Cordova High senior inspires theme for new school year

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/15/17

CORDOVA — Students at Cordova High School took time on the first day of class to record a message of encouragement for senior Janey Carter, who is gradually recovering from a July 11 car crash that left her paralyzed.

“If Janey can, I can,” …

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Cordova High senior inspires theme for new school year

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CORDOVA — Students at Cordova High School took time on the first day of class to record a message of encouragement for senior Janey Carter, who is gradually recovering from a July 11 car crash that left her paralyzed.

“If Janey can, I can,” the student body chanted during a morning assembly program, echoing the theme of the 2017-2018 school year.

Principal Kathy Vintson tied the theme to the school’s vision statement — I HOPE (I Have the Opportunity and Potential to Excel) — and motto — “When the world says, ‘Give up,’ hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’”

“No matter how bad that accident was, no matter how many times doctors say she should not have lived through the accident or made it through the surgery or how many times they say she may or may not walk, all she needs is just a little bit of hope. She has it. There is always hope,” Vintson told the students.

Vintson encouraged students to draw inspiration from Carter, whose goal is to make a full recovery and return for graduation.

Before revealing the theme, Vintson expressed concern that life circumstances such as poverty and unstable home lives are hindering CHS students from living up to their potential.

She then gave them permission to fight this year — though not through physical altercations.

“I want you to start fighting. Sometimes it’s okay to fight. You need to fight to survive. You need to fight to succeed. You need to fight to overcome your circumstances,” Vintson said.

The theme “If Janey can, I can” sets the tone for what Vintson called a “no-excuse year.”

“We’re going to make what could be a tragedy into something wonderful because I assure you that Janey is going to continue to work hard and do her best to progress and reach her potential. You’re going to do the same. No matter what burdens you carry when you come into this school every day — and some of you are experiencing things that are just as tragic as what Janey is going through — we’re not going to lay down in here or give up. You’re going to overcome. You’re going to fight,” Vintson said.

Vintson and several students wore bracelets on Monday inscribed with the words Janey 4:13, inspired by Philippians 4:13 — “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Updates on Carter’s progress are being posted on a Facebook page also called Janey 4:13.

Carter’s sister, Rainie Robinson, said Monday afternoon that Carter is expected to move into rehab this week and has regained some movement in her legs, arms, hands and toes.

Robinson added that her spirits are good.

“It takes a lot to be happy in a hospital bed and she said, ‘I’m happy,’” Robinson said, adding that Carter believes that God is using her to show others that He is real.

A Glow Run 5K to raise money for Carter’s medical expenses is planned following Saturday’s Blue Devil Day. The 5K will begin at 8 p.m. at Cordova City Hall.

Registration forms are available on the Facebook page and can be turned in at Cordova City Hall.

“We’ve been amazed with the love and support we’ve gotten from the community. Our family is so grateful,” Robinson said.