The beginning of second semester means many things for students.

For freshmen, they have survived the first half of the year. For sophomores, National History Day projects have begun, and the prospect of soon becoming upperclassmen is looming. For juniors, there’s one thing on their minds­—college. The stretch before applications are due is a daunting one. Seniors also have college on their mind, but with applications and first semester grades sent, we are more likely to be counting the days until schools out. I, like many other seniors, have found myself more relaxed and less stressed out about school. To use my dad’s terminology, we, seniors are in the “home stretch.” Ready to pass the finish line and leave high school, yet heistant about our future in college.

On a more serious note, February is Black History Month. We approached the issue of race with apprehension; it’s not exactly a comfortable topic for most. However, that does not mean it is not an important one. Upper Arlington, a community that prides itself in its excellent academics and traditions, is also known for several other, more negative aspects. Diversity is not a strong presence felt in the high school or really any part of the community. While definite strides have been made, there is still room for improvement. It is important to understand and appreciate different cultures, and that is what we have dedicated this issue to.

We’d love to print feedback from students, teachers and readers alike. So if you have an opinion about any of our articles, feel free to email us and we’d be happy to print it. Feedback is always helpful in terms of knowing how we are doing and what we can do to improve.

Hoping everyone has an enjoyable winter season,

Leah Johnston

Editor in Chief