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Freshman Impact Influences Students

Chase Merrill - Staff Reporter, The Headlight 

     On September 27, Canistota Freshman, along with four upperclassmen volunteers, joined six other schools to take-part in a Freshman Impact experience located at the Hanson County School.

     The schedule was full from start to finish. As soon as the freshmen arrived at the school, they were split into various groups. After an opening video they shelled off into different learning stations throughout the school. After stations and a brief lunch, students filed into the gymnasium to hear Paula Lynch, a teacher at Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, speak about the unforgettable experience of her son’s tragic death while driving under the influence. After the guest speaker, it was time for a skit and mock car wreck put on by Canistota, Ethan, and Hanson High School volunteers. The skit started out at a graduation party with the student-actors simulating underage consumption.

     One actor, CHS Senior Andrew Weber, insisted on driving a group of people home even though he was under the influence. After a few minutes passed, the gym lights became dim and over the intercom a 911 operator could be heard talking to someone who reported an accident. The caller described a horrific crash with multiple teenagers in critical condition. The freshmen then went outside and witnessed two wrecked cars and several bloody victims begging for help. Then the emergency response team arrived on the scene, trying to rescue any victims in need. After all of the injured were carted off to the hospital, one teenage girl with a white-colored cloth covering her body remained. A hearse showed up to take the girl to the gym for her funeral.

     A speaker described the girl’s short-lived life and the future she would have had. The final stop for the freshmen was the court case Andrew Weber versus The State of South Dakota. Weber was sentenced to 15 years, and would have to start serving immediately.

     The court case was held in an effort to show students that just one single mistake can ruin someone’s life. Although emotional and thought-provoking, the day was very beneficial and taught the freshmen lessons to consider when making future decisions.

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The mission of the Canistota School District is to prepare students to be successful in society by providing a high-quality education enriched with opportunities for all students.


It is the vision of the Canistota School District to improve individual growth and student accountability through academic rigor and a safe supportive environment.  We strive to provide students with challenging instructional opportunities enhanced with global resources.  It is our goal to equip students with the ability to adapt into becoming productive members of society‚Äč.

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