Each year the
students in the journalism program at PHS finish the course by writing press
releases. The class partners with the Princeton Herald to publish the stories.
These are also featured on the district website under Latest Headlines. This
article is written by Hunter Worthy.
Assistance Leadership (PALs) Program at Princeton High School is an
organization designed with the motive of helping the youth of the school
district, and the goal is to have a positive impact on younger students.
organization’s successful past, administrators continue to look for ways to
improve the program. In preparation for the upcoming year, they have decided on
a few changes to the structure and selection process in order to carry out
their plan efficiently.
“I think they
look for students who are willing to go the extra mile to be a role model to
help the little kids,” said incoming senior PALs member Alyssa Rivera. “That
does not always mean the smartest or most popular; just the ones willing to put
in the most effort.”
PALs teacher Matthew Riggins, there are going to be significant changes to the
program for the upcoming year, and he shared what he envisions changing for the
“So the plan
for next year was to have all returning PALs be re-interviewed,” Riggins said. “We
also changed the interview questions to make them more complex and generate
specific answers. It will make the group more exclusive and enable them to
accomplish more overall.”
To go along
with the changes to the selection process, Riggins will be the sole PALs
point we had no additional teachers willing to take on an extra class of PALs,
like we did this year,” Riggins said.
Riggins was given an additional class period for PALs, so this change should
not affect the students, although some of the returning PALs will have a
involved with PALs are optimistic for the upcoming year.
“I have heard
about some changes, and I understand it,” Alyssa said. “It will really help
with filtering and getting fresh, new minds in the group. The crop of people
should be better in terms of carrying out the objective of the program. If
anything, there will be more prestige to it all.”
plans are underway to prepare for the new school year, the campus schedules
will determine how many schools will reap the benefits of having PALs visit
campuses as mentors.
“I am glad we
can continue with two classes,” Riggins said. “That way, we can maximize our
impact and visit as many of the campuses that have a need for us and continue
to have a presence at all the elementary schools.”
his PALs are confident this program makes a difference through mentoring
“I think the impact
of PALs is far reaching,” he said. “It even changes the lives of the high
schoolers who are involved. I think this program should be around for many
years to come.”