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Resiliency Day with Patch Middle School

By George Murphy and Hannah McLamb, Stuttgart HS Students
STUTTGART | December 6, 2016

Stuttgart High School student Aidan Dehan talking with Patch Middle School seventh graders about teamwork and the importance of leadership both on and off the soccer field.
Stuttgart High School student Aidan Dehan talking with Patch Middle School seventh graders about teamwork and the importance of leadership both on and off the soccer field. | Photo: Mitchell Stoner

Resiliency is a quality in objects to hold or recover their shape, or in people to stay intact. This is a kind of strength. (Resiliency - Dictionary Definition. Vocabulary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.).

Stuttgart High School students joined with Patch Middle School for a day of combined learning and bonding between the high schoolers and the eighth graders. The goal of this "Resiliency Day" is to teach and show the soon-to-be high schoolers that there will be friendly faces in other grades when they graduate to the next level of education. 

According to Stuttgart Junior Mitchell Stoner: "From Zumba to problem-solving with puzzles, resilient people were everywhere to be found. Teachers taking the time to teach a lesser known topic not regularly brought up in school;that was the main point. Students learned about resiliency against day-to-day challenges and having the inner strength to move on and overcome. All this happened because of a man named Brian Pappas, who initially organized Resiliency Day. Overall, it was a fantastic time to connect with the kids at Patch Middle School, teaching them how to use activities and words to overcome problems they might encounter." 

Ms. Stephanie M. Payne, SHS Human Anatomy, AP Bio teacher and National Honors Society Sponsor, described the day: "The resiliency workshops by SHS students were well-received by the middle school students and faculty. SHS led workshops on sign language, soccer, cheerleading, and teamwork/leadership;guided students in understanding how these types of activities/skills can help build resiliency not only in ourselves but also in others. Presenters were standing on desks during a sign language competition, facilitating soccer drills that were difficult at first, but with practice gradually became easier, guiding team and leadership dynamics while trying to complete puzzles, and teaching both knowledge and providing opportunities to practice cheerleading skills. Students were well prepared and adapted to different age groups, delivering messages with passion and enthusiasm. Their ability to relate to and motivate our middle schoolers while remaining consistently professional was impressive." 

New juniors and eighth graders are welcome to attend and enjoy the experience with each passing year, as the Resiliency Day has become an annual tradition. 

George Murphy, SHS Junior plans to be an aerospace/civil engineer. George writes to relieve stress in light of his three Advanced Placement classes which include, Language, Physics, and U.S. History. 

Hannah McLamb, Stuttgart High School Senior and Zeitgeist 2017 Yearbook/Media Journalist, moved to Stuttgart from South Carolina in the fall of 2015. She tackles the fine art of interviewing and investigative reporting to capture the essence of humanity. She will graduate from SHS in 2017.


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