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Grady Trexler, Assistant Opinions Editor

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It is an incredible time to be a dragon.

Despite the administration-student tension (which is a constant factor throughout Maggie Walker’s timeline, despite what nostalgia dictates,) despite the looming exams, despite those who feel that Maggie Walker is going too soft and those who feel that Maggie Walker is too hard for its own good, it is an incredible time to be a dragon.  We are doing and creating and executing some of the most amazing, inspiring things high schoolers can do.

Madoc Kimball (`19), inspired by another college art student, has taken it upon himself to draw a portrait of every member of his art class and then every member of the class of 2019.  Jordan Keller (`17) won a national competition for her Vans shoe design. Genna Markee (`17) placed fifth in the nation for Forensics. Our We The People team is the best in the United States.  Boys soccer is going to states for the first time in school history. Our running programs are still shining. And above all, senior showcase is my favorite part of each year. Students get the chance to really delve into something they love and share that passion with others.  There are so many good things happening in this school, so it breaks my heart to hear students talk about Maggie Walker’s “recent downturn.”

I’ve fallen victim to it too, more often than not: a conversation, usually initiated by an upperclassman, about how Maggie Walker’s current trend is downhill.  More lenient exams, easier homework policies, and the downgrading of staff all supposedly contribute to a less meaningful Maggie Walker diploma. Last year, as an incoming freshmen with a senior for a brother, I got in tune with this kind of talk.  It’s easy to do; there are undeniable problems with the school, but they don’t define the school. Maggie Walker has always had problems. But Maggie Walker has also always had incredible students and opportunities and freedoms and projects.

I don’t want to dismiss the problems Maggie Walker has encountered- I just want to say that this is not what Maggie Walker is about.  This year has taught me a lot about the value of the students here. The sophomore class went through a lot this year, unfortunately like the previous two sophomore classes.  Although this is the first year that I understood the grief, it’s also the first year I’ve understood the healing and the hugging and the help. Students came together in all the ways they could to get through.  We all love the same.

And we all love something.  Whether your passion is art or music or speech or dance or basketball or poetry or swimming or camping or fishing or speaking in one hundred different languages, we all love something.  Countless examples of outstanding student passion have convinced me of this.

And that’s incredible.  

Here’s to another great school year.

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Grady Trexler, Assistant Opinions Editor

Grady Trexler is a junior and the Assistant Opinions Editor. He enjoys the Opinions section because it lets him be biased. Grady enjoys listening to music...

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