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"Protect Kids, Not Guns": Maryland Teenagers Skip School to Demand Action
High school students protested on Capitol Hill and at the White House in solidarity with the victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
Note: This is a piece I co-wrote with another Prospect intern, Mark Ossolinski.
Several hundred Washington-area high school students gathered outside the U.S. Capitol and the White House on Wednesday to protest gun violence and urge lawmakers to enact gun control legislation in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The students, who came from a handful of public high schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, north of Washington, skipped the better part of their school day to take Metro’s Red Line down to the U.S. Capitol. There, following several minutes of chants of “Enough is enough” and “Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go,” they were greeted by Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District. . . . read more
Vista football opens heart to boy with rare disorder
Despite Joe Wren’s unwavering love for football, the 10-year-old will never be able to play: Born without abdominal muscles and kidneys that don’t work well, he can’t participate in any competitive sports.
But the Mountain Vista football team made his dream come true for a night when it invited him to suit up for a recent football game.
“He has a way of getting into people’s hearts,” said his mother, Sherie Wren. “Down on that sideline, he really feels like he’s part of the gang. Of course, he’s little because of his kidney failure from birth — these guys just make him feel like he’s 6 feet tall." . . . read more
Victorious Valor softball creates family from team
Dirt, eye black and bruises usually aren’t in style for homecoming season, but for the 13 girls on Valor Christian High School’s varsity softball team, there wasn’t much of a choice.
In between two days of tenacious softball play that ended with a second 4A championship trophy, the girls took time to clean up and head to the homecoming dance at their school in Highlands Ranch.
“Getting to celebrate at homecoming after winning the first two games was a great way to reconnect with my team,” said Alexandra Kinder, the team’s third baseman and only senior. “I think we all knew from the beginning we would come out strong.” . . . read more
Boulder students are showing passion, getting involved in 2016 election
Anna Sparlin, an environmental design student, didn’t get involved with politics until after starting school at the University of Colorado at Boulder three years ago.
“Before college, my biggest political action was voting in the 2012 elections,” Sparlin said, “ and I only knew one person I was voting for.”
Since then, Sparlin has become an activist, working as the director of communications for CU Student Voices Count. . . . read more
Pugh scores in debut game for national team
In the 83rd minute of the game against Ireland, Mallory Pugh made history — again — when she headed in a goal during her debut on the U.S. women’s national soccer team: She became the sixth-youngest player in history to score a goal for the USA, the youngest to do so over the past 16 years and only the 19th of any age to score in a debut game.
“It was amazing,” said Pugh, 17, a senior at Mountain Vista High School. “When I first went in the game, I was super nervous — and most people can relate to that. But if you just go in and start playing, everything goes away. That’s kind of what happened to me.” . . . read more