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As Mr. Seas It, for ACOVSD High School graduates

By Richard Seas, ACOVSD Superintendent – 

On May 19, 20, and 21, West Union High School, North Adams High School, and Peebles High School, respectively, will participate in commencement exercises. Congratulations to our graduates, their parents, family members, and the Adams County Ohio Valley School District for demonstrating and providing the care, compassion, and the support necessary to graduate from high school. Our students as the Class of 2017 have represented themselves and our school/community admirably.
As Superintendent for the ACOVSD, I’m grateful for the milestone that our students have met. However, I can’t help but wonder, perhaps worry a bit, about whether or not we as a school/community have prepared our graduates for life outside the walls of our schools. Do our graduates have the academic preparation to attend a post-secondary institution and continue their education? Do our graduates have the skill necessary to enter into the workforce, maintain a job, and support themselves? Just exactly where will our graduates find meaningful employment?
In order for me to make better sense out of my surroundings, the culture of Adams County, and answer some of the questions that I just asked, I have deliberately taken the time to speak with many people throughout Adams County, attend workshops, and read several articles and books to better understand the beauty as well as the challenges of the Appalachian culture.
Recently, I just completed a book called “Hillbilly Elegy” written by J.D. Vance. J.D. Vance authors his memoir of a family and culture in crisis. J.D. writes that “Hillbilly Elegy” is a passionate and personal crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The Vance family story began with hope in post-war America. J.D.’s grandparents were dirt poor and in love and moved from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would serve in the Marine Corps, graduate from Ohio State, and graduate from Yale Law School. As J.D. discusses his trial and tribulations living in Appalachia and eventually graduating from Yale Law School, so will be the case for some, but not enough of our Adams County students who will successfully enter the workforce or attend and graduate from college.
As a school superintendent and member of the Adams County School/Community, my hope is that while we embrace the rich tradition and history of our Appalachian culture, we recognize the need to increase the importance of education and provide our students with unlimited opportunities for success. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

One comment:

  1. I think what needs to be understood is that education and success are relative terms and have very different meanings to different people. And levels of education many times increase through generations of a family. My father was first generation HS Grad and through his encouragement I became a first generation college grad. Although J.D. Vance relates a compelling saga of Appalachian life I don’t beleve success should only be measured by ones level of education or thr college they attended. Over and above that it needs to be understood that not all Appalachian people fit the sensationalized mold that Mr. Vance portrays in his book. I was raised on a small farm in Appalachia. We had an outdoor toilet, heated with wood, amd for a time carried in water in a bucket. My parents rarely argued, niether was an addict of alcohol or drugs, and they were both adults when they married. Much like about all of my friends whom lived alot the same way we did. I never saw my father display helplesness or chaos, even in the modst of hard times. My grandfather had an 8th grade education. He built a successful construction company from the ground up through hard work and dedication. He built many fine homes and commercial buildings, employed many people and had his work featured on television and other media. He was very financially successful and owned vacation homes and took vacations just like many highly educated professionals did. I believe the greatest preparation we can give to our children is to teach them master basic skills, instill in them a strong work ethic, and to educate themselves on what path they want to follow I life. And hopefully make them unferstand that success is not measured soley by the level of ones education or where they attained it. Buy by setting goals working and preparing themselves to achive them. Although literature is a valuable learning tool, we have to understand that a book is basically the authors opinion, or viewpoint through his a or her experiences. And they do not always give a totally accurate picture of how things are everywhere, especially outside the spectrum of the authors experience.

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