Do what you love
The Knight Time Is the Right Time
Students here in Kingswood show that we can go above and beyond on quite the regular basis, stunning ourselves and our community.
As a school, we have never been a part of something so large and dedicated, with monumental work displayed through every corner of the Kingswood halls.
As a school, we rarely recognise each other’s astounding feats, be it through sports, agriculture, community outreach, drama or even academics.
As students, we can get so wrapped up in our own realm of what we think is important that we forget about all of the other aspects of student life and we forget to praise others for their achievements.
Two Kingswood students were named Woodsman and Woodswoman of the Day at the Sandwich Fair, while drama prepared for the show of their lives, the cross country team made history at a meet, and FBLA attended a conference. Every day, kids from this school are doing remarkable things, and hardly anyone ever hears about it.
Our school has done some pretty amazing things in the short time we have been in session this year. Drama Club recently put on “The Sound of Music,” featuring amazing set designs, copious costume changes and a cast even more charming than the 1965 film.
Each one of us can achieve greatness; we are all good at something, even if that something isn’t organized by a school club. We as a student body have the power to do whatever it is that we set our mind to, and have the skills and determination to go out into the world and change things.
As a school we have the power to better our community, especially with the holiday season approaching. Student leadership committees are being established to make Thanksgiving baskets and collect holidays gifts for struggling families.
Small steps can help make a big impact. Every can of tuna or box of Wheaties goes to a family in our district for Thanksgiving who otherwise couldn’t afford a traditional Thanksgiving. Thanks to the time and effort put forth by students and faculty, we made a difference.
Kingswood is a school filled with potential and aspirations, and just because you won’t be the talk of the school if you accomplish your goals doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have goals to begin with.
When we leave school, it won’t matter if we got a plaque or had our names mentioned at a school assembly. What will matter will be our personal accomplishment and ability to achieve the goals that we set for ourselves, a skill that we will carry with us through life.
If each of us strives to be the best version of ourselves all the time, people will be amazed at what we accomplish, as a school, as separate classes, teams, clubs and individually.
When we work united as a school, our power can move logs, audiences, judges, hills and even mountains.
No Fear, Fresh Year
While writing the freshman article it really made me think of all that has happened to me over the last three years. Sitting there typing it, I stopped and reflected on all that my high school career has been. There is so much more to high school than you expect. Everyone takes high school too seriously, or for granted, when these are in fact the best years of our lives.
High school is like a mountain. Freshman year you’re at the bottom, scared to climb to the top. You’re scared to be something that maybe everyone won’t approve of.
Sophomore year, you start to climb the mountain and realize who is really there for you along the way.
Junior year, you’re almost to the top and you decide what’s important, who’s important and what exactly you want to do.
Then you reach senior year. You finally reach the top of that mountain and you look at the view. You look around, and take in all all that you have gathered along your journey —the good and the bad.
All the fights, breakups, tears, hard work and good memories all hit you. Then you realize this is the last time that you’re ever going to see any of these people again.
Freshman year may be scary, but if you just keep your head up, think positively and make it to the end, you’ll look back and realize it all wasn’t as bad as you thought that it was. Freshman year was the best year of my life, and has some of my happiest memories. So many people will tell you that. But the most important thing to remember about freshman year is to have fun and enjoy this year because the next three years of high school are going to be just as rough as this one.
Don’t be scared to not always focus on school and how stressful it can be at times. These four years will go by quick. Before you know it, you’ll be too busy working all the time, so wrapped up in your own life you won’t have enough time to just have fun.
So do the things you normally wouldn’t. Take risks only you want to take. Most importantly, be the happiest you that you can be, because you’re going to look back and wish you were at this point in your life again, and sadly you’ll never get it back.
What’s Left? The 2014 Election:
A Biased, Angry, Subjective Retrospective
Well, this November the 2014 election has come and gone. And looking back, my God, was that an awful charade. As you’ve probably heard, the Republican Party took back the Senate after eight years out of power in the chamber, solidified their domination in the House of Representatives, and took many key state legislatures and governorships, making November the Fourth a banner day for the Republicans and thusly a dark, dark one for the Republic. (I’m not a Republican.)
The direct implication of this, of course, is that we now have fully divided government.
The word of the day for the next two years shall be veto, as the House and Senate will pass bill after bill of conservative dogma, repealing the remarkably effective health care bill, ending abortion after a certain unnecessarily early number of weeks, possibly re-litigating something like the Defense of Marriage Act to try to end gay marriages.
They’ll take up destructive environmental legislations, return to the failed War on Drugs, maybe try to start up a full-on land war somewhere. They’ll push Christianity on the public stage and pull back protections for women and minorities against discrimination. They’ll ignore the plight of struggling students and workers, living in an age of crippling income inequality, and simultaneously try to cut taxes on the billionaire class. And the implication of that, in turn, is that absolutely nothing will be done in the next two years, as President Obama will be forced to veto absolutely everything they pass.
And at the same time, a grand battle will again be fought on the national stage on the issue of the day; who will be President next time around? And I expect it will be fought at a whole new level.
The fact is, the Democrats lost so handily this time around because they tried, to a certain degree, to avoid the issues, and dodged the key liberal positions—protection of Social Security and Medicare, reform in government, promotion of income equality—that have made the party successful over the years.
Many Democrats, like Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, John Barrow of Georgia and Mitch McConnell’s weak opponent, and Alison Grimes of Tennessee, ran as Republican-Lite candidates and it turns out that the electorate prefers the strong Crazy Brew instead of its watered-down, low-carb alternative. And already, a leftward shift has been seen in the party; the Senate Democrats have already rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, an environmentally-destructive tar sands pipeline that would lead to lowered sales of US oil, increased carbon emissions and only a pitiful 50 long-term jobs, and added Elizabeth Warren to the Senate leadership, which will inevitably pull Senate policy on the left side of the aisle toward a more progressive stance. The Democrats are on their way back.
And just as importantly, the Republicans are going to do a lot of crazy bull the next two years.
Expect attacks on marriage rights. Expect attacks on welfare. Expect attacks on voting rights. Expect public condemnation of the poor. Expect public condemnation of students. Expect veiled public condemnation of blacks and Latinos. Expect nuttery. Expect hatred. Expect demagoguery. Expect impeachment. Expect the worst from the Republicans.
And at the end of the two years, the party will be again spent and ready for another electoral thrashing like in 2006 or 2008. The Democrats are going to be back. But in the meantime, the Republicans are going to be badder than ever.