The Tiger Print — August 2022

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blue valley high school | vol. 53| issue 1 | august 2022 | bvtigernews.com | overland park, kansas

GOLDEN YEARS

Long-standing traditions need all students’ support to keep BV’s spirit alive. Read on to page 16 to discover how the Tiger Print staff hopes you will approach this school year.

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COLLEGE VENTURES BV Students visit Colleges over the summer Senior Caroline Doolittle visited Iowa State University.

Junior Jahnavi Parasker visited Yale University.

Senior Sophia Occipinto visited the University of Mississippi.

Senior Abby Taylor visited Kansas State University.


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A New Era BVHS gains another tiger “[The No Child Left Behind Act] had happened that year, and there were new rules about how certification happened,” Golden said. “I couldn’t get a traditional certification in Latin, After 18 years of Scott Bacon as Blue Valley High’s but I could get one in English pretty easily because I had done principal, the Tigers are getting a new leader. Dr. Charles a lot of graduate work in that. In about a year Golden is stepping into the challenge of filling Bacon’s role. and a half, I got certified to teach English and When beginning his career as an educator, never looked back.” a new and unplanned opportunity opened up, After teaching for 15 years, he started admintaking Golden on a path to where he is now. istrative work which inspired Golden to take on “I was almost done with a Ph.D. in English a new role. Literature at [the] University of Toronto when My goal isn’t “It’s a challenge, but the opportunity to be my wife applied for jobs in Blue Valley. It was to come in and a principal and to help facilitate what a team the year Blue Valley West opened, and they were change a whole of really strong teachers [and] staff are doing desperate for teachers,” Golden said. “After bunch of stuff [but] together and to help get things out of the way so she was hired, the HR director found out she to come in and that they can do their work,” Golden said. ‘It’s a was married to somebody who had a year of rewarding [and] helping job.” college teaching experience and had pretty good watch, listen and While taking over the role of principal, Goldreading knowledge of Latin. [He] basically said help us keep being en doesn’t want the school to differentiate itself he needs to apply for jobs because there were the best version we from past years. no Latin teachers with certifications to be found can be. “My goal isn’t to come in and change a and there was an emergency certification prowhole bunch of stuff [but] to come in and cess that the state was allowing at the time. I got charles golden watch, listen and help us keep being the best a job I wasn’t looking for and I started teaching principal version we can be,” Golden said. “I hope stuLatin 1 through 3 — I loved it.” dents, faculty members and parents will see that Following that year, an obstacle prevented just as Mr. Bacon has been approachable, eager to listen and Golden from continuing as a Latin teacher but took him on a eager to get to know people, they see that for me, too.” different track. rhylan stern |publication editor


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French teacher discusses new changes in curriculum amy collins |staff writer The Blue Valley district language program has been implementing changes in the program since 2018 and is continuing with the next phase this year. “We have gone to creating thematic units with no textbooks with a level each year,” French teacher Carol Bar said. “Level 1 started in 2018, and then we implemented Level 2. For the 2021-2022 school year we implemented Level 4 so [this] year we will have Level 5 and then AP 6 [the following year].” Not only have the levels changed but the content is also changing. “We are now using authentic materials for absolutely everything, so we don’t rely on old textbooks,” Bar said. “Everything we use is from the countries of the target languages we’re teaching.” Before 2018 students who had completed their language in middle school would come into high school and start at level 2.5 and then would go on to level 3 their sophomore year, Honors 4 their junior year and then AP 5 their senior year, but this is changing. “Students who complete [Spanish or French in] grades 6,7 and 8 will have completed two full years of their language and enroll in Level 3 at the high school level — as a result, we are now going up through AP 6,” Bar said. “It’s a much more comprehensive and fluid program now.” Freshmen who completed Level 3 last year will start in the new Honors 4 this year and sophomores who completed Level 4 will go into Honors 5 this year. “Sophomores can get weighted credit in Honors 4 and Honors 5 as a junior,” Bar said. “[Honors 5] is not only

