With the holiday season fast approaching, weather is getting colder, days are getting shorter, and nights are getting longer. That being said, it can be hard to find things to do to keep yourself busy with during the winter months, especially with winter break fast approaching. Whether you’re the kind of person that absolutely loves the snow, or would rather bundle up in a warm blanket and stay close to the fire, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure your holiday season isn’t filled with boredom.
Since snow usually comes around only a few months out of the year, right now is the best time to take advantage of it. Danielle Graham, a junior at Logan High, has been snowboarding for 11 years now.
“I started because I saw my older sisters snowboarding with our dad, so I wanted to join,” said Graham.
“I think my favorite part of it is feeling the wind in your face. It’s really exciting when you’re going through the snow faster than if you were to do anything else."
Just in case you’ve never noticed, Logan High School is extremely diverse. It seems like you could name any country on the map and find that there is at least one person at Logan High who is from there. Usnews.com, shows that although there are not a lot of some races here at Logan High, there are a lot of different races. There are a relatively large number of Native Americans, African Americans, and Pacific Islanders, all being just under four percent. There are three more prominent races here at Logan High, Asian, with four percent; Hispanic with twenty-six percent; and the most prominent, Caucasian with sixty-six percent.
The demographic analysis on usnews.com also shows that at the end of last year, Logan High was ranked the sixteenth best school in Utah and within the top two thousand in the nation. With over 400 public high schools in Utah, and 26,000 public high schools in the nation, clearly Logan High is considered one of the best educational environments. A big part of this rank is because of our diverse student body. This diversity leaves some people, such as myself, curious about what students here think of our nation, where it will go in the next four years, and what their overall opinion is on public figures like president-elect Donald Trump, former candidate Bernie Sanders, and current president Barack Obama.
Even though Obama is leaving office in January, Zappitello said that she will forever love him for who he has been as our president.
‘Tis the season for giving back. Many of us see this time of year as an opportunity to be getting all the things you’ve been wanting, but those of us who are lucky enough to be receiving all of those new presents should also be aware of all of the people who won’t be getting anything this Christmas. There are numerous ways to do something for your community this holiday season, and there are already people who are seizing the opportunity to give back.
I asked several students from Logan High if they were making an effort to do something for the community this season, and what they were doing as part of that effort.
"At the [Alternative Gift Market], you can purchase goods for people in developing countries and living in poverty. For example, shoppers could purchase school supplies for Syrian refugees. It was amazing to see how significant a small donation can be in improving the lives of those in need.”
I was one of the fortunate participants in the Close-Up program in Washington D.C. this year. Prior to leaving, not only was my political efficacy low, but my political positivity was almost empty. I had little faith in our government systems because of the past presidential election chaos and the other prevailing issues in our country such as police shootings, oil pipeline construction, and seeming corruption in government offices. Like many others, I often spouted political negativity and backhanded comments about the direction the country is headed or argued why one candidate for president is “obviously” better than the other because of such and such a scandal that the other participated in. Though it may not have always shown on the outside, I carried this attitude with me on the 4 hour plane ride to the east coast.
The people working in the capitol building are good people. They are there not because of the pay--which is little--or the benefits of the job--which are few--they are there because they believe that they can make a difference.
Thanksgiving is over, our Black Friday sprees are completed, and now that we are back from our Thanksgiving break and back in school, many are in the Christmas spirit again. We seem to have more cheerfulness and joy when the holiday season comes, and more than any other annual holiday. How could this be? Is there more to this holiday than people anticipate, or could the simple holiday celebrations have more effect on us than we expect? There has been generations of traditions, stories, and customs people have adopted year after year. There are more donations and charitable acts involved in this holiday than any other; thus, this holiday is known as the season of giving. The biggest question of all: What does Christmas bring into our lives?
Those who are Scrooges need a Christmas boost to understand the gift of selfless charity.