Experience is a great teacher which is why when high school seniors serve as role models for at risk middle schoolers some important lessons are learned.
Columbia High School senior Ezra Cornwall realized too late that he was defined by the people he was friends with.
But Cornwall re-evaluated his path after a six month suspension from high school and now others look up to him.
“You are who you chill with,” he told a group of at-risk Goff Middle School students Friday. “You’ve got to pick the right group of friends … because middle school is basically what shapes you out.”
Today, Cornwall is one of six seniors regarded by Columbia High School Principal John Sawchuk as a leadership and mentoring “dream team”.
Sawchuk has led the district’s “Operation Courage” for four years. The four day program of cultural awareness features speakers and workshops.