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See You at the Pole: Wednesday, September 26

Julya Socoteanu, Business manager

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See You at the Pole began in 1990 in Burleson, Texas when 10 students, feeling burdened for their classmates, met at the flagpole of their school. They prayed for their teachers, the students, and their country as a whole. Christian conference groups and organizations liked the idea and called the event “See You at the Pole”. By September 11, 1991, around 1 million students gathered at their school all over America to pray. Today, students gather every year on the fourth Wednesday of September to pray at their school. The tradition is practiced in all 50 states and 20 different countries.

In the past, schools such as South Floyd High School in 2006 have tried to deny students’ rights to meet. However, the Supreme Court ruled that the event was protected by free speech rights. The Tinker vs Des Moines Community School District case protects students’ freedom of speech and decided it was constitutional for students to be allowed to host their own events. However, it is decidedly unconstitutional for the school to either promote or discourage the event. Sometimes, a pastor or parents may participate and help organize.

Regarding See You at the Pole, Hope Haney, a junior in the band, StuCo, Leader’s Core, and National Honors Society, says, “It is important for Christian students to participate in coming together to pray for their school and their nation. It shows they care deeply about the people around them.” On Wednesday, September 26, Spring Hill High School students met at the flagpole by the field. Seniors Joe Frank and Richard Matkin led the group in prayer. Students also met at the junior high and intermediate. The only student to pray at the primary school was Maylee Williams along with her mom. See You at the Pole is a way for students to lift up their school and their classmates.

 

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Julya Socoteanu, Marketing Manager

Name: Julya Socoteanu

Grade and Graduating Year: Sophomore, 2021

Position on Paper: Marketing Editor

Year’s on Staff: 1

Extra Curriculars: UIL Academics, Student Council

Hobbies: Cheer, singing

College / Career Plans: Attending Texas A&M University, becoming an oncologist

Fun Fact: I have 8 siblings

Favorite Food: Orange Chicken

Favorite Aspect of Newspaper: Writing stories and taking pictures

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