By Emari Benito
On Thursday, Mar. 2, DHS hosted a parent-student presentation night for 8th graders. Around 200 students and parents attended the presentation. After the presentation, there was a separate lecture for parents and students who were interested in enrolling in AP/Honors classes. Five seniors currently enrolled in AP classes were asked to give their insight about the difference between level classes and honors classes.
Matthew Anderson, senior, spoke about how honors classes are manageable, even when participating in extracurricular activities. Brody Morgan, senior, spoke about the quality of teaching in the AP programs. Blake Harper, senior, spoke about differences in coursework in honors classes and the advantages of honors classes when it comes to applying for colleges. Graeme Morrison, senior, spoke about the quality of the learning experience as well as the feeling of community among students in the honors program. Emari Benito, senior, spoke about misconceptions concerning the honors program and shared about her experience in AP classes and honors classes.
Graeme Morrison shared why he attended the eighth grade presentation night.
“I thought that it was a good way for me to get my message out there about honors, because I know when I was in eighth grade coming into freshman year, there wasn’t really a lot for us to grasp onto; we kind of went into it blind,” Morrison said.
Morrison has a piece of advice to leave for incoming freshmen concerning AP/ Honors classes: “Just do it!
“Seriously though, it’ll benefit you a lot. You need to take AP/Honors classes if you can handle that kind of stress. It’s not that much of a workload- you do have more complex homework, but you don’t have MORE homework.
“There’s the biggest difference. It’s just fun to be in that kind of community, around other people who want to excel like you do, and it will really benefit you when it comes to getting into colleges and stuff. You can do anything with that.”