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By: Michelle Villanueve

 


Students from a variety of clubs preform culture inspired dances and routines.

 

 

For the past 26 years, Lincoln High School has been putting on the Brotherhood Sisterhood Assembly to send a message to its students. BSA is an annual event that celebrates the diversity we have at Lincoln, where over 25 clubs unite to perform and send a message that correlates with each year’s theme.

    In 1993, a tragic event happened that changed Lincoln forever. An act of violence happened near campus, where two groups of people got into an altercation. In response to this, Lincoln’s students rose up and organized an assembly which then became the BSA performance.

In the past, BSA has had themes that symbolize unity, harmony and positivity. This year’s theme is ‘We Gon’ Be Alright’, in response to the events that have happened in the previous year.

All clubs have a performance that correlates with the theme in a way that the club deemed fit. For example, Polynesian club’s performed the traditional Siva Tau and Tahitian dances. Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, and other cultural clubs danced a traditional folk dance for each specific culture.

Rocky Marania, co-president of Filipino club and president of Polynesian club, says,  “Both [Filipino and Polynesian] clubs really expressed the idea that as long as you have support from both your culture and your close knit community, you are going to be okay even in the worst of times.” Marania feels that the clubs have done a great job at portraying the theme in a way the students can relate and empathize with.

 

Lincoln Mustangs participate in Pink Tsunami to support anti-bullying

By: Emily Cai

 


Teachers and students decorate their classes to show support for Pink Tsunami.

 

Pink Tsunami began in Canada when a male student was bullied for wearing pink on the first day of school. The following day David Shepherd and Travis Price bought and distributed 50 pink shirts in order to support the student.

Pink Tsunami, also known as Anti-Bullying Day, is to prevent further bullying. Studies have shown that one out of four kids are bullied at some point in high school.

On March 1st, Lincoln high school kicked off an early Gay Pride with the annual Pink Tsunami Day. Students and teachers decorated classrooms and hallways with as much pink as possible.

The winners this year were Madison Junker, Valerie Ziegler, and Leon Sultan’s advisories.

    “At Lincoln, this is one of our biggest events that demonstrates community spirit and what makes it even better there is a level of social engagement with purpose.” said Ian Enriquez, the Wellness Coordinator of ALHS.

This year Connie So’s class wrote poetry, Christopher Vertone’s class crumpled up personal stories of bullying and used them as decoration, and Junker’s class practiced kindness in the community.

“Pink Tsunami is important to me because I myself am part of the LGBT community. I have been president of GSA for 3 years now. I have worked with queer youth on accepting themselves.” said Kaya Lehr-Love, the president of GSA.

Students of Lincoln value Pink Tsunami because it provides a safe and supportive environment.

“I have had friends beat by their parents constantly for being caught with their gay lover. I have had friends nearly assaulted to death for being outwardly gay in public. I have had multiple friends kicked out of their house for being gay, and are still homeless. I have seen kids bullied here at Lincoln for being gay, or looking gay.” said Lehr-Love.

Lincoln as whole participated in Pink Tsunami to bring awareness. As a result, we hope to help people realize homophobia is not okay.