Getting involved can have positive results

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2001

"Take that cap off son," directs new principal Berry Swenson as he enforces the new no-hat rule at Kenai Central High School.

For many long-term students at Kenai Central, this was one change we weren't expecting on the first day of school.

Many students are slightly perturbed, to say the least, about the new rule. It only adds to the ever-so-long list of complaints about our old, one story, silverfish-infested high school. Not to mention the nearly 80 percent malfunctioning lockers that fill high schools, not only on the peninsula, but all over the country.

Walking through the commons or sitting in Spanish class, more muttered criticism and groans of lamentation fill the crowded hallways and rooms than underclassmen. But does anyone ever mention ways to improve, better or reform our schools?

"At first I was frustrated with no senior benches (at KCHS), but after a while I realized we could get new benches with some type of spirited art to improve the looks of our school," explained KCHS senior Krista Miller, referring to the new dismissal of the traditional senior benches at Kenai.

Making the best of an unfortunate situation, such as changing from your common routine or adjusting to new rules, is the positive attitude more students should take on. If there's something you don't like, why not change it for the better?

Take action now to upgrade ancient or recent circumstances that don't fit your standards or wishes.

Believe me, there's a long mental list of things I think could be done to help elevate and revise our community. But many of these ideas can start small, in our classrooms and hallways, among friends and peers. How do you think clubs, organizations and creative promotions around town get established in the first place?

It all started as a thought in someone's head, maybe a few minds together, but that can be our minds and our lives now.

One big, recognizable problem in schools today is lack of school spirit. Without the input of cheerleaders and fans, no one would make signs to encourage our teams or attend events. Student council adds its two cents by providing signs of inspiration, but a majority of the school neglects the red and white Kardinal, the silver star of pride or the panther paws and growl.

So, next time we say "Kenai," yell out "Kards," and when your team is home, support them on the bleachers with shouts of enthusiasm.

Don't be afraid to act like a fool. Who cares, you only go through high school once. Are you gonna remember the times you stayed at home to watch television, or the time when you went to the Christmas dance with a group of friends to get jiggy with it?

Looking back on the three years I've experienced of high school, there are too many regretful memories of not participating in school activities such as pep assemblies and student government.

Although it takes some guts and confidence, involvement is a great way to have fun, meet different people and make a difference. Besides, the more functions you engage in, the less there is to whine about. School can be an even more enjoyable place to be, and maybe some of those rules you don't particularly like can be changed.

Shamra Bauder is a senior at Kenai Central High School who has worked as an intern at the Peninsula Clarion.

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