On Thursday, March 22, 2012 The Superintendent of Public Instruction, Stan W. Heffner visited Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School. The visit consisted of a breakfast meeting with members of the HSA High School Board and other guests and a question-and-answer session with students. The meeting was not only informative but inspirational as well.
Mr. Heffner congratulated the school for our “Excellent” rating and the Blue Ribbon School nomination. He stated that Horizon Science Academy defied the odds and proved the doubters wrong with a great distinction. He also spoke of the importance of education. He told the students that to him, “Education means opportunity. Education can be a great equalizer.” After his motivating speech, students had a chance to ask a wide range of questions which he answered thoroughly. Senior Nimo Ahmed, a School Ambassador, asked a question related to teacher diversity. He replied that unfortunately there are not many teachers with diverse ethnic backgrounds reflecting student body in our schools, but he wants to change that hopefully in the near future.
The meeting concluded with Superintendent Heffner and guests taking pictures with students, teachers, and administration. After, the board members and Superintendent Heffner received tours from the School Ambassadors.
Among the visitors were Joni Hoffman, Director of Office of Community Schools, OAPCS President Bill Simms and Ron Adler, President of Ohio Coalition for Quality Education.
By Hawo Dirie