Millennium Charter Academy recently observed its annual upper school honor code signings, coordinating the events around Constitution Day.
All MCA students third grade and up sign the honor code, but upper school students do so publicly in front of their teachers and peers. On Sept. 17 students in grades six through eight observed Constitution Day, beginning the day with the honor code signing and hearing speeches by older MCA students.
Madison Meadows, a tenth-grade student, talked about how students should respect others. She said, “With the honorable students that we are being molded into comes many great moral lessons. Honor leads us to respect others, because they have the same worth we do. We are also learning to stand, without fear, for what we believe in.”
Dalton Collins, another 10th grader, told the students, “Honor is something that cannot be taken away by anybody but yourself, as said by William Lyon Phelps. ‘You can be deprived of your money, your job, and your home by someone else, but remember that no one can ever take away your honor.’ “
Just before the students came to sign their pledge, Jessica Huson, another sophomore, talked about how the MCA Honor Code had some similarities to The Constitution of the United States. She said, “We, as citizens, have the freedoms of speech, religion, petition, and equality. But along with these freedoms, we also have expectations. These expectations are to ensure that our freedom is not abused. For example, we have the freedom of speech, but you cannot scream ‘fire’ in a movie theatre. We have the freedom to bear arms but you cannot use them at your free will. This correlates with the qualities of the Honor Code Signing here at Millennium.”
Following the signing, eighth grade students participated in a live, online streaming event sponsored by Discovery Education, in which they “met” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer who spoke about the details of his job and answered students’ questions.
On Friday, Sept. 18 MCA high school students participated in their honor code signing. The guest speaker for this event was U.S. Navy Ensign Jeśus Dominguez.
Dominquez has a masters in counseling and a bachelor of business administration and is bilingual in Spanish and English with some fluency in Japanese. While in the military he worked with orphanages in Japan, Djibouti, Philippines, Kenya, and the Republic of Korea. He helped lead humanitarian efforts in Ishinomaki, Japan, after the 2011 tsunami. He has served in Iraq, Jordan, Bahrain, and the Pentagon as a Marine captain and executive assistant to a top-ranking general in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is currently a Navy Chaplain Candidate Program Officer.
Dominguez challenged the high school students to seek the truth.
“Today, though some of you may want to know what truth is, I cannot give it to you, for you must find it yourselves,” he said.
“However, if there is one thing I want you to remember from this entire presentation, remember this – seek truth with all your courage and commitment, and it will find you. Your pledge today includes words like honor, courage, and commitment, pillars of character. However, without the proper foundation, they, too, are pillars of character found in men like Adolph Hitler and Kim Jong Il of North Korea. This morning I have given you the tools to win the battle. All you need to do is find the enemy, push past it, and seize truth so that in everything you do you may find meaning and purpose.”
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