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.
A senior at Logan High, Melodee Zappitello shared her thoughts, beginning by expressing how much she did not like president-elect Trump. Her exact words were: “I personally think Trump sucks.” She despises how he sets an example of misogyny, sexism, racism, and bigotry. Zappitello also said that she doesn’t think that he has any good plans, and even if he did, she wouldn’t support someone who promotes all the negativity he does.
Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, was seen as an admirable person to her. “Bernie Sanders has it right,” she said. Zappitello admires how Bernie is a rare politician, one who truly cares for the poor in our nation. She loves how Sanders has put so much emphasis on getting free tuition for college, regardless of whether it would result in further economic debt to our country. Zappitello believes that Sanders would have been a better president than Trump.
Even though Obama is leaving office in January, Zappitello said that she will forever love him for who he has been as our president. She respects that Obama has always supported the LGBTQ community, women, people of color, and the disabled. Zappitello loves how Obama never gave up on trying to pass more bills while Congress was working against him. She believes that Obama is one of the greatest presidents we’ve ever had. Being in a working class family, Zappitello is one student at our school who knows what it's like to have financial problems once in awhile. Her family is from Logan and is well aware of the poverty in our nation.
One student everyone should get to know is Ephraim Gallano, another senior here at Logan High, who moved here this year from the Philippines. Sadly he didn’t know much about Bernie Sanders, but his opinion on Obama was pretty straightforward.
“Obama is decent, but I hate how his wife makes us eat nasty food for lunch”.
He didn’t have much more to say about Obama, except that he thinks Obama should be a comedian after he leaves office.
The one person Ephraim did know about was Donald Trump. While a large number of people I’ve talked to hate Trump, there have been a few like Ephraim that really like the president elect.
“I think Trump is awesome; he knows how to get things done.”
Ephraim’s personal opinion is that the U.S. needs someone who will do something, more than anything else. His opinions on Trump continued when he expressed how he loved that the U.S. will finally have a president who is a multi-billionaire. He believes that the next four years will be fun, saying, “I think the U.S. is going to party while Trump is president.”
Ephraim is from a small town near Manila, the capital of the Philippines, a city that he claims is either partying or fighting depending on whether the local gangs are around. His family is LDS, and by his words, “My family was poor in the Philippines, but now we’re rich.”
With what seems like limited information relayed back, although valuable, we can see that Logan High is home to people with polar opposite opinions, which is perhaps one of many reasons that Logan High is so great.
Yahiya, a sophomore, and Gregor Grosaft, a former exchange student, both also expressed some of their opinions. Yahiya, a Sunni Muslim from Somalia, said that he loves Obama and hates Trump.
Yahiya, like Ephraim, did not know anything about Sanders, but he thinks that anyone is better than Trump. Yahiya has expressed multiple times to his closest friends, that he fears Trump will deport him and his family.
Gregor Grosaft, although being back home in Slovakia for six months now, has paid close attention to the elections and other news here in America. Since the day he first saw Trump in the presidential race, Grosaft has believed that America has become a place that it was not supposed to become. He thinks that most liberties in America are becoming undermined, because, although still legal, anything you do will be criticized by the masses here in America. Grosaft thinks that Trump will only be a great leader for those who wish to continue criticizing and throwing their peers under the bus.
With students from very different backgrounds all contributing to the spirit here at Logan High, it is clear to see that diversity can contribute to greatness. Though America continues to struggle with racial, gender, and religious differences, Logan High and its students can continue to flourish.
We Grizzlies are an opinionated bunch, hm? Speak out and be heard.