Dressing for success at TCCHS
by AZIZA JACKSON
Oct 01, 2010 | 2455 views |  1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senior Tyrell Meadows sits with his fellow 2011 classmates during the opening ceremony for Professional Academy Day in the Clarence Marble Gymnasium at Talladega County Central High School.
Senior Tyrell Meadows sits with his fellow 2011 classmates during the opening ceremony for Professional Academy Day in the Clarence Marble Gymnasium at Talladega County Central High School.
slideshow
TALLADEGA COUNTY — Talladega County Central High School celebrated Professional Academy Day with an opening ceremony Tuesday that observed the significance of professional dress and success in the 21st century.

Professional Academy Day will take place at TCCHS every Thursday and will not only require students to dress professionally, but faculty and staff as well.

This dress code includes what is called “full academy dress,” which consists of navy blazers, white shirts and blouses, khaki pants or skirts, and appropriate shoes.

Teachers are also encouraged to incorporate individual and group presentations into their lesson plans for Professional Academy Day to promote confidence and self-esteem through business attire during oral communication.

Tuesday’s program began with a processional of grades seven-12 to “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by a welcome from principal Vanessa Scott.

The school’s administration chose “Pomp and Circumstance” to encourage students to stay in school and be a part of their graduating class. Motivating students to finish school also coincides with the school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals of increasing the graduation rate at TCCHS.

Scott urged students to commit themselves to excellence and to use Professional Academy Day as a launch pad for a successful academic future at TCCHS.

“Professional Academy Day is another tool we are adding to your toolbox,” Scott said.

She told students she and her faculty were there to assist them in meeting TCCHS standards and ensure they are ready for the world and equipped with the knowledge needed for a successful future.

“It is so awesome to see you all dressed so nice this morning,” guest speaker Jacqueline Paddio said as she opened her address to the students in the audience.

Paddio, who is vice president of student affairs at Talladega College, made a charge to students that challenged them to define their own success and to use the many resources around them both at home and at school.

“Education is not the only component needed to make this growth successful,” Paddio said. “We must plant seeds of empowerment in this generation so you can soar to the next level.”

She also encouraged students to search within for their success, instead of measuring their success in material objects like houses and cars.

“Success does not define you, what defines you is how you achieve success,” said Paddio.

In her address to students, Paddio also shared a few key components to achieving success through four tools she called “D.E.C.A.”

D stands for discipline, E stands for excellence, C stands for commitment, and A stands for access.

Paddio, Scott and Talladega County Schools Superintendent Suzanne Lacey told the students how proud they were of them for their participation in Professional Academy Day.

The students’ participation illustrated a unified effort by TCCHS to contribute to the Talladega County School System’s vision of empowering successful citizens and contributors in the 21st century.

“Success is making a plan and carrying it on to the end,” Paddio said. “Success is determined by you, for you, and through you.”

Contact Aziza Jackson at ajackson@dailyhome.com.