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Maria Callahan

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A beautiful sight.

A beautiful sight.

A beautiful sight.

This past year my classmate McKee Thatcher and I spent a lot of the school year working the administration to implement the Pledge of Allegiance in our daily school routine here at Xavier. Many months, meetings and flags later, I am happy to report we have achieved our mission! Now, I am proud to be at the patriotic school at the end of Cook Street; the school with the most massive American flag out of the high schools in The Valley hanging in their gym. The school that now has a full sized flag in every classroom.

The American Flag, a dominant figure in the back of every indoor game at Xavier.

The Pledge process began with an informal conversation between Mr. Tricco, McKee and me. McKee and I were waiting in the front office to catch Mr. Tricco for a talk about the pledge. While we waited we bounced ideas about the Pledge with Ms. Estay, Ms.Quagliani, and Ms. Cervello. Mr. Branconier, Xavier’s Dean of Students even weighed in on the subject. When Mr. Tricco returned to the office, we were able to have a short dialogue with him about the possibility of implementing the Pledge.

Mr. Tricco, along with the rest of the office staff and Mr. Branconier, were unanimously pro-Pledge. The problem with this first encounter is that we only agreed that we should say the pledge. McKee and I forgot to cover some vital points like when, where and how. McKee and I had no action plan to put into place. So time passed and our conversation was seemingly forgotten.

Coming into this change process, I thought it would be quick. This was not the case. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that we couldn’t just start saying the pledge. I guess I am such a nationalist that when it comes to my country I believe that making America come first should be easy. Many people, though, may not share this value. When I counseled with adults, they invariably asked me why I did not go straight to Twitter to gain a following for the change I envisioned. Although this might seem a natural fit for teens I vetoed it for a couple of reasons. First, I believed that I could trust the administration to do the right thing in putting forward an action plan that had board support, and second, I love Xavier. Our community could make this a reality. I did not want Xavier to be that school that didn’t say the pledge, and I didn’t want to create division around this idea. Xavier did not deserve to be defined by that.

Overall, the process was almost painless. The most difficult aspect was waiting. Time passed with little movement. That was hard to endure as was the assembly during which McKee and I were scheduled to speak but were cut from the lineup.  That one hurt as we carefully prepared what we would say; we both were dedicated to touching the hearts of our peers and teachers. A follow-up meeting with Mr. Tricco helped clarify the action plan points that would move the process forward. This included a flag for each classroom. Gratefully, the Thatcher Family very generously donated these.

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I am proud to leave this legacy from my senior year. I’ve learned that progress is a process. Sometimes it can be a long process. But it is one that begins when you find something that you are motivated to change. For me, institutionalizing the Pledge was a good starting point. I have faith that more inspired students will come along with the courage to speak up for their beliefs and plan the work to implement change. They may not always be one-hundred percent successful, but as soon as they put their voice out there they will realize that they are not alone. Xavier does have students’ best interest at heart and will assist leadership as causes, courage, and desire for change come together. Step out in Faith!

 

 

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