By Jeff Rivenbark
BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Walk the halls at Brunswick County Early College High School and you’ll see the school’s mascot prominently displayed. The “firebird” represents rising from ashes to fly again.
That’s a lesson every ninth grader learns in Alise White’s “Freshman Success” program. Every student enrolled at the school must take her class.
“It’s a labor of love,” White said.
During our visit to the school, she was teaching students about the importance of creating a “vision board” showing what they want for their future. She also told them how referring to one’s vision board daily can serve to motivate and encourage a person to pursue their passion.
“If they see it every day, they will begin to believe that they can achieve it,” White said. “Everything they do everyday in these classrooms matters, every assignment everyday, is going to get them closer to that goal.”
Students and staff compare White’s class to “boot camp” and when it comes to their work, White says she’s not willing to compromise her standards or expectations for excellence.
“I care enough to tell you that it was horrible,” she said. “Do it again because I feel that I am making champions and I’m making winners and when you’re an athlete and you’re going for that Olympic gold medal, your coach is not going to say that’s pretty good. He’ll say do it again and again and again until you’re so good, you outshine the rest.”