offered for weighted credit but also for dual credit with the College Now program as well as AP.” Bar pointed out another reason the district decided to make Level 4 a weighted class. “There are high schools in our district that do not have feeder schools for their given languages,” she said. “Blue Valley North and Blue Valley High are the only two that have a French feeder so when kids come to us in Level 3, we needed to be able to take them up through Level 6. [At] Northwest, West or Southwest, there is no feeder school in French so when those kids got to be in level four as seniors, they didn’t have a weighted credit option, so they would have never been able to receive weighted credit for their language courses.” Bar believes there are many positive advantages to the new changes. “The cool thing about this new curriculum is that all languages in our district are implementing the exact same thematic units across the board,” Bar said. “Now, regardless of the language you choose to study, whether it be French, Spanish or Chinese, there is a lot of consistency. Kids can take their language skills to a higher level. Teachers are able to collaborate across languages so there’s more support for teachers.” Bar offers these words of advice for students partaking in a language. “Go as far as you can in your language study — I do not recommend that students bounce between languages,” she said. “The goal colleges want to see, and even employers, is that you [have] achieved an advanced level of proficiency.”


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putting in the work

BV students share details of their summer jobs While summer can be devoted to lazy days, kicking back and relaxing, some students, like junior Carter Wright and senior Aydan Beck dedicated their time to their jobs and working hard during the break from the school year. Beck spent her summer counseling at an athletics-centered youth summer camp. After she participated in a similar camp when she was younger, she wanted to give other children the same empowering experience she had. “I was able to give back the same experience that I had when I was younger, so I [worked} two weeks. My first week was at St. Teresa’s, and it was five days, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and you get your phone taken the entire time. My second camp was at Lincoln Middle.” On the other hand, Wright worked through his summer at Waterway Carwash and Price Chopper. “I work to keep me busy and to make money,” Wright said. “It keeps me active in something as a replacement for school. Without a summer job, I feel like I would get bored all the time.” Wright believes that working during the summer is the way to go, remarking that in the summer he “gets more hours and I’m not as rushed, also I’m not always tired when I’m at work. After school, I only have an hour to go home, get ready, then go to work. In the summer, I have all the time I need.” At the camp, Beck had a list of responsibilities and spent her days working as the main camp counselor for her group.

“I also had an assistant camp counselor, and we led a group of about 10 elementary school-aged girls. We walked them through four sports a day and got to learn the skills and the rules behind [them]. Just basically instilling some values of teamwork and positivity and how to uplift yourself and others,” Beck said. “We did softball, basketball, soccer, some of the more fun, or I guess interesting, ones were salsa dancing, line dancing, and pickleball.” Both Beck and Wright agree that working a summer job can have its downsides, like “very hot days” and the stresses of keeping up with ten little girls, but the experience is ultimately worth it. For Wright, working was about making and saving money, and for Beck, it was about connecting with the kids. But for both of them, it was an entertainment outlet to have during the long summer days. “Everyone should have a summer job. It’s a good source of money and keeps you busy all the time.” Wright said. “I think it’s a great opportunity. I honestly felt even though it’s a long time commitment like I really found how to have fun through it.” Beck said. carter wright 11

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Students give summer updates on athletics VOLLEYBALL AVERY DELONG “Every summer we do our week-long camp, and then after club nationals we do open gyms every Tuesday and Thursday. Most other schools lift and condition over the summer, but our coach knows that we already do so much with club volleyball, so he doesn’t add more stuff on because it could lead to injury.” “For us, summer is really just getting used to working with people you haven’t worked with in a year. A huge part of volleyball people don’t realize is chemistry and working with each other.” | PHOTO

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“Expect a lot of excitement and entertainment from the volleyball team this season. We are finally where we need to be to compete for a state title again.”

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“We did an overnight camp at Pitt State, had two 7 on 7 tournaments, had practices for just over a month, and lifted every Monday through Friday in the mornings.” “Because we have so many new starters this year, this summer has really helped us figure out how we play as a team and what our strengths and weaknesses are.” “The bonds you make with your teammates and the lifelong friendships we make being with each other almost everyday by pushing each other to get better are my favorite part.”

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“We hope that the fans and student section can bring as much energy and excitement as possible to each game and make it a really fun and positive environment all around. ”

DANCE AUDREY CHE “Dance has a couple camps in July — one at Blue Valley and one in Lawrence. For the one at the school, we do a lot of team bonding and learn new choreography.” “Summer is preparing the team for fall by prepping us for football sidelines and teaching the new team members about how football games work.” UBMITTED | PHOTO S HE AUDREY C

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and activities heading into fall season CHEER MARY KATE ARNETT “The most difficult part of summer has been perfecting our camp material to show up and show out to other teams at summer camp in June. We look forward to this camp every year because we get to represent Blue Valley to teams across the state and learn new skills from professionals.”

