News 12 This Morning / Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bow ties and pearls are not something you expect to see in a typical high school, but at Cross Creek High School, students fill the halls dressed to impress. It's a program called Razor Sharp Gents and Razor Sheek Ladies and it's all about setting a positive example.
"We learn a lot about stereotyping, bullying, schoolwork, how to help one another," said Razor Sharp Gent De'Andre Stuckey. "I not only look at it as a club, but as a brotherhood."
Stuckey is a senior and has been a member of the group since it started last year.
"It helped me tremendously," he said. "I feel like a whole other person sometimes, and when I put on my bow tie, you can't tell me anything. I feel like it's a great experience and every time I talk about it, I feel like I light up because it's been a great experience with my life, a positive effect."
Twenty-two Razor Sharp gents and 14 Razor Sheek ladies learn about public speaking, networking, dressing, professionalism and a lot more.
"If I'm not necessarily going to college, I'm going straight into the workforce, so I need to learn these skills now before I get out there," said ShaRon Dukes.
She and her husband lead the program, teaching the students and serving as role models.
"You can be going down the wrong path and then right before you know it, your life is going down the drain, but role models can help you," Stuckey said. "They can see the things that are going on in your life that you can't actually see yourself."
The 36 students in the program also serve as role models to the rest of the school.
"As they're learning the skills that they need to know, they're passing it down to another freshman," Dukes said.
"We can see a lot of things that are going on in their life, but they don't know anything about that's going on yet," Stuckey said. "Help them go through the things of becoming a high school student and becoming a senior because we've been through a lot of those tasks ourselves."
They're skills Stuckey says are invaluable and will stay with him forever.
"I don't think you can ever be done with this program. It's a life experience," he said.
The group meets every week in school, after school and even sometimes on weekends. Once a week, they dress up wearing their pearls and bow ties. The program is done by invitation only. This year they have invited 10 freshman boys and five freshman girls and will do an induction ceremony where they receive their bow ties and pearls.