Logansport class president reflects on teachers, activities that led to success | New
Maggie Fincher, class president of Logansport High School and a member of the Distinguished Graduates Program, would name every employee at the school as someone who had an impact on her life if she could.
When asked who these teachers might be, she explained them transparently. She even categorized them into groups: veterans who share their knowledge with students, teachers who students can sit and talk with, teachers who brighten up a tough day, new teachers who bring energy and willpower. to step in and help. students.
“Logansport is very, very lucky with its faculty,” Fincher said. “I’ve had so many amazing teachers who pushed me to this point. We have so many teachers who love their jobs, love what they teach, and also care for their students.”
On Sunday, June 5, Fincher will take the graduation stage and accept his degree, taking the many lessons that educators at the Logansport School Corporation have taught him for so many years around the world.
It just so happens that the world leads to Purdue University for the future high school graduate. Fincher plans to major in brain and behavioral sciences while majoring in law and society.
Fincher said it was liberating to graduate.
“It took a lot of dedication and focus to complete all the classes and make sure all my homework was done on time,” she said. “It was certainly difficult, but I’m glad I persevered.”
In addition to schoolwork, Fincher has had a strong commitment to Logansport High School throughout her school career.
She was an athlete, competing in cross country, swimming and diving, and unified track.
She has also been a member, and even headed, of several clubs such as Cheer Club, Key Club, Student Council, Swing Choir, Concert Choir, Band, and Drama Club.
She was also Berry Buddy, a program in which students team up with special education students and do community projects together or attend sporting events.
When her academic achievement and attendance came together, it made her a sure chance to earn a spot in the Distinguished Graduates Program, a new system Logansport High School uses to honor its top students who have replaced valedictorian. traditional.
The program uses a points system and students are graded on both academic and extracurricular activities. Anyone can apply to be part of the program.
“I didn’t have a lot of free time to hang out with my friends,” Fincher said of all his activities. “I had a fixed schedule that I followed every day. It got tedious but I’m glad I did it. It showed me what I wanted to continue doing in college.
Still, it wasn’t all work for Fincher. She recounted one of her happiest high school moments when Logansport won the 2020 football section. Fincher said she enjoyed going to games and seeing a friend while supporting the school. She recalled the excitement of this victory and the student section that stormed the field when the victory was won.
Fincher will leave Logansport High School with a skill set that includes classroom learning and leadership. She is grateful to have learned these lessons early in her life.
“Being able to handle this leadership pressure and not let it overwhelm my ability to perform as a leader was very hard to do at first, but eventually I got it,” she said. “I learned that you are never going to make everyone happy. It’s definitely something I feel everyone achieves in life and mine just happened in high school and I’m so glad I learned about it so early.
Yet these are the teachers she is most grateful for. Although she names everyone she can influence, there is one who particularly stands out, her eighth-grade English teacher Andrea Meagher.
“Ms. Meagher was the first teacher I really opened up to,” Fincher said. “She also made all of her lesson plans fun. attention span she faced so she gave us time to let our energy out if we needed it.We had dance parties.She taught lessons through games and whatever she taught me stayed. It’s a non-traditional way of teaching, but I think that’s where students absorb the information rather than just hearing it.
When the Distinguished Scholars were honored in a ceremony on May 22, Meagher was recognized alongside Fincher as an influential educator.
“It was four great years,” she said. “I wouldn’t trade the lessons I learned for anything. I just want to thank everyone who was there for me whether I was going through a tough time mentally or not understanding a lesson. I had a huge support system of teachers and friends who were there for me.