Students Rally for Unity

 

By: Isabella Scopetski and Eveline Ho

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Photo taken by Eveline Ho
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Sophomores Isa Dray and Lucia Voges called upon their fellow spyponders on November 17th to join them outside on the front lawn of Arlington High School in a peaceful rally to unify the student body. Dray and Voges are deeply invested in the Student Council, Dray confessed she would not have known how to go about organizing such an event.

As the students congregated, Dray and Voges greeted their peers and briefly expressed their gratitude toward the speaker and the students that came out to support each other.

The microphone was handed to the principal of Arlington High School to kick off the rally. Dr, Janger humbly spoke to the importance of unity and that it is, “important for us to remember that we are all welcome here”. He felt that, “if we are going to be a diverse democratic community… we need to understand what is going on.” Having awareness for others and nurturing Arlington High as a “safe and positive space for everybody”, is how we will achieve unity in Janger’s eyes. The student body, listened with attentive ears as Janger went further to say that “[the students] are the culture of this school” and it is these 40-50 people that showed up whose uniqueness adds to this diverse culture we cultivate at AHS.

Next to speak was senior class president and Model Congress president Elsa Rothenburg, Rothenburg pushed the importance of “individuality” and self-acceptance. She nodded to Dr. Janger’s “rich community” of “passionate students”. Senior leaders of the Teenage Republicans, Ben and Taso showed up with the inspiring message, “We all live in the same community… We all come together as one”. GSA members Bella and Tyler declared, “The fight isn’t over until everyone has equal rights”. Several students and teachers spoke of their own messages and stories, all requesting for order and unity from the community.

The Unity Rally ended with all the speakers singing, “Lean on Me”, by Bill Withers alongside the crowd of their peers. The song was lead by Mrs. Daley, faculty advisor for the Young Feminist Alliance, who guided the participants in singing. Post-It notes were handed around for people to write inspiring messages on to pass around inspiration and encouragement. These Post-Its are posted on a board in front of the Media Center for all of Arlington High to get a chance to write something and make someone’s day. It is the small acts of kindness that reflect unity in the AHS community.

Caroling Spreads Joy

By: Claire Kitzmiller

On Friday, December 23 and Thursday, December 22, Jolinda Alderuccio will take her level three french classes caroling throughout Arlington High School. She will take her A block class on Thursday and her D block class on Friday.

The classes will be singing a variety of Christmas songs and some class favorites. The students will sing a range of songs including “Rodolphe Au Petit Nez Rouge” and “Aux Champs Elysées”. The classes will sing in the main lobby, on the fourth floor of the Fusco house and on the sixth floor.

Alderuccio says she’s been taking her French classes caroling ever since she’s taught at AHS. She also took her classes caroling before she transferred from the Ottoson Middle School to AHS. It has been a tradition she has carried throughout most of her teaching career.

When asked why, she has her classes caroling, she responded, “To encourage a spirit of community within the school…to encourage a love of languages for everyone, whether they’re taking a foreign language.”

Alderuccio often gets emails from staff members thanking her for the beautiful caroling. It always inspires a good mood in the students right before winter break.

The students singing always enjoy performing for their peers. Alderuccio’s former students frequently join her to sing along with her classes.

Donations Bring Holiday Cheer

By: Lauren Murphy

For the past 15 years, Mrs. Simmons and Mrs. Villano have infected AHS with the holiday spirit of giving. They have generously donated their time to organize a toy and clothing drive to bring holiday cheer to families in need. They collect donations early in December and the families receive their gifts in time for the holidays.

The drive works as part of a larger program through the Department of Human Services. Families in need reach out to the Department and devise a list of 5 clothing items and 5 toys for each of their children. The Department then distributes these lists to AHS groups that have agreed to help.

This year, our school donated over 125 items, spreading joy to many children in our community. Over the 15 years that this program has been run, hundreds of families have been helped.

Mrs. Simmons reflects on her years as an organizer saying, “Seeing the kindness and generosity of the Arlington High School Community makes this a very enjoyable experience and a pleasure to organize.”

Happy Holidays!

 

Parties Debate Questions

unnamedPeople in the picture from left to right: Tarangana Thapa, Adam Deakin, Jake Tamir-Pinsky, Sean Garballey, Ben Jacey, and Tasso Tsaousidis.

On Wednesday, November 2, in the small Arlington Community Media Inc. (ACMI) studio, two representatives from each club, The Young Democrats and The Young Republicans debated over the issues facing our nation today. The debate was hosted by students who work with ACMI, including producer and director Gayatri Sundar-Rajan, a junior at Arlington High School.

The moderator was senior, Taragana Thapa. The two representatives from the Young Republican Club were senior, Ben Jacey and senior, Tasso Tsaousidis. Representatives from the Young Democrats Club were senior Adam Deakin and senior Jake Tamir-Pinsky.

When Sundar-Rajan was asked how questions were chosen, she replied, “We tried to pick issues that high schoolers care about…as opposed to things that don’t affect us.” Each topic was chosen carefully to bring out the representative’s stance on issues that truly affect the students watching the debate.

Questions ranged from Massachusetts ballot questions to questions about the candidates themselves. At the beginning, Thapa focused on ballot questions,  especially ones pertaining to high school students. Candidates agreed on ballots questions two and four but were divided on question three.

Then, Thapa continued to national policies. The representatives were much more divided in this area of the debate. They were divided on policies such as minimum wage and student debt. The representatives didn’t always align with their party’s candidate in this year’s election, but more with the party’s traditional view.

Students from AHS were overall impressed with the performance of the students. Sophomore Savannah Curro said, “I think they did a pretty good job considering that we’re only in high school, and it’s really hard to get up in front of a camera…knowing that your fellow high schoolers are watching you.”

The debate was well organized and well put together. State representative, Sean Garballey, attended the debate and said he was impressed with how each representative performed.

Sophomore Neeraja Deshpande, agrees that the debate was a success and should happen again around upcoming elections.