Discover what it takes to GO when the mind and body say NO!

If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.

2016 Got Grit Hall of Fame Inductees

2016 Grit Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

                Tom Carr is pleased to announce the new members of his Grit Hall of Fame. Thirty-three Orange County Students will be inducted on February 23rd at 7pm at Pleasant Green United Methodist Church. Friends and family are invited to attend the ceremony. Inductees will receive several awards and a chance to win scholarship money. Dr. Stephen Halkiotis will be this year’s guest speaker.

Cameron Park Elementary School: Ellie Wileman, Calvin Jones, Thomas Loch, Jada Reed

Cedar Ridge High School: Evynne Franklin

Central Elementary School: Jayla Haskins, Kaleb Barnhardt

CW Stanford Middle School: Nathali Garcia, Yaneli Covarrubias-Lopez, Lucas Hales, Jared Little, Carmen Trembley, Eddie Graham

Efland Cheeks Elementary School: Ty Hills, Taylor Barney, Makayla Hooker, A’Riya Newman, Iliah Babchenko

Grady Brown Elementary School: Rylan Coyne

Hillsborough Elementary School: Barrett Liner, Bryce Jones, Sadye Porter, Parker Lane, Kailynn Evans

New Hope Elementary School: Gustavo Caballero, Jacob Wilson, Natalie Lyons, Alex Ortuno-Garcia

Pathways Elementary School: Jamar Cates, Kiara Gomez-Castellanos, Jackson Berini

Orange High School: MaryBeth Dobbins, Emma Jager

Got Grit? 2nd Edition

Announcing the new and revised 2nd edition of Tom Carr's book:

Got Grit?  Why you need it, how you get it, and how to pass it on to young people.

If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.

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Our Belief Statement

At we strongly believe that a person’s grit (hard work, determination, perseverance, self-discipline) combined with good social skills, is a better predictor of future success than IQ, standardized test scores, and grade point averages.


The Four Components of the GOT GRIT? Program

G: Getting along with others. President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” Soft skills (social skills) are more important than hard skills.

R: Responsibility. Marvin Marshall, educator and discipline expert, tells us, “Responsible people are happy people. Happy people are responsible people.” Adults and children need to be responsible in these areas:   
    1) The body (exercise, sleep, good nutrition, spirituality)
    2) Learning (having a ‘growth-mindset’)
    3) The family (doing their fair share helping/supporting family members)
    4) The community (environmental issues, recycling, volunteering, voting)

I: Integrity: Notice that the word grit is hidden in the word integrity. It takes grit to have integrity! It isn’t always easy doing the right thing.

T: Tenacity. This involves perseverance, not giving up, not using excuses, overcoming adversities, self-discipline, determination, and optimism.


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