A Fond Farewell to Ocean Academy

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My name is Nik, I have been a student at Ocean Academy for five years, and I would like to tell you about my experiences.

When I first joined Ocean Academy, I didn’t think much of it. I simply thought “Oh, it’s just another behavioral school trying to tell me what to do.” I never did what I was told, and I always thought that I was right; thinking that I could do whatever I wanted and get away with it. I was wrong. I argued, provoked, and attempted to fight with other students. A lot of the students weren’t having it, but I continued anyway for the purpose of amusement which was completely unnecessary. I had always lied, and I always disrespected the One on One Paraprofessional I had, Mrs. Crosta. Mrs. Newman was my counselor at Ocean Academy.

I started to attend Bayside, where I learned coping skills and other mechanisms to help myself learn how to calm me down. My counselor was Michelle and her nickname was Minnie. I had been at Bayside for two years, overstaying my limit as usual. I didn’t want to put up with people anymore. I really just wanted to do my own thing and be my own kind of person.

The third year, we had gotten a new principal. I had calmed a little bit, and matured  a tad but it still wasn’t enough to put me where I am now.After I had earned myself a little recognition for telling the truth, I had people believing me when I told them things, which felt good. One day, in the cafeteria I  got mad at a teacher and I threw a chair at the wall out of anger. As a result I was suspended for ten days and had to attend a meeting to discuss whether I would be able to come back to Ocean Academy, as well as a possible charge for destruction of school property. I was 16 years old at the time, and I didn’t really care until I realized how upset my parents were. Nobody really thought I could change. I decided right then and there that I didn’t want to spend my life in jail, and I wanted to help myself using the great support system at Ocean Academy.

Mr. Corbett gave me a chance to stay, and I was happy that he did. From there on out, I focused on bettering myself. I wasn’t allowed to use my bank account at Ocean Academy for the entire year as a discipline and that frustrated me, but it also taught me responsibility and that there are consequences for negative actions. I realized that the more mature I got, the more people looked up to me and the happier I became. I continued to do better. Mrs. Crosta and all the staff were very proud of me.

My fourth year at Ocean Academy, I graduated High School and I thought that I had lost my hopes and dreams of ever returning back to district. I was a little bit upset that I had to return to OA because I didn’t have a job. However instead of complaining, I actually went out and did something about it. I now working, and I started  at OCVTS with hopes of returning to district. Boy did I luck out! I am returning to district with a healthy mindset, with a job, and with people that respect me and even want me to visit. My next goal is to get my Driver’s License, and I will continue setting up goals and making baby steps to get to that goal. Nothing is achieved overnight. Everything takes time.

 

A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO MRS. CROSTA, MRS. COLE, MRS. NEWMAN, DR. SENESE, AND MR. CORBETT FOR THE CHANCE!

 

           

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  • Logan
    Reply

    I didn’t really know Nik but its going to be sad to see him leave.

  • Anthony Chase
    Reply

    Nick was a nice kid with a big heart and I will miss him a lot but I also want him to know that we are all in his corner and that he can always visit us any time.

  • Carlos Gomez
    Reply

    I wish him good luck.

  • jysheir
    Reply

    I didn’t really know Nik but he was a fun kid to talk to I’m happy that he’s back in school!

  • James dobias
    Reply

    I wish him the best of luck and hope so see him in district.

  • Stephanie Feliciano
    Reply

    OMG!! I hope you like your new school. GOOD LUCK. I will always miss you brother. Come and visit us at the school sometime.

  • krystal zartler
    Reply

    Nick was a great friend, He helped people when they were upset, it was like he was actually working at OA. It’s hard to see someone leave , but its good that they’re doing better and realizing their do’s and dont’s. I hope he will come and visit soon and share how well he is doing in life.

  • Bethanie
    Reply

    I’m happy he’s back in school but sad because we took the bus together. He’s a great guy.

  • Kyra Bethel
    Reply

    I am so privileged to have met you Nik, you made OA so much more enjoyable and you made me laugh every second, thank you for the memories you gave me and the stitch toy you gave me, I wish you the best of luck in life.

  • Chris Kenney
    Reply

    I didn’t know Nick was but I’m he was a nice kid!

  • Chris Kenney
    Reply

    I’m sure Nik was a fun kid to hangout with!

  • Sarah
    Reply

    Farewell Nik! I didn’t know you really but your story really is inspiring for others, such as me. We as a school will surely miss you and I hope you will return someday to visit.

  • Lynn Newman
    Reply

    Best of luck Nik!! We are all so very proud of you. Keep in touch.

  • Vanessa Hausser
    Reply

    I remember meeting you NIk on my first day working at OA. You introduced yourself, extended your hand and welcomed me like a true gentleman. Thank you for sharing your story and I wish you continued success. As you stated Nik, things do take time. One of my favorite quotes by Zig Ziglar, “There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs”.

  • Judy
    Reply

    Best of Luck Nik!!!

  • Ms. Caffee
    Reply

    Nik thank you for sharing your story. I enjoyed your sense of humor and will miss having you in class. Best of luck in all those goals you reach for!

  • Mrs. Alicia
    Reply

    Nik, good luck on your journey! I am so proud of everything you accomplished and hope you continue to follow your dreams.

  • Mrs. Crosta
    Reply

    Nik, I am so very proud of you. You were my Number 1 tech guy for our classroom and really miss your help! Wishing you a most successful future.

  • zach
    Reply

    Good luck Nick!

  • Dylan Dagner
    Reply

    I didn’t know Nik that much. But I wish him good luck in the future.

  • Michelle Juska
    Reply

    Best of luck. You should be so proud of yourself.
    Love mini

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