Down in the corner of the school lies “happy land” as other teachers call it, otherwise known as Agricultural Science. Not all students are a part of the agriculture community, meaning not everyone has a reason to walk down that hallway, but everyone should explore this area. Sophomore Cate Makenzie says, “I didn’t expect there to be so many options- different types of agriculture and not just cats and dogs. You get to find yourself through agriculture and you find what defines you as a person. You also become closer with your classmates, and my favorite part is how much we socialize.”
There are many teachers in the Ag hallway that students have never even met, or heard about. One of those many amazing teachers is Mr. Williams. Mr. Williams teaches Agricultural Mechanics, Natural Resources and Intro to FFA. I asked Mr. Williams what he would say to students who know nothing about Ag. He responded with, “I want them to know that we are here, and we have so much more going on down here than they would imagine: we are amazing.”
Sophomore Claire Fenaughty says, “It’s a fun-loving experience and it gave me so many opportunities that I didn’t think I would have when going into agriculture.”
“He is so funny and he always answers our questions perfectly. I always enjoy going to his class everyday. He is definitely one of my favorite agriculture teachers!” Says Mackenzie. Out of all of the classes he teaches, Natural Resources is his favorite, and not just to teach; outside of school, his favorite thing to do is gather wild food and to go on hikes at Bluff Point. During mushroom season, he goes off track and goes mushroom hunting! He also enjoys cooking, using the mushrooms he finds, and making jam for his Natural Resources students using the berries that were found by his students during classtime. Although Natural Resources is his favorite, he does have a passion for mechanics. He says that he loves to find the missing puzzle piece and problem solve. As many of you may have seen in the music hallway, many teachers have shared a picture of themselves from high school, along with advice for high school students. This is what Mr. Williams had to say,
“You’ll be here for four years. Commit yourself to making the most of and enjoying the journey. Remember that the people around you (students, teachers, coaches, custodials staff) are all on their own journeys; but they will also help you become the best ‘you’ possible. Treat them with the kindness, respect and humility that they deserve.” Take Mr. Williams advice as it may help you as you make your way through high school.
Junior Ally Keefe is a staff writer for the 2021-2022 yearbook. She is a dedicated cat and fish mom!! She enjoys spending all her money on things she doesn’t need. And when she is not working, she is with her besties!!