Highlighter Heroes

Emma Baader, Crown Writer & Photographer

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An upperclassman with a highlighter-colored shirt opens the door for a freshman.  A freshman’s face immediately turns bright red; however, after endless cheers and chants welcoming them to the first day of school, a smile always appears. These cheering heroes with highlighter shirts are known as mentors. The Marian Central Mentor Program helps underclassmen with their schedules, rules of the school, managing time, and so much more. The mentor program aids the freshmen to prepare for the higher level workload and difficulties they endure in high school. This challenges our mentors to balance their time and helps teach our new mentors to manage their time as well. Junior year is a huge year for new mentors; they learn new skills in leadership and commitment. The program is constantly changing and evolving. Each year senior mentors graduate which leaves new leadership positions for incoming juniors as new mentors.

Junior year is a great year for students to start using their leadership skills, and the mentor program grants these students opportunities to learn such skills. This gives them more time before graduation to prepare students for college and life. The juniors have had much practice on understanding how to correctly manage their time; this can help them give great fresh advice about school. Lilli Leggett(11), an excited mentor, said, “The workload at Marian Central can be hard at times, but you learn to manage your time quickly.” Marian’s courses teach our mentors to manage their time well which can help both them and their mentees succeed academically. Some people believe that adults have more knowledge with helping the underclassmen adapt to high school; however, it seems underclassmen enjoy the perspective given by the juniors and seniors. The upperclassmen can relate to the freshman more because they were freshman less than three years ago. The mentor program requires students to serve as role models for the underclassmen which can inspire the underclassmen to want to succeed in all school activities and academics. 

While helping the underclassmen, the new mentors also learn skills in both leadership and commitment to this program. The mentors take charge and help the underclassmen by helping them with their adjustment to high school. They give the freshman the rules of the school and advice for the classes they are taking freshman year. Leggett (11) said, “As a mentor, you earn a lot of patience because you have a limited amount of time with your mentees and that sometimes that may get cut short with activities.” Patience is a great quality to learn, especially for teenagers. Most teens are so busy or involved, running from at full speed; the program allows them to slow down and appreciate their time as a high school student as the guide others.  

The Marian Central Mentors receive very high expectations from the teachers and students. Madison Dahm(11), a new junior mentor said, “We all try our best in school and with our activities and try to be good role models for the underclassmen.” The mentors are constantly involved and sometimes there are not enough hours in the day, but they are up for the challenge to make it work. However, it isn’t just the students who expect a lot out of the mentors. Teachers expect the juniors and seniors to put the work in class and be helpful. Classes for the juniors and seniors move faster than the underclassmen. The mentors balance their rigorous schedule very well.

The time for new leaders has come, and the mentors are chosen. They have been through rigorous training and are fully prepared for the upcoming nervous questions and uncertain expectations. Heroes are in high demand; mentors are geared up and ready to deliver. The next time an underclassman asks a question, there is a good chance a yellow shirt has got the answer.

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