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At several Wilson County schools, students and teachers gathered at flagpoles to pray Wednesday morning.
“I can’t remember a year that we didn’t have See You at the Pole that I have been here,” said Nancy Boykin, school counselor at Hunt High School.“It’s grown nationally over the years and in Wilson. I have seen more and more schools get on the bandwagon and participate over the years.”
Boykin has been at Hunt for 27 years and headed up the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for more than a decade before math teacher Andrew Alphin took over the FCA Huddle at the school.
“See You at the Pole is happening at schools all over the nation,” Alphin said. “It’s not an FCA event. It’s a movement to get kids an opportunity to come out and pray and stand up and be a voice in their school, just praying and kind of showing their faith.”
At Hunt, about 35 students came before sunrise to gather at the Hunt High School Memorial Garden.
They broke into grade-level huddles and prayed for the nation, the state, the county, school, leaders and teachers. They prayed for the people who are not there and then prayed for themselves.
At Wilson Early College Academy, students gathered, sang songs, listened to students play guitar and shared their spiritual experiences.
“I just love doing See You at the Pole and being the leader for it,” said junior Rachel Smith. “Seeing all the students pray is amazing. I have done it twice now. It makes me very happy. I feel accomplished that we were able to get so many students out. The mission is to bring Jesus to school and to show other people that even as students, we can still worship God.”
Melissa Lopez, a junior, said she loves worshiping God.
“That is one of my first priorities and being able to see other people unite to worship God as well and to talk about God and to pray over our school, over our nation and over Wilson County,” Melissa said. “I have come freshman year and sophomore year, and this is my third year coming. For me it is an amazing feeling because I can see other people loving God and making it their priority worshiping God.”
Asiana Humphrey, 16, a WECA junior, liked seeing people coming together to pray.
“It’s peaceful. I think no matter what you believe, we should all come together and pray and talk and be happy,” Asiana said.