By: Morgan Mansfield/Sophomore Writer
Blue Ridge’s high school staff members are very personable and have made numerous positive impacts on many of their students. Amber Cavanaugh, a high school senior at Blue Ridge, has been impacted by three of Blue Ridge’s impactful staff; Mrs. Bobby McCain, Mrs. Adele Bennett, and Mrs. Casey Webster.
“They all impacted my life by showing me I can do anything I put my mind to, and by how much each one did for me,” said Cavanaugh.
“Never give up, even when things get hard,” is something Cavanaugh plans to carry with her into her life after high school. It is one of the many things that she has learned from Bennett, who has enjoyed watching Cavanaugh mature throughout high school, and is looking forward to see her success in the future.
McCain taught Cavanaugh to follow her dreams and not to let anyone stand in her way. Cavanaugh will carry that inspiration with her, even in her life after high school.
McCain said, “I don’t think that I have ever experienced or witnessed a more dramatic transformation in a young lady than Amber from Junior High to Senior year. She has overcome struggles, too many to count, and I am so very proud of her drive to become the best person she can be in life.”
One thing from Webster that Cavanaugh plans to carry into her life after high school, is that she is capable of doing anything as long as she keeps trying.
Webster told Raider Reader, “Amber is one of the students that I wish would never graduate. She has grown tremendously since I first met her in 9th grade. Amber has evolved into a responsible, organized young adult who is not afraid to advocate for herself. I have been lucky enough to be a part of her high school career and can honestly say that she has taught me more about perseverance than she will ever know. I could not be prouder and I am confident that she will continue to positively impact others, as she did at Blue Ridge.”
Once she graduates, Cavanaugh will miss seeing their smiling faces and being able to talk to them about her day. Most of all, she will miss the way they incouraged her to follow her dreams and to never lose hope.
When asked why she believes connections are important, Bennett replied, “It allows students to have a person to go to, who will be there for him. It allows students a safe haven as well as gives them someone who holds high expectations of them.”
McCain told Raider Reader, “when connections are made, students feel safe and when students feel safe, then growth both academically and in a person’s character can take place, not only for the student, but for the adult as well. I learn from my students every day.”
Similar to what McCain said, Webster believes that, “making connections creates a safe environment where students and educators can recognize and break down barriers that may prevent them for reaching their full potential and beyond.”
Morgan Mansfield is a third year journalism student, taking on her senior year of high school. She spends most of her free time singing, playing, or writing music. Fascinated by the human mind, Morgan plans to obtain a degree in Clinical Psychology and become a therapist to help people work through their troubles.