December 9, 2018

Old traditions are forgotten

Posted on February 8, 2016 by in Op-Ed

Diana Ryabchikova

Chronicle Reporter

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For many years, a society in which people keep traditions was considered to be more strong and stable.This school is part of a society and without traditions it is a dead building where teenagers spend exhausting hours of learning.

Some traditions live a long time and some disappear after a few decades. Rewind 50 years into the past and we can see that our school was full of diverse traditions which are now forgotten.Every morning at the beginning of the day the Pledge of Allegiance was said.The front of the school had grass where everyone sat for lunch and had student meetings. The drill team was all girls and the marching band led the Christmas parade on Hollywood Boulevard.

But that’s not all. According to Carol Wells, secretary of the Hollywood High School Alumni Association, students always sang the HHS song at the football games and now no one even knows that we have our own song.The school had a strict dress code. Girls had to wear skirts and boys had to wear slacks, There were no jeans, and all the students looked alike.

Now, everyone has the freedom of choice. And to be honest, I do not like it. I believe that a school uniform reflects the spirit of the whole school and makes us a family, a part of something important and beloved. We had a basketball game between alumni and staff. I was not there, but I think it was fun.

Now all these traditions have disappeared and everyone has forgotten about them.

We should bring them back or at least come up with new ones, more interesting than the previous. One that comes to mind is to arrange school dances in honor of Halloween or Christmas, to organize the Spring Festival, which would have different competitions and at the end of the day there would be a ball where students chose  the king and queen of the festival. We could organize dances in style of the 50’s or 60’s.

Our school is divided into groups; some students are so shy that they are afraid to make friends. I think these activities might help us become closer and make new friends. We have a wonderful school and I would like to make it even better than it is right now. Traditions bind us together, make us a part of something inherent. Without them school is just school, and only with traditions does it get a soulful and warm look,which everybody wants to participate.

 

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