ELHS Alumni Congratulate the Class of 2018: Andrew Wells
Above: Andrew Wells Senior Picture 1976
ELHS Alumni congratulate the Class of 2018 . . . now through June
On June 10, about 300 high school seniors will march onward to join the ranks of Trojan Alumni who have graduated from East Lansing Public Schools over the last century.
East Lansing Info asked Trojan Alumni who live, work and retain ties in East Lansing to congratulate the Class of 2018. We’ve featured their reflections and informal advice to the graduating class throughout the spring. Today’s profile marks the last in the series.
Thank you ELHS Alumni for your contributions to the community. Congratulations to the Class of 2018.
Andrew (Andy) Wells
Class of 1976
What is your occupation?
Principal, East Lansing High School
Why do you call East Lansing home?
My parents moved our family from the inner city of Detroit to East Lansing in 1968. My dad was employed at Michigan State University.
Where did you grow up in East Lansing?
The Flower Pot
Do you have children in East Lansing schools?
I have two children that have attended/are attending ELHS. My daughter Brianna graduated from ELHS in 2016; Andrew is currently in 11th grade.
What are some funny or fond memories you have about high school?
Participating in extracurricular activities. I enjoyed the friendships that I established and the opportunity to be a leader. I appreciated being a part of one of the best educational programs in the state.
What was your favorite place in East Lansing when you attended high school? Why? Bell’s Pizza. The pizza was fantastic!
Above: Wells Today
What path did you initially take when you graduated?
I attended Eastern Michigan University on a basketball scholarship and eventually transferred to Michigan State University on a scholarship in track and field. I also earned three degrees from MSU.
What do you think is different about high school today?
Technology today allows learning to take place through tools that were not available during my years as a high school student.
What do you think is the same?
I believe that high standards, good teachers, student-driven opportunities and parental support continue to be the driving force that helps shape our learning environment and wonderful educational experiences at ELHS.
What advice do you have for graduating seniors?
Pursue your dreams and remember that success is not handed to you—you earn it. Don’t be afraid of failure. The failures you experience will help shape your character. Your character shapes your destiny. Learn from your experiences. Give back to your community. Remember to exercise your moral being as you journey through life.