The Road of Perseverance
5 People Who Overcame Adversity
What is Perseverance?
Winston Churchill (Cause & Effect)
Robby Novak; Kid President (Description)
The Lady Jags in Losing to Win (Problem & Solution)
Carroll County in Tennessee has a 19.6% poverty rate and a 12.3% unemployment rate. There is a schools there called Carroll Academy that helps students get educational credits that were kicked out of regular school or court ordered to go there. The students that attend there face many hardships and adversities in their lives such as neglecting or jailed parents, drug abuse, anger or depression problems, and an unsafe house and environment to live in. One way this school aids the students with their problems is through their girl basketball team called the Lady Jags. This team has only won 6 games in 14 years of playing and has a 212 losing streak. The coaches utilize this unfortunate status to their advantage by using it to teach the girls life lessons and instill qualities in them. These qualities include hope, perseverance, friendship, teamwork, and resilience. The life lessons they teach from the poor record of the basketball team is that it doesn’t matter how bad the score of a game is, or the number of adversities in their lives, but what matters instead is how they deal with the problem. Instead of getting angry or sad, they should keep a positive attitude and keep trying. This helps prepare the girls for how they will deal with and even triumph over the adversities and hardships that they will inevitably face throughout their lives. Overall, Carroll Academy works for a great cause and is a tremendous source of help and hope for the students which live in the area of Carroll County that unfortunately face many problems in their lives.