COLUMN: Introducing our new L.V. Rogers columnist

I have been released into the world to wreak havoc, in the shape of a student-point-of-view column.

Gillian Wiley will write monthly for the Star on student issues at L.V. Rogers.

Gillian Wiley will write monthly for the Star on student issues at L.V. Rogers.

My name is Gillian Wiley, and I am a Grade 10 student at L.V. Rogers Secondary. I have been released into the world to wreak havoc, in the shape of a student-point-of-view column.

I recognize that the main audience (for want of a better word) of newspapers is not teenagers. With that in mind, I bring you a few of the goings-on at LVR … along with the student point of view on a few issues locally and around the world.

Why, you might ask, would the student point of view be important? To a certain extent, the teenage population is a perfect mirror-image of the adult population, as shown by the results of student votes: they consistently reflect the outcomes of real elections. But while this may be true politically, I believe that high schools have a unique and diverse community inside them, often with opinions that aren’t taken into account. Perhaps I should say ‘a’ student point of view. With a diverse community comes differences of opinion, and this column can only reflect so many.

Firstly, some LVR happenings. February, in our high school, is the month of new beginnings. At the dreariest time of the year, when winter feels old and spring is miles away, a change of pace is just what everyone needs. At LV, we get that in our switch of semesters. Exams are over, and new, exciting classes are just around the corner.

For the first time in a few years, the L.V. Rogers drama department is putting on a school play. Almost, Maine is a compilation of stories of love and loss that take place on a snowy night in Nearly Canada (but not quite). The show dates are February 19, 20 and 21 at the Capitol Theatre. Looks like it’s going to be a great show!

Everyone knows about LVTV, the entertaining alternative to morning announcements over the intercom at our school. It is a great way to get information to the students at LVR, because, unlike morning announcements, people actually pay attention to it. A grant from the Columbia Basin Trust has made it possible for LVTV to get a long-awaited upgrade! Mornings of intermittent sound and green-screening have given way to LV’s own full-blown morning talk show.

As many probably know, February 25 is Pink Shirt Day, a date on which many of us don pink shirts in protest against bullying. The holiday is six years old, and invites us all to take a stand against bullying. It is especially important in schools, where most bullying tends to happen. Pink Shirt Day is a good way to lend support to people who are bullied, and, more importantly, give bullies a reason to think about what they are doing.

As you can see, lots is going on in our rambunctious teenage life. Honestly, what with the theatre productions and Anti-bullying days, I don’t know what will happen next. Kids these days.

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