Trojan Tickets give students new incentive

There is a new incentive this semester for students to do good deeds and treat others with respect.

“Hey, Sydney, do you know what these little pink tickets are? I just got one for picking up the trash,” Parker Ferguson ‘17 said.

“Yeah, that’s a Trojan Ticket!” Sydney Smith ’15 said.

Instead of just punishing students for bad behavior, the administration wants to encourage people to have good behavior.

“Well we wanted to help continue to create a positive environment here at the high school. A lot of people are doing great things, and we want to reward kids for doing all the right things.” said Tracy McMahen, the dean of students.

“There are different levels of rewards,” McMahen said. “We have small rewards which would be candy, gum, maybe a free drink somewhere. Then you could get bigger prizes, which could be earbud holders, a movie ticket; we have some ten-dollar gift cards for that. Then we move on to even bigger prizes, where we actually have phone battery packs, head phones, Starbucks gift cards, and water bottles. So we have all different kinds of things so that way you get to choose what you like as you get the prizes.”

After the prizes were chosen, the next step was figuring out how to get the prizes to the students.

“There are four ways to earn prizes with Trojan Tickets,” said Smith. “The first one is going to the Sweet Shoppe and exchange one for Kettle Corn. The second way is turning one into Mrs. Bellian’s office, and every Monday morning, eight tickets will be drawn for small, medium, and large prizes.”

“I also heard that on Friday during lunches, there is going to be a big wheel in the cafeteria that for just two of these Trojan Tickets, we can spin and win any sort of prizes, from small prizes to big prizes,” says Ferguson.

“The last way to get your prizes is to save two Tickets in exchange for a small prize, 5 for a medium prize, and 10 to get a big prize,” Smith said.

The ways of getting a Trojan Ticket are on posters in almost every teacher’s room.

“Well, if we saw anybody being responsible, being respectful, or being safe, then we are supposed to go ahead and give those kids a ticket, and hopefully they can win something on the prize wheel!” Wes Dodson, math teacher, said.

With this new reward system in place, students now have more reason to be better people, to make a better school.