By Ethan Johnson, 8th Grade
In summer 2013, I had just wrapped up a year being online schooled by K12. I thoroughly hated that school year, and I knew I was ready to go back to a physical school.
My mom allowed me to have a say in the school I’d choose. In the end, I was simply left with a choice between CAS and Town and Country, which is within reasonable walking distance of my home. I had no idea what either school would be like. At my first school, I only heard bad things about CAS. I had friends at Town and Country, which made me want to go there even more.
In frustration, I went to the CAS website, confronted with this difficult decision. As I read about the offerings, I heard a voice in my head as I read, telling me, “Choose CAS.” With newfound confidence, I told my mom, “I choose CAS.”
In August, I knew nobody. I felt so lonely… until I noticed a familiar face in my classroom. She was Jakia Davis, a friend of mine from fourth grade. Speaking of the classroom, one thing that caught my eye was the size of the classes. Compared to other schools, we have small classes. My class has 13 students only (out of 28 eighth graders)! Anyway, I made my first friend at CAS (Tino Llanes-Gibbs) on the very first day! Friends often outnumber bullies at CAS. Not, to say there are none, but few compared to other schools.
At CAS was my introduction to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. I used to think it was just for super-smart kids… until I made it to the state level. One of my main motivations was our school’s motto, “Higher Standards; Higher Expectations.” Everyone at my school takes the motto seriously, including me.
Even now, I am headed to the 2016 County Spelling Bee, having secured a third victory at the school level.
CAS has inspired me to do great things. Although I have plenty of friends attending JCMS, I never regret my decision.