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“Our team has dedicated a lot of practice time to ensure we represent our school’s spirit at games. We’re hoping our student section can help us this year with chants and energy to show the other schools what BV’s school spirit is all about. “

BOYS’ SOCCER NOLAN SCHMIDT “We had our summer camp, a summer tournament at Aquinas in July, and kickarounds three times a week as we got closer to school.” “I believe these kickarounds are helping the team bond together and gain chemistry. It’s especially important for freshmen and underclassmen to be introduced to the program.” “The school can expect the soccer team to be fit and ready to go in the first game of the season against Blue Valley West because we put in the time all summer.” “I’m looking forward to being able to lead the team as a captain next year and being a good role model to the underclassmen.”

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“Cross country had daily summer runs at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Fridays, the practices were senior-led without coaches, and they included team bonding afterwards by playing different games each week.” “Mileage could be anywhere from between 3-10 miles.”

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“Summer runs are a lot of fun. You get to spend a lot of time with your teammates and get to know them better heading into the season. A lot of the girls have become very close friends even outside of the sport, and I’m very glad to have those friendships because of cross country.”


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THE INs & OUTs OF INTERNING

Seniors work at Community America for summer internship ayesha khan |editor-in-chief

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eturning Blue Valley High School students may remember receiving an email in their canvas inboxes Spring of 2022 regarding a paid internship program through the Kauffman Foundation called Pro X. The students who applied, interviewed, and received a position in this program were paired with an employer in the area that appealed to their interests. Among the students that landed this opportunity were seniors Max Rudman and Shivam Patel. “The internship was through Pro X and I worked with Community America, which is a credit union,” Patel said. “It lasted five weeks, we had to work 25 hours a week, and got paid $1,250 at the end.” The overarching objective with the Community America internship was to spread financial literacy within the high school age group. “Financial literacy is your basic understanding of finance that you’re going to need as an adult, or even right now,” Patel said. “[It’s] understanding how to budget your money — like how much you should save, how much you should invest, how much you should spend, and understanding how you can set yourself up for success in the real world right now.” Although Rudman and Patel were both interning for Community America, the company divided its 14 interns into two separate groups based on their interests. “We had a social media team and we had a team that was focused on financial literacy program,” Rudman said. “Then from there, we just worked in our individual groups and came up with a pitch for each team.” These teams were specified as the advertising team and the game team. Patel, as a member of the game team, worked to create a product that educated people on financial literacy. “The game team basically ran a session every Monday where we had a trivia game and people would get prizes,

like $10 gift cards, if they got the answer right,” Patel said. “There’s also a website which has the game on it. If you’re making a checking account, there’s a game you can play which will also teach you more about managing your money.” Rudman, who was on the advertising team, promoted educational content about financial literacy while also developing a pitch to a hypothetical investor about why they should give a grant to his group’s project. “I started off with assignments where they would say ‘Do these interviews, talk to these people, look at this website, write this summary, etc,” Rudman said. “After that, it very quickly turned — I’d say by week two — [into] doing a HELLO lot of work where they would just say go off [and] log what you did. It could literally be me looking at other accounts, like other businesses Tik Tok’s, it could be me making content in my room — my name is


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might be beneficial to us, but they went super in depth on basic things that most people, I felt, had a good understanding of.” Nevertheless, Rudman has his own aspects of the internship that he found enjoyable. In his case, it was working in a hybrid environment. “They pretty much give you an end task and you’re supposed to get there, but there’s so many ways you can attack the problem that it’s almost daunting,” Rudman said. “When you’re in person, you’re all having group conversations and you make progress in a very tangible way. The challenge of being virtual was finding my own way to work and to try and find the solution.” Despite certain facets of the internship being difficult, they allowed Rudman to grow in new ways. “When we went into the pitch, I had my ideas and the group had their ideas. There were more of them, so I had to give up what I was doing and go with what they wanted to do, which makes it difficult to stay attached to the project since it’s not your vision and it’s not something you believe in,” Rudman said. “It’s hard to watch that product go forward into the pitch process and get shot down because I always thought my ideas would have done better, but that’s part of it — you have to compromise and accept that you’re not always right, which I’m not, so that was it’s nice opportunity to learn.” By the end of the internship, they both concurred that the experience as a whole was beneficial. “I gained a better understanding of being more professional because it was with actual people in the real world,” Patel said. “My favorite part was gaining experience in an area that I’m interested in because I want to go into the business field.” Although Rudman does not share the same desires for his future, his interning endeavors provided him with insight into what he values in the workplace. “It’s taught me about what I want in a job. I really like having people to work with and I struggle severely with hybrid work with virtual or asynchronous work. I like making TikToks, I like coming up with ideas and being creative — I like doing all that and they gave me a reason to do it,” Rudman said. “I didn’t see my career being at a credit union before and I don’t see it being that now, but I think the characteristics of the job rather than the job itself, were really great learning experiences.”

