The Student News Site of Westerville South

The Scribe

The Student News Site of Westerville South

The Scribe

The Scribe

The Student News Site of Westerville South

The Scribe

The Student News Site of Westerville South

The Scribe

Seniors Sumeya Ali and Idman Warsame smile radiantly as they walk down the auditorium stairs to represent their country, Somalia, in the fashion show.
Westerville South performs annual Black History Month show
Grace Rodstrom, News/Feature Editor • February 28, 2024

Each year, students of all Westerville schools anticipate the biggest student-run show of February: The annual Black History Month Show. With...

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Barack-Obama
https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/barack_obama_409128
Barack Obama - First African American president
Charles Amara, Business Manager • February 20, 2024

Barack Obama served as the 44th president of the United States. Some of his accomplishments include becoming the first African American president,...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aretha_Franklin
Aretha Franklin - The queen of soul
Anne Keir, Reporter • February 13, 2024

Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee and she died in 2018 at the age of 76. Aretha won 18 Grammys. She had 112 singles...

More than Just a day off; The history of Presidents’ Day

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Presidents Day. The Encyclopaedia Britannica. Britannica.com, 3 Jan. 2024, www.britannica.com/topic/Presidents-Day. Accessed 9 Feb. 2024
The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “Presidents’ Day.” The Encyclopaedia Britannica. Britannica.com, 3 Jan. 2024, www.britannica.com/topic/Presidents-Day. Accessed 9 Feb. 2024

First celebrated in the 1880s as a celebration of George Washington, Presidents’ Day was the first federal holiday to honor an individual’s date of birth and was originally called Washington’s Birthday. 

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved several federal holidays to Mondays. This was designed to allow workers several long weekends throughout the year. With the holiday now falling every third Monday of February, it often occurred near both Washington’s (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln’s (12 February) birthdays, and the holiday became a celebration of both of them. The holiday is also sometimes seen as a celebration of all U.S. presidents.

Public events are held in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the anniversary, such as a wreath-laying ceremony at the Washington Monument and a proclamation from the president. The long weekend is also widely used by individuals to vacation or spend time with friends and family. In addition, celebrations and events are frequently organized by organizations and schools to inform the public about the origins and significance of the holiday. 

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributor
Merrigan Riggs, Reporter
My name is Merrigan Riggs. I am a freshman at Westerville South, and I participate in Chess Club and theater. I am a voracious reader who enjoys writing. I can't wait to bring my skills to The Scribe.

Comments (0)

All The Scribe Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *