Student Perspectives of AHS
By: Abigail DesVergnes
North Attleboro RTM Coordinating Committee Chairman Bob Nerz recently made statements criticizing the Attleboro public school system. On North TV, Nerz argued against North Attleboro moving to a mayor-council system by underestimating the value of Attleboro High School (AHS).
P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Responsibility Is Developed Every Day) is a motivator for AHS students instilled by Principal Bill Runey. This mindset has transcended the school into a place of stellar accomplishments.
Junior Jaime McNary expressed her views on Blue Pride as, “the strongest sense of community at AHS.” Students admire Runey’s encouraging work ethic and the communication he has with the students.
Junior Zoe Sternbach said, “I love the communication Mr. Runey has with the students in school and on Twitter. It allows us to stay updated on events within our school, allowing students to stay connected.”
A variety of different classes are offered to expand the students’ academic spectrum. From 11 advanced academic courses, to the Career Technical Education Program (CTE), to a variety of after school clubs, AHS has something to offer for everyone.
Senior and student president Wil Mckenzie said, “One thing I like about AHS is how diverse we are as a community. Everyone feels included, and no matter what, there’s a place for everyone.”
“A gateway to success and academic fulfillment,” is how junior AP student Sarah Carello described her experience at AHS. “I’m so grateful for the many opportunities this school has to offer,” she added.
AP junior Meghan Cooper said, “Attleboro High is the perfect environment to excel in and reach great heights. The AP program sets a high standard within our school and gives us the experience of what college courses will be like.”
AHS is not only excelling in their advanced academic courses but also offers a variety of high quality programs preparing students for their specific occupation of choice.
Junior electrical student Tyler Michienzi said, “I’m so grateful to be learning all of these amazing techniques that I’ll be able to carry out for the rest of my life. I would’ve never had these hands-on experiences if I was in a classroom environment.”
Not only are the CTE programs beneficial toward the students’ future careers but the shops open the doors to what life will be like after school.
“An immense amount of opportunities have been brought to me from culinary, showing me what the real world will be like,” said junior culinary student Noah Sweeney. CTE teaches students the importance of teamwork and the benefits of collaborating with others.
AHS also has over 25 after school clubs. Students are given the opportunity to participate in any club they desire such as Answer for Cancer or Best Buddies; they can even create their own.
Junior Alyssa Campbell started the poetry club at AHS. She said, “I’m very passionate about poetry and I really wanted to meet others who shared my passion. I’m grateful that our school allows anyone to expand their hobbies.” The club is even considering hosting a Poetry Slam in the spring.
Teamwork is one of the major skills developed at AHS. Clubs bring students with the same interests together, crafting an environment of creativity and collaboration.
“I’ve learned the true meaning of teamwork from the Drama Club. It’s been the best experience of my academic career. We are truly one big family,” said sophomore Collin Verilyea.
Respect is a shared concept at AHS. As a community, people come from many different living circumstances. As a commonality, all students are figuring out who they are and AHS provides an encouraging workplace for students to thrive.
Freshman Natalie Johnson describes the school as, “… a place where it’s okay to be yourself.”