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Character Education Student iMovie

Three students at CrossRoads Academy-Austin Meeks, Justin Thomsen, and Tika Miller-took it upon themselves to create an i-movie on the Character Education Program.  By creating an i-movie, these students fulfilled a credit needed for their Speech and Technology course requirement.  Students are encouraged to create a movie that is helpful to the community, and includes community involvement.  Austin, Justin, and Tika gathered information and pictures, interviewed and videotaped various members of the Character Education Committee, and finally compiled everything they received to create the movie. 
"Having a clear sense of direction and a positive influence on others; being trustworthy, confident, motivating, and respectful; making positive decisions"
Sgt. Todd Axtell
Sgt. Todd Axtell spoke on Tuesday, February 7th to the entire Wautoma High School student body.  Sgt. Axtell has been in the military for 26 years, and has lived by The Army Values.  The Army Values are based on the principal of Leadership.  The acronym LDRSHIP stands for loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.  Sgt. Axtell briefly touched on each of these values and then brought them all together to explain how as a collective group, these values are what the military considers essential to great leadership.  At the end of his presentation, Sgt. Axtell challenged the students to "strive to be a better person, and be a leader among your friends." 
"Having a fixed purpose to overcome obstacles; focusing and working hard towards goals and desires; persevering"
Jared Abbrederis
Jared Abbrederis is a WHS graduate and current University of Wisconsin Badgers Football star player.  Wautoma High School had a great opportunity to have Jared return to WHS and speak to the students, as he is a great role model for all of our students.  Jared spoke to the 9th and 10th grade students on determination, leadership, getting involved, and academics.  Jared's message for the 11th and 12th grade students was on life after high school and going to/transition to college. 
September/October - RESPONSIBILITY
"Being dependable, punctual, and prepared; holding yourself and others accoutable; taking ownership for your actions and decisions"
In preparation for Wautoma High School's 2011 Homecoming Week, two speakers presented to our students on the emotional impact of drunk driving.  Students and Staff at WHS were honored to have Jenny Addis and Deputy Tim Ganzel speak on their personal experiences with the heart-wrenching topic of drinking and driving.
Jenny Addis
On March 16, 1997 Jenny Addis was a passenger in a tragic drunk driving accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down. She is now a C5-C6 quadriplegic. Since the accident, she has focused on taking her misfortune and turning it into a valuable life changing experience. Jenny's personal mission is to motivate and educate a diverse society by speaking through inspiration.  She intends to use her experince to empower the human spirit and inspire others to discover their own inner strengths.
"students taking academic responsibility together"
Each student at Wautoma High School is assigned to a START group based on their grade level, that meets every morning for 30 minutes.  Each START group also has two staff members assigned to the group.  START focuses on personal topics, current events, literacy, and community building activities.  The basis for our morning START group is the Developmental Designs Program, a program that the staff at WHS were trained on in the summer of 2011.  The format for the START groups are
1. Greeting 2. Share 3. Activity.  Below are pictures of START groups participating in various activities.