This Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the first official observation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. During his celebrated 1957 "Conquering Self-Centeredness" speech Dr. King famously said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others’?” Last Sunday, T.F. South teacher Mozella Brown went on a mission trip sponsored by Lifetime Memory to help build a vocational school in the Dominican Republic. District 215 Superintendent Creg E. Williams was selected as a 2014 honoree for the Chicago Defender’s Men of Excellence induction class for his commitment to excellence and dedication to serving the community. T.F. North senior Alexandria Abraham was chosen as a runner-up (among hundreds of entries from other teens across the city and suburbs) for the Walgreens Expressions Challenge contest for her poem “Legs," which she used as a platform to speak to other teens about sexual responsibility and rape.
Our students will also celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with various assignments and activities. On Thursday at T.F. North, students formed a human chain along school hallways while they listened to a presentation that included Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. At T.F. South, an excerpt from the “I Have a Dream” speech will be read over the public announcement system and government students will complete essays that evaluate how Dr. King helped promote the concept of a dream deferred and the state of his dream today. One essay will be selected to kick off the school’s Black History Month activities on Feb. 3.
In other district news, T.F. South is hosting a Throwback Thursday-themed event at the boys basketball game versus Bremen on Jan. 23 in the old gym. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. The annual Athletic Boosters/Copper Muggers Pancake Breakfast will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Jan. 25 in the T.F. South cafeteria. This family-friendly event costs $5 per person.
Congratulations to the 10 students from the T.F. South music program who were selected to participate in the St. Xavier University High School Honor Band. This weeklong event, which culminated with a joint concert featuring the honor band and the St. Xavier University Wind Ensemble, was open to talented high school musicians throughout the area. The names of the 10 students chosen for this honor are Emily Henning, Haley Henning, Emmanuel Hernandez, Kristian Black, William Saunders, Daniela Salas, Brandon Washington, Tommy Beckford, Danni Berrien, and Will Farlow.