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A HS M entors By Kerry Costello Su per Her oes, lik e m an y t h in gs in lif e, com e in dif f er en t an d som et im es u n iqu e f or m s. Wh ile a cost u m e or t alism an m ay h elp t o iden t if y a Su per Her o in t h e com ics an d t h e m ovies, su ch is n ot t h e case in ever yday lif e. Th e Ger m an w r it er an d st at esm an Goet h e on ce said, " Boldn ess h as a gen iu s, pow er an d m agic in it ." Th at pow er an d m agic ar e on display at An dover High Sch ool each day in t h e m en t or in g pr ogr am w it h Excel, ABA an d Lif e Sk ills. AHS st u den t s ch oose t o be m en t or s as an elect ive cou r se. M an y of t h em also volu n t eer t o h elp in t h e af t er -sch ool pr ogr am or on special t r ips, sch ool dan ces an d class even t s. Th e per son al m ot ivat ion s var y, bu t t h e r eact ion is alw ays t h e sam e. Exper ien cin g t h e m agic of r elat ion sh ips w it h peer s f or w h om you ar e t h e h igh ligh t of t h eir day is a pow er f u l an d h u m blin g exper ien ce. As on e st u den t m en t or st at ed, " It is an aw esom e f eelin g t o r ealize t h at I am som eon e's h er o, ju st f or bein g m e!" I h ave t h e pr ivilege of obser vin g an d exper ien cin g m an y of t h ese r elat ion sh ips. Th e bon ds of car in g an d con cer n ar e eviden t even as expect at ion s an d bou n dar ies ar e set by t h e peer m en t or s. Th e m en t or s w or k closely w it h t h e t each er s t o plan each st u den t 's pr ogr am t im e w it h t h em . Th ey r ealize t h eir r ole is t o be n ot a " bu ddy," bu t a r ole m odel an d m en t or . Th ey celebr at e su ccess, r ein f or ce t h e plan's object ives, an d som et im es gen t ly bu t f ir m ly r em in d each ot h er t o f ollow t h e expect ed r ou t in e f or t h e t ask at h an d. Pr aise is given w h en it is ear n ed in a gen u in e spir it of en t h u siasm an d pr ide in t h e accom plish m en t