South focuses on R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Caroline Stoll, Editor

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On Aug. 16 civil rights activist and queen of soul Aretha Franklin died. Her impact and talent in music will long be remembered; just as, her hit song “Respect”, which serves as a reminder to us of something we often forget.  

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me…” couldn’t be more appropriate for Wildcats this year.  As part of the Wildcat P.R.I.D.E. program this year, perseverance, respect, integrity, dependability, and encouragement will be a focus for all South students.

Respect traditionally means being polite and courteous to others, but there are many ways we as students can apply it and be respectful.

Respect means showing up to games, matches, and meets even if your best friend isn’t playing. All Westerville athletes work really hard everyday to improve and compete to the best of their ability; and the least, we, as students can do is show up and support each other. Cheering for our fellow classmates not only creates a positive atmosphere, but it also helps motivate the athletes.

Respect also means valuing the arts and all the hours students involved in choir, band, orchestra, marching band, or theater, put in to perfecting their craft. These students spend their time creating shows or concerts to entertain us. Their work inspires and moves us, so going to their events not only supports them, but can benefit us.

Respect means knowing that people are going to have different opinions than you and that is okay. We are all different people with different stories; and quite frankly, the world would be a very boring place if we all agreed on everything.  Have different views and have debates, but realize that it is not about winning the argument, but rather gaining a broader perspective on the topic.

Respect means helping each other grow as people, instead of bringing each other down. It also means learning from our mistakes and always striving to help each other move forward.

Respect means understanding  that people are very busy and finding time between  friends, family, homework, and extracurriculars can oftentimes be a challenge.  However, saying things like “nobody cares about that” or “it’s a waste of my time” are not okay.

Respect means taking pride in not only your school, but also your fellow students. Congratulate them on their wins, and stand by them through their losses. In other words, be there for each other.

As Aretha Franklin once said, “All I’m asking for is a little respect!”