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Scramble Leadership

My oldest son goes to a small Christian school, where he is a senior this year. The first Saturday night of each school year, there is a Junk Scramble. The four corners of the gym are stations for the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors respectively. There they set up camp, students bringing whatever they could find and whatever they think might be called for.

More than just the fun of seeing which class can be the first to bring “something reptile” to the center of the gym to the scrutiny of the awaiting judges, is the awareness of the classes getting to know each other better. In Michael’s class, I saw several times where seniors had the chance to do a little more preparation, and some of them just played basketball. In fact, it was quite obvious since each class wears a different color that night, that only seniors were messing around while all of the other classes were busy at their stations, organizing their junk and trying to be ready to quickly grab and run once the game began.

Michael reminded us that the junk scramble comes just before the election of class officers. I mentioned what I had seen and gave him some advice. Those seniors that were goofing off and messing around, don’t elect them to leadership positions. They didn’t show they were there to help and prepare. They didn’t take it seriously.a

I think the school is very wise to give the students such a fun and “ice breaker” type of activity at the beginning of the year to give students a chance to see what kind of personalities are in their classmates and who can they really count on. Perhaps more businesses and institutions should have junk scrambles for adults. Does a supervisor need to know who is up for a promotion? A junk scramble just might reveal who is working and who is not taking things seriously.

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Dues Paid

I was going over the final week of school schedule with my oldest. The private Christian school he goes to is very big on ceremony for graduation, so practice for seniors and Michael’s junior class is scheduled around final exams. The junior class, of course, has to escort the seniors and do a lot to help make sure the various ceremonies go perfectly. This includes the appreciation service, the baccalaureate and finally the commencement.

As usual, the final practice for the juniors and seniors is when the freshmen and sophomores are assigned to: clean up duty. I nudged Michael and smiled as I noted that he was getting out of that this year. He was quite relieved. I mentioned to him that he had paid his dues and not it was time to enjoy getting out of the end of year clean up.

Dues paid means you’ve done the hard labor and now you can reap the rewards. In our society of dumbing down everything, not hurting anyone’s feelings and treating everyone as if they have the same talents and abilities (sorry, I’m not too happy with a doc who made c’s and d’s in medical school); we tend to see paying our dues as unfair and cruel.

But Michael, who has worked hard for three years now in high school, gets to enjoy the fruit of his labors. I think it is a much more satisfying reward than someone giving it to you when you didn’t earn it, but they were afraid your feelings might be hurt. Well done son. Enjoy what you’ve worked hard for as a junior. Next year will be even better as you graduate with earned honors!

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