With the Selma Voting Rights March celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, I felt it was necessary to, as a young black women who greatly appreciates the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, attend this event and march with my fellow black supporters. After this event, and celebrating what I feel is important to me I thought it would be interesting to see what matters to other students at North Springs High School and see how they are getting involved.
Community involvement is important in not only contributing positively to your community as well as developing leadership skills.
Yarden Hayut, 11th grade, counsels students at the Jewish Community Center. “I really like spending time with kids and its a really good way to do this as well as help them with what they need,” Hayut says. Helping the youth is not the only cause that is important to Hayut. “Actually going outside and improving the community by planting trees and fixing up homes is something people our age should do,” she says. She believes that our generation is young and able and that this is something we can easily contribute to society.
Campbell Viersen is a senior here at North Springs in currently in India doing missionary work. “I’m really spiritual and spreading the word of god and making a huge difference in the lives of impoverished people is so fulfilling,” says Viersen. With these experiences her outlook on life has changed. “I think it’s important for our generation to form and maintain their own identities.” With this outlook she is deciding to take a path less traveled of choosing to not go to college, despite being one of the top 10 students, and pursuing her dream of doing missionary and volunteer work for a living. “ I think it’s important for people my age to do what makes them happy instead of just being funneled into college just because adults tell us its what we have to do.”
Gabrielle Boatright is a freshman at North Springs who, like Yarden, does a lot to help younger kids. She volunteers with the Atlanta Urban Debate League. This is important to her because “it gives back to younger kids who normally don’t intellectually challenge themselves a chance at proving their intelligence,” says Boatright. At the Urban Debate League she helps underprivileged kids participate in policy debates and helps them develop arguments and public speaking skills.
Thomas Kelly, an 11th grader here at North Springs is an advocate for women’s rights and racial equality. He believes the youth in America have been “getting more complacent because if you look back on other generations they had their hippie movements, or marches in Selma, or protests against Vietnam. I wish our generation could come together more and raise awareness on things we feel really strongly about.” Kelly believes violence as a form of protest should never occur and that the youth should find better ways to invite change. “Racism, sexism and other human rights violations should be really important to everyone and we should unite on that,” he says.