By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
The Corbin Center for Technology was packed Friday with high school students working for the Work Ethic Seal for their diplomas.
Corbin High School and Williamsburg High School met for lunch and heard how and why they should earn the seal to get better jobs. They were also encouraged to further their studies in college or technical schools, said Darrin Hensley, a graduate of Knox County High School.
Hensley said, after much consideration and a lot of hopes and dreams, he chose to become a standup comedian.
He told the students, among other things, “You find something you want to do. There will always be something keeping you from doing it. Always. You’re going to be the biggest reason you won’t do it.”
He said people don’t plan for the obstacles on the way to overcome them. “A big obstacle we have is to access things, or knowing things that you want to do or not.
“If you want to do something that is going to take a long time, it’s very easy to get distracted by other things,” he added.
He closed with, “Your reputation, especially in a small town, travels a lot faster than your car. People know you. Everybody in a small town knows everybody else and everybody knows you. If they don’t know you, they know somebody who knows you. So you’re going to be talked about in the right way.”
At the end of Hensley’s discussion came Cheryl Ellis, who presented certificates to juniors and seniors from Williamsburg High and seniors from Corbin High.
Diplomas for the Work Ethic Seal was presented by Corbin and Williamsburg schools in cooperation with the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Criteria for all three classes require maintained regular attendance, no more than two unexcused absences, no more than three unexcused tardies, a record free of disciplinary referrals and maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 with no failures.
Sophomore criteria also calls for attending all seven Work Ethic Success Skills sessions.
Also, in junior and senior criteria, the student must be involved in one of the following: an organized team sport, an organized non-team sport, extracurricular programs, part-time employment of 10 hours per week for four consecutive months during the school year or a minimum of 20 hours per week during the summer months.
They must also participate in a pre-approved community service project, or participate in a leadership conference.
Scholarships will be available through local colleges and universities. At the successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship.
For more information on the Work Ethic Seal program, contact Cheryl Ellis at 261-4030.