I would just like to say how grateful I am that merging of SoHi and Skyview has finally been put to rest. It came as no surprise to me back in the spring when school board chose to combine high schools, or decision earlier this week when SoHi would remain the same colors and all. Even though I graduated from Skyview I am not bitter about these choices, because community can now be unified around a single high school.
However, I did not fathom the animosity that would come from these decisions. The sickening part being that the majority of the hostility stemmed from parents and adults, not students who these choices directly and immediately impact. No greater example being the discussion involving the mascot, colors, etc. Though I applaud the SoHi community for their passion, I felt at times it was extremely misguided. Some of the things that were posted on Facebook or the newspaper were not only ignorant but hateful. I completely understand that people just want what they believe is best for their families and themselves. Sometimes you need to step back and look at the big picture. While I was attending Skyview I always felt that community viewed the school as an island of misfit toys (‘tis the season). I feel that is still how many people view Skyview as today. It is my hope that students, parents, and teachers will embrace these new students with open arms, not look down upon them as “little sisters of the poor,” as former Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee would say. At the end of the day we should all care less about the name and color of the jersey and care more about the kid wearing it.