The Impact of Challenge Day 1/21/13
Junior David Mills walks the Midland High halls differently.
The impact of his first Challenge Day was an awakening...
Mills:"I had a lot of eye opening 'oh that happened' and 'oh that affected me'"
…which inspired him to return to Challenge Day as a teen leader.
Mills: And when I decided to go back. I wanted to go back to be an influence. Because I see the pain of what my friends are going through. I wanted to journey with them. I want to be that influence.
Emotions were drained and bonds were made at this year's Challenge Day.
Mills: It was a lot of love… sadness and despair.. a mix of emotions.. but mainly love.
It's a program that ignites healthy self-expression… a chance to celebrate diversity.. and an opportunity to be a positive change.
David convinced one of his friends to participate in the program. Described by David as timid…. She gained the courage to stand up and speak to the student body about her struggles.
Mills: It was the most humbling thing that has happened in my young adult life.
Another student took to the mic to express her deepest feelings and regrets.
Brockington: I felt the need to stand up and apologize. I wanted to change and be different.
And life after Challenge Day is different...
Mills: I do feel it's a great influence.. but it's really up to the person.. it takes courage to go out of one's comfort zone and change.
Brockington: I see people that went-and they aren't afraid to speak or walk up to someone