Apr 10, 2018 10:05AM ● Published by Maleesa Johnson
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” The quintessential question is not lost on the Rockenbaugh first grader as he takes a few spins on an office chair. “A superintendent,” Finnegan McDevitt says matter-of-factly.
If that doesn’t pan out for him, he has a solid backup plan: professional golfer. Considering that the six-year-old is already actively involved with Carroll ISD and golf, he could have a good shot at either. Finnegan is a Bond Builder for the district. Earlier his year, CISD created a program that allows selected students to partner with the district and act as spokespeople for projects affiliated with the bond that passed last May. Or, in Finnegan’s words: " We tell what is happening."
Bond Builders were selected through a rigorous interview process. Carroll ISD received over 90 audition tapes from hopeful students who were then narrowed down to semi-finalists. As a semi-finalist, Finnegan showed up to his interview dressed to impress with an ensemble completed by a bow tie and lapel pin. While perhaps not the first choice of most first graders, the outfit wasn’t a stretch for the six year old.
"Bowties are my favorite because they're fancy!" Finnegan says.
Needless to say, Finnegan nailed his interview and was one of 23 students selected as Bond Builders. The program is still in its early stages, as are many bond projects. Even so, Finnegan already knows his favorite part of being a Bond Builder.
“We get to wear our green hardhats,” he says excitedly.
Finnegan loves showing his Dragon Pride. It’s not uncommon to see him rocking Dragon green Chuck Taylors or a Carroll ISD pin. He looks forward to Bond Builder meetings because it’s an opportunity to dress up.