Students’ reflections on actions will help in making decisions they will be proud of

Staff Editorial

Let’s be honest, Idea Day had some hits and misses—though not necessarily in the realm of planning, rather in student participation or even appreciation for that matter.

While it is understandable that not everyone will be thrilled when forced to listen to a speaker, especially when it is for a couple of hours, we could at least have been respectful of those presenting on stage and the students that had organized this event.

The lack of engagement during the morning auditorium session was shocking. Honestly, can we not sit still and quiet as someone has the floor? We are all high school students; some of us have even reached the age of adulthood, yet we still lack a sense of maturity. This could quite possibly have just been a few students, but often those that are the most vocal (literally) make the biggest statement.

We had multiple people from across the Midwest at the school to present, and the impression we gave them was not the best. From constant chatter to irrelevant questions—a total disregard towards the stories that had affected the lives of our guests was shown. The Idea Day committee spent countless hours putting together this unique experience and many of us threw it out the window and stomped on it for good measure.

How can our school administrators maintain the idea that UAHS students are “the best,” when in this instance we were most clearly not? Now is the perfect time to step up and show school officials that we can handle ourselves. We can each reflect on our actions in order to make progress toward becoming well-mannered community members.

By learning from both our mistakes and the mistakes of others, we can grow into the best possible versions of ourselves while maintaining a polite face that we will be proud of in the future.