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The Chris Herren Assembly

We pay way too much focus on the worst day and not the first day.”

-Chris Herren

February 7th, 2018 is a day that many students at Northeast High School will remember forever. Chris Herren opened our eyes to the reality of drugs and alcohol abuse and how many people around us are affected by it. Throughout seven years, Herren has been traveling to schools all over the country sharing his story and spreading awareness. His speeches are very unique compared to other speakers. He tells personal stories of himself and other children who he has seen whose lives were either taken or affected by drugs and alcohol abuse. Herren’s goal is simple--he wants to have an impact on at least one kid. This emotional assembly was nothing to laugh about, simply because the topics he covered hit home for the some of the students in our school. Some topics he covered were parents neglecting our social life, parents that suffer from addiction, and the impact you have on your younger siblings. Herren also gave advice on what to do if you yourself or someone you know who is struggling with addiction. Instead of bashing them or ignoring it, just ask why? Herren connected drugs and alcohol abuse to self-esteem and self-worth. He emphasized the statement that, “Drugs will not make you cool nor will it form you into the person you thought you would be.” Thank you, Chris Herren, for coming to our school and telling us your story; you have surpassed your goal because I am sure that you have had an impact on more than one student in our school.

Audience Questions:

How do you overcome a loss?

“You lose and you may lose again but never go back to drugs or alcohol. I will never run away from loss, but I will always run away from drugs.”

Why do parents not care?

“Parents yell at as about getting better grades and do better in sports. They never check in on us socially. They never check in because they are scared of the answer they could get.”

Following the assembly, we took the time to interview a few students and teachers who attended to get their thoughts on the assembly, and how it made them feel. Their responses are as follows:

Junior Lexi Ferguson said, “It really opened my eyes to see that the people around me go through more than we know. I thought it was upsetting, but enlightening.”

Sophomore Colton Shamer said, “I thought it was a very good message that included very good advice that reached a lot of people. Although it made me feel sad because it opened my eyes to see how much my generation has to go through.”

We also interviewed a couple of teachers to obtain their thoughts on the assembly:

AP Lang Teacher Mrs. Gulbasar said, “I liked his message regarding the first day of doing drugs.”

Marine Instructor MSG Mattis adds to that thought in saying, “It made me see that a lot of students suffer in this school. It confirmed my thoughts about depression in the school, and how many students are hiding it behind smiles and laughs. It was a very moving message.”  

It is clear that Mr. Herren’s words touched the hearts of many people in our school. This assembly should encourage us to face who we are, and get help with our issues if we need it. It has also shown us that each one of us suffers a little in some way, so we as a community should support each other. Article by: Erin Hughes & Jasmine Webb

Eagle News presents: Letters to the Lost

and Brigid Kemmerer author visit!

Brigid Kemmerer, a local author, came to Northeast High School on February 27th, 2018. A widely renowned author, Kemmerer has written the Elemental Series Thicker Than Water, and a juvenile fiction story, Letters to the Lost, along with a follow up book, More Than We Can Tell, which was released exclusively and graciously to the Northeast High School library.

While at Northeast, Kemmerer explained the process of publishing a book both traditionally and through the process of self-publishing. She included details about her own writing experience by describing each detail of her fulfilling journey, from rejection and what she felt were shortcomings to her overall success, to help the students understand what it takes to become a published and successful author. Kemmerer also shared insight with the students when they had questions and kept the audience engaged by asking questions of her own and maintaining a very friendly attitude.

Although only a few select students could attend the meeting with the author, Kemmerer impacted the lives of the students she was able to meet by giving them sound advice and clarifying specifics about the book Letters to the Lost, which the students were given to read as an optional book and was absolutely loved by a majority of the student body, that helped the students comprehend what she was thinking while writing it and about the characters or other general aspects of the book.

Kemmerer’s visit was enhanced by her wittiness and how personable she was along with her kindness and gratitude that she expressed towards each student. The students were grateful for the experience, whether they wanted to pursue writing or not, and enjoyed her coming to Northeast. Kemmerer signed book to each student personally, and, overall, her visit was an amazing experience that Northeast would gladly part take in again.

Article by: Amaya Madarang