Geography, I look around the room to see if I know anyone in my class. It is my first day freshman year, and coming from a small, private school I don't know anyone. Closely examining my peers who I have yet to meet yet, I sit down in the middle of the room. A shy freshman, I quietly take my seat, take out my books and wait for class to begin. The unknown girl sitting next to me introduces herself to me as Jessica and asks me my I name. I respond and she begins to engage in conversation with me. We talk about our previous school but are abruptly stopped when the announcement begin. As I am watching the Television broadcasters welcome us back to school, I learn what a Spanish River Shark stands for- Smart, Honest, Attentive, Respectful and Kind.
Throughout the past four years, I have learned that each one of these words accurately depicts Spanish River students. At River, it is accepted to be smart. No one makes fun of you for being smart; on the contrary, Spanish River is extremely competitive regarding grades. The top ten percent of the class are typically only separated by a small margin in their gpa and hpa. This competitive environment promotes people to grow and realize their potential. Furthermore, as I learned on my first day, Sharks are aware and inclusive of others. They make sure no one feels left out and are comfortable to help out a fellow peer.