GOOD NEWS: Dacula grad, Yale student fires up teachers

SUWANEE — When Will Searcy speaks to new teachers, even early in the morning on a summer day, caffeine isn’t needed.

For the second straight year, the 2012 Dacula High graduate and Yale University sophomore, received a standing ovation and extended applause at Peachtree Ridge High School after he gave a speech designed to motivate Gwinnett County Public School teachers new to the district.

Searcy’s message was so well-received that a steady line of teachers shook his hand and thanked him afterward.

“I absolutely love it,” he said. “The best quote I’ve heard is, ‘People need to be reminded more than they need to be taught.’ It’s really just reminding them of the impact they can have on students, because they know that. In this room and across the county, they have everything they need to change the world. I love to inspire them, and try to inspire them, to think big and dream big.”

Searcy, who graduated in the top 10 of his high school class, is actively involved in the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team, and was the student body president at Dacula. He plans to pursue law school, and is a political science major with an emphasis on urban studies, planning and public policy. Eventually, one of Searcy’s goals is to run for public office.

Along with working with the GSLT, Searcy spoke at Shiloh High’s graduation this year.

“Any opportunity I have to speak, I generally try take it,” he said.

At Yale, Searcy said he realized that Gwinnett is one of the best counties in the country at preparing students for any level of education or profession.

“I felt like I was just as prepared as any other person who went to any other private school, or prep school,” he said. “Just because in Gwinnett County, they expect excellence. My teachers were pushing me to think outside the box, and think critically, and that’s what it really comes down to. At Yale, they say their job is to teach us to think critically, and to solve problems. For me to be able to get a taste of that in Gwinnett County, it helped me to step into that role as an Ivy League student.”

This summer, Searcy worked internships with Booster Enterprises’ human resources department and event management. He also worked with the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, which worked in public policy around Atlanta and the state. Searcy’s job was to develop strategies to improve civic engagement for his generation.

He plans to speak to Dacula High’s freshmen before he returns to Yale on Aug. 23.

Gwinnett Tech grads earn high marks

For the third straight year, 100 percent of the students in Gwinnett Tech’s Surgical Technology Program earned a passing rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist exam, which assesses practical knowledge and skills in the field.

“It is icing on the cake to have obtained higher scores this cycle than we have ever had in the past,” said T.C. Parker, Gwinnett Tech’s surgical technology director.

Surgical technologists work under supervision of a surgeon or registered nurse to ensure that the operating room is safe, the equipment functions properly and patient safety is the top priority. Gwinnett Tech’s surgical technology students consistently record at least a 90 percent pass rate on their first attempt at the test, a press release said.

The CST is recognized in the healthcare community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation. In addition, it is required for employment within most local, state and national healthcare organizations.

Keith Farner writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.