Before Inauguration Day, students at MLEC were asked to share their thoughts and concerns and address the new president using #FromThePeople. Below is what three students had to say.
The 2016 presidential election was intense and surprised many by showing the division plaguing the nation. Donald Trump’s victory was a victory to some and disheartening to others, however, as today marked his inauguration as 44th President of the United States, the focus turned to the laws and policies that Trump will implement during his time in office.
Jaguars at Miami Lakes Educational Center again showed their interest in politics and demonstrated that young people do care about the issues facing the country by using the hashtag #FromThePeople in the days before Trump’s inauguration.
Students around the school were asked what they wanted Trump to address or consider once he took office.
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It was Halloween— candy was being passed out, people were dressed in their best costumes, and parties were in full swing. Yet, walking through the mall and several different shops, one might say it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
On Halloween, retail workers were already tearing down spooky decorations and drawing Christmas trees on windows and clearing aisles out to make space for red and green themed decorations, ignoring the fact that Halloween is a very real holiday in the hearts of many people.
By the end of the first week of November, Christmas displays greet you at the front of every store and aisles are dedicated to decorations for the holiday, leaving only a small amount of space for Thanksgiving themed decorations.
The United States was weeks away from celebrating Thanksgiving (and even more weeks away from the jolliest holiday) but stores have decided that money comes first and bypassed the day of thanks and gratitude instead of letting people focus on an equally important holiday.
While it is true that Christmas is a great time, from peppermint mocha lattes to ugly Christmas sweaters, it’s time to remember that the holiday season includes Thanksgiving. The holidays are about more than sales and decorating, they are the time of spending time with loved ones and trying to avoid gaining ten pounds with pie alone.
There is no point in plastering snowmen wearing top hats or reindeer with red noses all over stores so early. People will still celebrate Christmas and need to purchase decorations because, given the way the calendar functions, December 24 and 25 will always come around.
With the way time seems to fly by so quickly, no one really wants to skip past those important moments between now and the end of the holiday season. No one wants to see twinkling lights and artificial pine trees at every corner when they haven’t even gotten a taste of stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Most shoppers aren’t ready to deck the halls until after Thanksgiving regardless of how early Christmas decorations fill the shelves— there is no need for Christmas in July to be an actual thing. Cartoon turkeys, wreaths made from yellow and orange leaves, and fake cornucopias will suffice until it’s time for jolly old St. Nick.
So next year, when people are still out trick-or-treating, the baubles and tinsel should be kept in storage until it’s a little closer to Christmas.
Students at Miami Lakes Educational Center (MLEC) have proved once again that Millennials are not the uninformed, apathetic generation people make them out to be. The Harbinger and Junior State of America (JSA) hosted a mock presidential debate and a mock senatorial debate four days before Election Day and the student audience was more than interested. They were involved.
Gathering in the school’s auditorium, students watched and listened attentively as Carolina Espinal, a senior in the journalism strand of the Cambridge Academy, who was the moderator for the debates, introduced the candidates and listed the rules.
Beforehand, a coin toss was used to determine who would go first and the senatorial debate began. Dru Barcelo represented Senator Marco Rubio (R) and Christian…
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