Classroom Cribs: Neville High School
If you ask any student how they feel about public speaking, the following answer is quite common.
"It was kind of scary," says Neriah Tolliver. "
That's how Tolliver used to feel, when she first joined Neville's Speech & Debate Squad. But now, she's dancing to a different tune.
"I've learned how to block my pieces by myself, how to cut my pieces myself, how to plays and productions, so not only have I learned business, but also the skill of acting and debate," says Tolliver.
Karah Haynes is also a member of the sqaud. She's planning to go into the medical field after graduation, but says this class has helped her in more ways than one.
"It made me more social and I can hold a logical conversation with anybody," says Haynes.
Speech and Debate Coach Zahkeya Shaw used to take this class when she was a student at Neville High School. She says watching her students growth has been nothing short of amazing.
"They've come from thinking this is something they want to do, to now knowing this is what they want to do, so it feels good knowing that I've influences some people who are going to make a change," says Shaw.
Other students at Neville are exercising freedom of the press. The Neville Tradition is the school's weekly newspaper. Students use programs like InDesign and Photoshop to make the newspaper, then it's sent off for printing.
"It's taught me leadership skills and brought me out of my shell as a person," says Samuel Donn.
Donn started here as a reporter his freshman year.
"But now I'm the Editor-in-Chief," says Donn.
Samuel Donn is the supervisor at the Neville Tradition, but says he can't take credit for the success of the paper.
Rather than the hands on approach of teaching, he simply serves as a guide for his students.
"It makes them take it more seriously," says Donn. "It makes them invest themselves an take ownership of the project more because if they're accountable to me the only penalty is their grade, but if their accountable to each other then they learn that social networking element of the professional world."
Another group of students at Neville are making the dream work with teamwork.
Quiz Bowl is an academic competition where students compete against each other on topics from science to literature and pop culture.
"The first person to hit the buzzer with the correct answer gets the points, " then if you get the points you get bonus questions and you'll go through a series of 20 questions and whoever has the highest score at the end is the winner of that round," says Karari Hanks.
Jansyn Jenkins says the learning never stops in this club. She says it's teaching her not to take knowledge for granted.
"I'm learning to see a piece of information and hold on to it, because you never know how a little thing like that may help you gain a point in Quiz Bowl," says Jenkins.