NORWICH — The Norwich High School brought back their long-standing driver's education course this summer after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Held every summer break, the NHS driver's education course is open to students 16 years and older who have a valid learner's permit.
According to NHS Principal Scott Graham, this year's course was taught by instructors John Mason and Dale Johnson. For six weeks, students spent time in both the classroom and on the road, learning about the responsibilities that come with being a licensed driver.
"Students learn a combination of course instruction and hands-on driving experience with the instructors. They learn mostly about defensive driving and drivers," said Graham. "The course teaches them about the enormous responsibility of being behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, the best practices involved to stay safe, and the importance of situational awareness. It also gives practical education and an authentic learning experience concerning topics that are important for life."
Students also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers each year, who educate them on various aspects of driving, from staying safe behind the wheel to credit scores and their impact on insurance rates.
This year's guest speakers included New York State Trooper Lauren Warner, Chenango County District Attorney Michael Ferrarese, Wayne Emmons from State Farm Insurance, Norwich Police Department Officer Brandon Clarke, and NHS Social Worker Kelly Colosi.