The Senior class of Onekama High School had an interesting course
line-up this quarter. In addition to their traditional classes, the
Seniors participated in a four-session etiquette class designed to help
them better navigate the world outside their classroom.
The course, taught by former Onekama teacher, principal, and
superintendent Beth McCarthy, covered topics including first
impressions, gracious guest practices, important communication
techniques, social awareness and appropriate manners in daily living.
“The purpose of the presentations was to reinforce the lessons that the
students have been taught by their parents and teachers,” explained
McCarthy. “Our focus was Life After School. Sometimes life experiences
can be overwhelming. My goal was to give the Seniors the skills
necessary to be socially confident and ultimately to be prepared for
The classes culminated in a unique practicum: a fine dining experience
at the restaurant at Arcadia Bluffs. Students were treated to a
complimentary breakfast at Arcadia Bluffs, thanks to Bill Shriver, Chief
Operating Officer; Scott VerStrat, Director of Food and Beverage; and
Ashley Sholl, Director of Lodge Operations.
Beth McCarthy & students
at Arcadia Bluffs
The students took away
more from the experience than full stomachs.
“I really enjoyed
learning how to do things that are considered to be courteous, and some
of them I had no idea they would even be considered courteous,”
commented Onekama Senior Ashley DoRooy. “The brunch was great because we
learned how to have good manners while eating, and we got the chance to
eat good food at the same time.”
Added Senior Taylor
Hagen: “It was kind of Mrs. McCarthy to take the time and share these
lessons with us. I’m certain that the tips she shared with us will help
us with college, job interviews, relationships, and even in the way we
present ourselves to the world.”