This school year is now at the midpoint and it has been an interesting year full of change and success. In August, our student body met our new principal, Mr. Jeremy Crigger, for the first time. Mr. Crigger held an assembly where he welcomed the students and explained his goals for the year along with a few new rules for our school. Now that we are mid way into the year, we interviewed Mr. Crigger about how he felt last semester went and his goals for the future of our school.
Mr. Crigger said that we had a great first semester here at Walker. “I am proud of the test scores, the athletic department, and the individual accomplishments such as Kristen Mosley and her success in winning Junior Miss,” said Mr. Crigger. He stated that his goals are to continue the high expectations of the school. “To continue excelling in academics, sports, and the arts, and to always strive for more, never be satisfied, is what I want us to focus on.” He shared with us a quote that he keeps on his desk that gives him inspiration, “If you always do what you always did then you’ll always get what you always got.” We asked him if he had any advice to the students of Walker. He gave this advice for the seniors, “Make the most of your high school years, because when you are out of high school, you may find you’ll want to come back. This is probably the easiest point in your life and to take advantage of all the opportunities you get.” For all the underclassmen he offers, “They should also take advantage of everything given to them now. Take care of their business, meaning making sure they take all the classes they need to graduate and filling out scholarships. Don’t limit yourselves.”
We asked Mr. Crigger a few questions about himself, like what his favorite subject was and what sports he participated in. “My favorite subject was always math because it was challenging and you learned something new everyday. I played football, basketball, and baseball in high school and I coached during my college years, and that is how I got involved in the education field.” We asked him if he had always envisioned himself as a high school principal and he said, “It has always been a goal of mine to be a principal. I miss the inside relationships of being in a classroom and coaching, but I enjoy administration.” Finally, we asked him what he believed the strength of our school was and he said, “I think it is the unity among the students and faculty. Everyone is caring and passionate. And, I believe Walker has so much to offer as an excellent 5A high school.”
-Ginnie Duncan and Jon Black