Sophomores gain friendships, get advice through mentoring program

The Sophomore-Senior Program, running Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during lunch, welcomes sophomores into high school and gets them involved with school events.
Running since 2001, SSP, lead by Tammy Hilliard, John See, Julie Wright, and Diane Buchi, enlists trusted seniors to guide sophomores through their first year in the high school.
“Senior mentors are here to help sophomores with figuring things out,” SSP director Hilliard said. “Like telling students where to buy homecoming tickets.”
Seniors stuck with SSP since sophomore year because of all the help and bonding the program allows.
“We are the only school I know of that does SSP,” senior Juliana Arcori said. “Everyone makes lasting relationships in SSP. I still talk to some of my senior mentors to this day.”
The sophomores in SSP have formed such close relationships that they never want to go to lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“The seniors are really nice,” sophomore Melinda Kamil said. “I tried my best to be social and to make friends, and I did.”
With 16 senior mentors and over 100 sophomores, SSP helps everyone branch out, build relationships, and become better leaders.