it could be really anything, just however I can best give them the product.” As members of different teams, the two each had their own hybrid schedule. However, every Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., all of the interns working with Pro-X gathered for a main session. “They presented to the entire Pro X internship program in our weekly meeting, which was really fun by the way — they did a really good job with it,” Rudman said. “They [did] that so they could first of all teach kids the things they needed to know in a fun and engaging way, but also so they could understand what they know and don’t know and how they want to learn.” Patel, on the other hand, did not share the same enjoyment in these weekly meetings “My least favorite part was the Monday sessions because they got dragged on for way too long — it didn’t need to be four hours,” Patel said. “They’d bring speakers in shivam patel and talk about different topics that 12

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Students find employment as isabella vaz |staff writer Passion for athletics, along with paychecks, has led many BV students to explore refereeing as a summer job opportunity. Soccer was the sport junior Rehan Malek was drawn to referee. “[I decided to ref] because I wanted to make money, and I like the sport and play it,” Malek said. “I felt like getting a job was something I was interested in.” For senior Tori Gelles, volleyball is her sport of choice. “I’ve been playing volleyball since I was in third grade so I’ve always been around it,” Gelles said. “Reffing is really fun, and it’s an easy way to make money.” Junior Tyler Reynolds took to umpiring baseball due to his inside access to the profession. “It’s a job I could get when I was 14,” Reynolds said. “My baseball coach at the time knew my boss, so that made it really easy — I got to use him as a reference, and I [also] had a friend who worked there.” With the current shortage of refs and the job’s high demand in almost every sport, referee opportunities are open and encouraged to anyone interested. “If you’re wanting to ref, do something that you have some experience in and something that you enjoy doing,” Gelles said. “Maybe [find] an age group that you feel comfortable doing because it’s a really great way to make money and it’s really easy.” Reynolds echoed the same opinion.

“Don’t be scared to apply — it takes maybe an hour or two to apply,” Reynolds said. “You’ll probably get hired in a week — it doesn’t take long. “ The job has allowed many of the athletes to gain a unique perspective from observing both sides of their sport. “Reffing helps me understand the rules more, and obviously when you’re playing, you’re always yelling at the ref,” Malek said. “When you actually ref, you know how it feels and how confusing and hard it can be sometimes, so I feel more empathy for them.” The job has improved Reynolds’ game as well. “It helped me get a little bit better at baseball — knowing what’s going on around you and being mindful,” Reynolds said. “Especially as a pitcher, knowing what the [strike] zone looks like and that different umpires are going to have different zones.” Not many high school students enjoy their summer jobs but these referees said differently. “My favorite part is watching the kids when they get to work together — they get so excited, especially because they’re young,” Gelles said. “They are just learning how to play, and it’s really fun to watch.” Reynolds prefers watching the older groups play. “The kids love the sport,” Reynolds said. “Whenever you have a close game, it’s fun because they’re competitive.” Malek’s favorite aspect is different from the others. “Kicking out parents is very fun,” Malek said. “When they curse and stuff, I’ve had to kick them out.” All three agree the pay for refereeing makes the job well


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referees of various sports worth it. “It depends on the age you’re working and the level [with] how much you’re getting paid, but usually it’s going to be between $22 and $30 for an hour and 45 minute game,” Reynolds said. “So it’s a pretty good pay.” The adjustable hours are also a bonus. “It’s pretty flexible,” Gelles said. “I usually work on either Saturdays or Sundays and I do about four games at a time so it takes up maybe three hours.” Soccer scheduling especially provides the unique opportunity to work whenever you choose. “It’s very self-oriented — whatever you want to do, when-

ever you’re free, you can ask for those days. Whatever days you can’t do, you don’t sign up for,” Malek said. “It’s super self-paced — it’s very flexible for students especially.” Malek offers a word of advice for those interested in the job. “Keep your composure and don’t be stressed because in the game, the last thing you want to do is be freaking out — then the players and everyone freaks out and it’s a mess,” Malek said. “Also try to get interest in the sport first because I feel like if you’re a referee that doesn’t watch soccer or play, it’s not going to be as fun to do. If you want to make money it’s a it’s a good job.”

