Have you ever taken a stand?

October 14, 2007

We asked the high school seniors who agreed to participate in our monthly Senior Moments series the following question: Have you ever taken a stand for something you believed in? If not, what would you take a stand for?

Here are their answers.

Jessey Flowers, 17

Clear Spring High School

Recently, Jessey Flowers has been pushing for more school spirit at Clear Spring High School.

The senior says it's been lacking in the past, but he believes that an improved school store could change that.

"I'm taking a stand to build up our school store," Jessey said.

The proceeds will benefit the student council. Jessey said the store only sold items such as snacks and drinks. The new store will offer apparel with the school's name.


Christiana Gagnon, 17

Williamsport High School

While Christiana Gagnon, a senior at Williamsport High School, said she hasn't acted on any of her beliefs, she does feel passionate about at least one cause.

Christiana says she would stand up against discrimination. She said there are some people who choose to hate other people based only on their beliefs.

"If I were to say I like (President Bush), there will be immediately 20 people jumping on me saying I'm wrong," Christiana said. "There's people who think you're a bad person just because you believe in something."

Alvin Missouri, 17

Washington County Technical High School

Alvin Missouri, a senior at Washington County Technical High School, said he knows he would fight against discrimination.

"I would definitely stand up against discrimination for race, religion and anything like that," he said. "Other than that, I don't know what to stand up for because I haven't been faced with anything like that so far."

Alvin said that people should not be hated because of their skin color or religion.

"We were all put on this earth for a reason that God wanted us here," he said. "People who discriminate against other people and say they're doing God's work, I think they're dead wrong."

Christopher Mozingo, 16

South Hagerstown High School

Christopher Mozingo, a senior at South Hagerstown High School, said he hasn't taken a stand for any issues at his school. He doesn't know of any issues he believes in enough to act on.

Stacey Pittman, 18

Hancock Middle-Senior High School

Stacey Pittman said there only are a few minority students at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

But Stacey, who is a senior there, said all students are welcomed at the school, and there is no racial divide.

"Something I would take a stand for is if we had someone new to our school who was a completely different race and then were being left out and bullied and not brought into other stuff," she said.

As senior class president and vice president of the student council, Stacey said she feels it's part of her job to help everyone feel welcome at the school.

Misbah Shafi, 17

Smithsburg High School

Misbah Shafi, a senior at Smithsburg High School, said she doesn't like to get political.

But she said she does believe that students should have a bigger role in organizations they join in school.

"If you're in (the student government association), you don't want teachers or administrators running the whole thing," she said.

Misbah, who is SGA vice president and holds offices with other school organizations, said she has seen problems with students not participating in clubs and traditionally student-led groups.

"Last year, it happened in one of our organizations," she said. "We're trying to fix that this year, by taking a role and letting administrators know we would like an opinion."

Nicodeme "Nico" Agassy Wanko, 17

Boonsboro High School

Nicodeme Agassy Wanko said he hadn't found anything in 17 years that he believed in enough to take action.

But that changed when he saw masses protesting in Jena, La., after a group of six black teenagers were charged with beating a white teenager at a high school there.

The Boonsboro High School student, who is called Nico, said he believes in what the protesters were saying - that the arrests and charges were excessive and discriminatory.

Nicodeme said he believes that in the future, he would take action in favor of equality.

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