BHS Gives Thanks
Photo Credit: Grant Gravagna
Senior Aaron Paley gave a humorous list of twelve things he is not thankful for.
The journalism class
November 20, 2012
Filed under News, Top Stories
Students and teachers gave thanks today at the traditional Thanksgiving assembly.
Find out what students in the journalism class are thankful for…
I’m thankful for the simple things that make my life less stressful, like listening to music when I wake up in the morning, and sleeping in a warm house on two pillows at night. These are the luxuries that matter to me, that others may not consider significant, but on Thanksgiving, I hope we all consider the small things that put smiles on our faces.
While most students, myself included, complain about the workload at BHS, this year I’m taking the time to thank our teachers for caring about our intellectual growth. I’m thankful that I have been forced to push the limits of my thoughts, and become intellectually curious.
Most of all, I’m thankful for the joy and fellowship our family will experience when gathering around the dinner table. We, like most families, may have our fights throughout the year, but I’m thankful that we can let go of grudges and still love and cherish each other.
For one, I’m thankful for all my friends who put up with me and give me rides pretty much whenever I ask. I’m thankful for my big fat cat for letting me use him as a pillow. I’m also thankful for my parents for, on top of everything that they do in general, making sure I don’t fall behind on what I do. I’m thankful for my teachers for giving me breaks every once and a while so I don’t fail. I’m thankful for my friends inviting me to hang out with them so I don’t spend my time alone like I used to. I’m thankful for my Dad’s friends who are giving me a puppy this winter.
There are so many things to be thankful for, no matter who you are. However, in the United States, we are truly blessed to be able to take so much for granted. After a heated election season, sometimes people see more problems that they see solutions. Isn’t it wonderful that we have a country that allows us to picket, scream, and shout for something we believe in? Even if a campaign gets ugly, I’m thankful that we are allowed to campaign, write opinionated articles, fund negative ads, give money to a cause we believe, and vote in a free election without a choice between a political statement and martyrdom.
A big issue was the economy and the high unemployment rate. In other countries, poverty would leave to a violent revolution. But in America, the poverty isn’t as horrific as it is in some third-world countries. In America, people are allowed to express their discontent without resorting to violent means. In America, social programs ensure that the poorest of the poor don’t get accounted for. It’s a testament to the power of American democracy and stability that the people re-elected a president often targeted for the country’s economic woes. They were confident enough that American democracy would give them to voice to check the economy. In conclusion, I’m thankful for living in a first-world country with a relatively high standard of living. But more importantly, I’m thankful for a country enshrouded in the first amendment-so if we feel the rights of ourselves and our fellow citizens are being stamped on-we can speak our minds and change things.
I’m thankful for my incredibly supportive family and friends, and the great education I receive here at BHS. I’m grateful for the wonderful teachers and all the resources that our school district has. Beachwood is a great city to grow up in. I’m also thankful to have a roof over my head and food on the table, when so many others around the world don’t have these simple necessities.
I’m thankful for BHS because it e helps me with all of my needs and wants. I am really thankful for time because people change and I am one of those people. I realized school is more important than getting laughs, and I can’t wait to graduate from BHS. I’m also thankful for my laugh because when I laugh, everybody laughs.
-Walter Ringfield, Jr.
I’m thankful for the hard but rewarding work that writing for the Beachcomber provides.
I am thankful that I am able to visit my family that lives out of state on weekends. I am thankful for a school that cares so much about their students’ success. I am thankful for a world where there is a variety of culture.