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t is a common trend that students seeking to challenge themselves through academic rigor take Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Although AP tests are taken in the Spring, College Board did not release scores until July.

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AP UNITED STATES HISTORY Predicted Score: 4 Score Received: 5 “Do all your work on time because it’s a really easy A if you turn things in. Also start studying early and watch Heimler.”

Read on to hear about what last season’s AP test takers thought they would receive on their test, what they actually ended up receiving, and a few words of wisdom they would leave any students planning to take that course this school year.

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AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES Predicted Score: 5 Score Received: 4 “The biggest thing would be to not procrastinate on your projects and actually make sure to do all the lessons so you know all the vocab.”


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Predicted Score: 3 Score Received: 2 “Stay on top of your work and do it the day it’s assigned, not the day it’s due. It hurt me procrastinating my work and it piled up too much towards the end of the year.”

Predicted Score: 3 Score Received: 3 “Make sure you really understand the many different formulas you learn throughout the year and know how to apply them. The AP test gives you a formula sheet, so if you know how to apply these formulas, you will do well.”

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AP MICROECONOMICS Predicted Score: 3 Score Received: 3 “Do all the work and worksheets she assigns even though they’re not graded.”

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AP BIOLOGY Predicted Score: 5 Score Received: 3 “Make sure you read the textbook because the in-class notes are not enough for the AP exam.”

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Predicted Score: 4 Score Received: 4 “Keep up with the class and make sure you really get the lesson down before you move on. It’s a completely cumulative class and every lesson builds off of the last one, so don’t be afraid ro reach out for help or tutoring if you need it ­— you’ll see a very visible difference.”

Predicted Score: 3 Score Received: 4 “Practice your timed writes because that’s the main thing since there’s three of them. Make sure you know the vocab for the multiple choice questions because I feel like that is the thing that can easily mess you up the most.”


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NEWS BEGINNINGS

BV journalists discuss becoming a part of a school publication staff

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chool publications are arguably what keep students and staff connected throughout each school year. It gives young journalists the opportunity to form their passions and find what they are and aren’t so good at. Newspaper, Headrush, and Yearbook staff changes from year to year, bringing in new staff members and fresh twists. Some people switch publications to properly feed their interests. Junior Ava Poland was on yearbook her sophomore year but will be switching to newspaper for her junior year. “I have been on the yearbook staff and Headrush magazine,” Poland said. “I love writing, and taking 21st century journalism made me realize I love graphic design too.” Although some have been on multiple staffs before, many have not. “I have not ever been on a school publication before,” said junior Allison Sharber. “My brother is on newspaper, and I have friends in yearbook.” Many take the prerequisite in order to be a part of Newspaper or Yearbook: 21st Century Journalism. “[Mrs. Huss] asked if Newspaper is something I’d be interested in,” junior Kenzie Campbell said. “At first I said no, and

then I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll give it a try.’” Being on staff comes with plenty of ways to expand your creativity. “I’m most excited for working with people I don’t really know,” Campbell said. “I want to have a reason to be at school and to participate in something other than normal classes.” Becoming involved in your school yearbook or newspaper not only broadens aspiring journalists horizons and adds to students’ college applications, it also opens the door for passion and eventually for some, the perfect occupation. “I’m open to pursuing journalism as my profession, I’ve always thought it would be cool to make my own magazine,” Poland said. But for some, journalism is expected to remain a personal hobby. “I really enjoy taking photos of people and I thought it would give me a good experience,” Sharber said. “[But] as of right now, I probably will not pursue journalism in college or as a professional life”. No matter the publication, BV journalism all has the same bottom line: sharing current events at BV and spreading school spirit. It gives students and staff a sense of community that wouldn’t exist without young journalists with a passion for storytelling and shedding light on the people in their schools.

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Pride or Pandering?

