Student voice

Pride takes many shapes. Many people wear it for everyone to see, whether it's yellow and black lions emblazoned on bare chests with body paint, bright orange shirts and hoodies reading 'I love my tribe'in bold black letters or raucous cheers of support.

Pride is not always a bold, loud thing. In fact, sometimes the most powerful kind of pride is the one that quietly, gently grows from the inside, like that of a musician successfully playing a beautiful cadenza.

Last month, the Scappoose and St. Helens football teams brought back the tradition of the Seven Mile War, and the Indians saw victory, winning 43-25.

At the game, there were many things I witnessed from my seat with the SHS band that made me proud of my community. As the Scappoose band was playing, audience members from St. Helens were dancing and singing the words to their songs. There were two fans, one clad in yellow and one in orange, sitting side-by-side, talking and laughing throughout the entirety of the game.

And, most importantly, there was camaraderie from the two football teams. When the game was over, it didn't seem to matter that the boys had just been put head-to-head. Their rivalry ended with the game, and they stepped from the field as friends once again, letting their conflict go.

If the players could let the conflict end, why couldn't the students and fans?

Before, during and after the game, there were Scappoose and St. Helens students and fans jeering at students and parents of the opposing team. I saw a boy dressed in a Lions costume being hassled in the bathroom by a group of football players from the middle school, and there were confrontations involving high school students pushing, shoving and arguing throughout the rest of the weekend, including a fight at the Muchas Gracias Mexican restaurant in St. Helens.

Even from where I was sitting, the jeering was unbelievable from both sides. Scappoose students and fans were yelling at the St. Helens fans, telling them to go home, back where they 'belong,' while St. Helens supporters yelled back, also wielding words as weapons.

William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, once said, 'humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire,' and he was absolutely right.

Be humble when it comes to pride. We all make ourselves look foolish if we don't.

STUDENT VOICE is a new editorial feature that showcases a Scappoose High School student's opinions on topics of his or her choice. The participating students are on staff at the high school's student newspaper, The Candle.

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