A couple of weeks ago we installed "fatheads" of students in a prominent hallway, and let me tell you it caused quite a stir. The fat head project was the brainchild of Associate Principal Steve Guzzetta, who wanted our students to have something cool and inspirational to look at. The idea was to pick some 11th grade leaders performing in their natural habitat, and paste them on the walls for students aspiration and inspiration.
Who are the Fatheads?
We picked student leaders from five organizations - just to start. The first five are a test group, and we will add fatheads if all goes well. Each year we'll put up a new batch of 11th grade leaders from a variety of organizations. The organizations will probably change from year to year. So as you're passing by these lifesize vinyl facsimiles, here are some things to consider:
Fatheads are Just Representations.While the fatheads are a way to honor the hard work and leadership of students, they're really intended to be something to which younger students aspire. The fat heads are representations of what we want our students to be.
The fatheads aren't real people. They're just very pretty pictures of real people. These real people aren't perfect. They make mistakes, but they persevere after making those mistakes. Students who get fatheads shouldn't feel pressure to be perfect. (This would be a giant fail.) Real people are imperfect - the best we can expect from them is to work hard and get better.
There's just no way to make a fathead for every student. In fact, it will be difficult to even have a fathead for every organization. There's simply too many students and too many organizations. So we have to be happy for those who get one. These are our friends and classmates. Remember, they represent what all of us have to offer!
Wait - We CAN All Be Fatheads!
While we can't be two dimensional static cling fatheads that reside on the wall, we can be living breathing, walking, talking fatheads. We can live our lives as representatives of the very best that Taylor High School has to offer. We can work hard, do our best, be honest, make a difference in the lives of others, have a growth mindset, think about the consequences of our actions, and always think about how we represent ourselves, our families and community, and our school. We can all be fatheads knowing that even though we aren't getting public recognition, people do pay attention to us. Our hard work will pay off and we will make the world a better place. The satisfaction of a job well done is the ultimate reward for hard work!
So next time you see the fathead on the wall, remember that we're all fatheads who represent the Taylor Mustang brand!
Photographs by 12th grade secretary Anetrius Wallace.
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