Pride month marketing should not be superficial harrison jones |staff writer

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very year numerous videos come out making fun of the “Target Pride Collection” for some of their more hilarious blunders when it comes to the company’s attempt toward making merchandise for pride month. Every June LGBTQ+ individuals across the internet take to social media to have a laugh about the year’s overwhelming display of rainbow capitalism. Rainbow Capitalism is a term used to describe the commercialization of LGBTQ+ movements. This phenomenon typically exploits the community by putting the label of support on products without actually donating to any charities or organizations centered around improving the lives of people within the community. This can effectively turn a movement into a marketable product, pushing aside the struggles many queer people face to make profit. For example the alcohol industry makes a great deal of income during pride month despite the LGBTQ+ community being considered at a higher risk for substance abuse; many of the

safe spaces originally being bars where many found each other while drinking and abusing other substances. Many members of the community lean into alcohol and drug culture to numb various traumas, resulting from society’s rejection of being queer. Data from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found queer individuals are twice as likely as straight individuals to develop substance abuse disorders. So at least to some degree, doesn’t it seem almost exploitative to have the industry lean into promoting their product so heavily during the month? Pride Month is a celebration to commemorate the many historical events and figures that pushed the movement forward to better the future for others. With companies just slapping a rainbow logo on whatever merchandise they happen to be selling, it flattens the struggle queer people still face today — and alongside it, the history of movement itself. There’s an episode in the show “The Good Place” where in order to up how good they are the characters run around doing as many good deeds as possible, but their score doesn’t go up at all because their intention behind it wasn’t

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pure. This raises the question: does the intention behind a good deed matter if it still helps people in the end? Do I believe many of the corporations are slapping a rainbow logo on something because they feel that strongly about helping queer people? No. But, what I am sure of is that somewhere out there, there is probably a queer person, young or old, who wants to feel seen — and if that rainbow shirt at their local Walmart makes them feel OK then maybe it’s not all bad. The problem isn’t companies giving kind words and gestures to the community — it’s that kind words and gestures is all that it is. Gestures of support are, of course, lovely, but they often aren’t enough. So people aren’t angry that companies are making their logo rainbow for the month, it’s just a matter of where does that support go when they can no longer market it? What’s behind your gestures of support, and is there anything more than just a gesture? Is there anything substantial enough there to actually take this world we live in and at least attempt to make it a better place for others?

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Tigers must embody school spirit heading into the Golden years As you’ve all heard hundreds of times, Mr. Bacon is no longer the commander in chief of BV. After countless days in the uniforms of State victors, inspirational speeches and iconic GRRs at assemblies, Bacon’s time at this school came to an end. That is not, however, an invitation for BV’s renowned school spirit, one 53 years in the making, to leave along with him. Bacon made incredible contributions to the community here at BV, but it’s our job to continue the traditions that made us sad to see him go. We can’t fall back on the narrative that there will be an inevitable loss of spirit or tradition due to Bacon’s departure — to do so would be doing ourselves, especially those starting their senior year, a monumental disservice. It is the students, after all, who celebrated when Bacon triumphantly held up hardware to assembly crowds. It is the students who called out to Bacon at the end of every grade-level cheer battle and the students who fill the stands at

every football game. which they want to be a part. With Bacon gone, we lost a key With the effort and enthusiasm of member of the BV community, but an entire student body, BV can become we still keep the thousands of others the best it has ever been as we approach who lift BV far above its district rivals what will hopefully be — fingers crossed through relentless dedication to tiger — the first wonderfully “normal” school pride. year of the decade. This year, each of us has a responOne last thing — as we adjust to a sibility to go all in. Each of us has the new principal, remember that comparopportunity to dress to the nines for ison is the root of much unnecessary spirit days and attend, or be a part of, unhappiness. Dr. Golden will never beat BV’s various games and showcases. Mr. Bacon at being Mr. Bacon, so we The seniors especially are in a should not hold him to such an unrealisunique and pivotal position in regards tic standard. photo by to continuing thename school’s unparalleled Each of us, after all, would fail at beFirst sentence. Second sentence. “Quote.” culture — they haven’t yet had a single ing anybody but ourselves. BV must give “fully normal” year of high school Golden the opportunity to carry on the without an abrupt ending, online classes torch of spirit that lights the hallways or masks. and sets crowds of students ablaze. Furthermore, the younger grades haThe one guarantee we have going ven’t experienced BV in all its “normal into this year is that it won’t be the same glory” either. It is the class of 2023’s job as the last — for better or for worse, the and privilege to lead a school spirit restudents hold the fate of BV’s culture in vival at BV, and it’s the responsibility of their hands. For better or for worse, we the juniors, sophomores and freshmen decide the power of the legacy Bacon to buy into the creation of a culture of leaves behind.

This staff editorial is the representation of the opinion of The Tiger Print staff.