October 26, 2012
star spangled mandates
Free to Pledge
“Shout out to IB Theatre Arts for putting on a phenomenal talent show.” -Sammie Schneider, 11 “Shout out to Mitchell Adams for starting on offense and defense this year on the football team.” -Logan Oliger, 9
New bills in Congress require flags to be placed in each classroom and the opportunity for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance
“Shout out to the girls swim team. It’s
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been fun watching you drown your
Metro League competition.” -History teacher, Brett Mead “Shout out to Mr. Mead, you’re an awesome teacher and I miss having your class.” -Trenton Dow, 11
very morning in elementary school, students stand and place their
right hands over their hearts to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Over the years, however, students stopped saying the pledge. In an attempt to enforce patriotism in youth, Congress has passed a bill to bring the pledge back to the classroom. Once an option, pledging to the American flag will soon become a reality for the Fenton district.
“Shout out to all my senior classmates keepin’ it real and hanging in there one more year.” -Isaiah Miller, 12 “Shout out to Michael Fabatz. Happy birthday.” -Megan Orlowski, 9 “Shout out to Lizzie Deming. Happy 16th birthday.” -Mackenzie Figeroa, 11
Wrestling informational meeting Nov. 1 It’s wrestling season. If you think you have what it takes, the wrestling team wants you. There will be an informational wrestling meeting in coach Bruce Burwitz’s - Room 6107. The meeting will be held after school at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. There is varsity, JV and freshman wrestling so all are welcome to come out to this informational meeting after school to find out what real wrestling is all about. If you can’t make it, but are still interested, see coach Burwitz in room 6-107. Be where the action is, wrestle!
“I feel that the Pledge of Allegiance should be recited at the beginning of class,” junior Ross Person said. “Not everyone should be required to say it, though.” The Senate passed Bill 637 that requires every classroom to have a United States flag present. The House has passed a bill of its own (Bill 4943) that sets aside time at the beginning of each day for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. “Spending a couple of minutes each morning showing respect to our country; it is the right thing to do,” senior Connor Davidson said. Administrators also feel reciting the pledge is important to have in our schools. “The pledge is a way to remind us of our daily freedoms,” Principal Mark Suchowski said. “I think its important people remember the ideas our ancestors died for.” Requiring a flag in every classroom across America may be a financial burden on school districts; however, at Fenton it will not be a concern. All classrooms at Fenton High already have flags, so there would be no substantial financial costs for the district. When surveyed about whether they supported the pledge or not, four out of five
students claimed to agree with the pledge. The most controversial aspect of the Pledge of Allegiance is related to the words “Under God,” which were added to the Pledge June 14, 1954, by Congress and thenPresident Dwight Eisenhower. “I don’t think the words ‘under God’ should be in the pledge,” senior Jacob Ingram said. “It can be offensive to some because Christianity isn’t the only religion for this country.” While some may disagree with these words in the pledge others feel it is an important aspect. “I think the ‘under God’ part of the pledge should stay,” senior Jordan Dagenais said. “It is a part of our history now.” Whether or not students agree with the wording, the legislation will be put into effect in the coming 2013-2014 school year. According to Suchowski, students may also have the option of leading the school in its pledge over the loudspeaker in the morning. Criteria for this honor have yet to be determined. Students in the Fenton District will not be forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class.
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About the Flag
The other name for the American Flag, Old Glory, refers to a specific flag owned by Captain William Driver, a United States ship captain.
2. The current flag design
was designed by an 18 year old high school student, who was only given a B- for his effort. He challenged the teacher and since the design was accepted by Congress, he received an A on the project.
3. The flag is not allowed to touch the ground.
4. When displayed at night, the flag must be illuminated.
5. When folded properly, the US flag is shaped like a triangle with only the stars showing. The process takes 13 folds, the same number as the original colonies.
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Published on Nov 2, 2012