Wednesday, September 27,
marked the See You at the
Pole global day of student
Thousands of students
around the nation gathered
around flagpoles on their
school’s campus to pray
before the ring of the first
bell. Starting in 1990 in
Texas, the event
encourages teens of all ages
to join together and pray for the nation, their schools, and each other. Some students sang, some read scripture, but most importantly they prayed. While the event is organized and led by students, there is some adult participation. At Roxana, several teachers and administrators joined to worship and pray alongside students.
The Baptist General Convention of Texas in Dallas, Texas, owns the trademark for the “See You at the Pole” event and name. Within the first few years, it began to spread to other nations through missionaries from the U.S. Now, more than 3 million students from all over the world participate in See You at the Pole. Student Discipleship Ministries in Burleson, Texas, publicizes and promotes it every year. Based in San Diego, the National Network of Youth Ministries coordinates the media and promotional advertisements. In the midst of tragedy and heart break in the world, we find hope in the prayers and support of the student body.
Coming Together as One by Bailey Sharpmack, Staff Writer
Those of you who drive to school may have noticed the Moped phenomenon happening. Those who have missed it, there is something you may want to witness occurring in the student parking lot.
This is the first time in Roxana history that a group has come together as Moped enthusiasts. Tyler Svoboda was the first moped owner, and soon after there were many others who decided to join him in his Moped adventure. These Moped owners take the initiative to meet before school, so they can ride into school together. They call themselves the “Shell’s Angels.” This name surfaced when Mr. Gowen jokingly mentioned it to one of the members. “Shell Angels” suddenly became a name heard around the hallways.
If a Moped is not a mode of transportation that you have ever considered, the “Shells Angles” may change your mind. The cost of a Moped is relatively inexpensive compared to purchasing a car or truck. What’s even more appealing is the economical gas mileage. A Moped can get as much as sixty miles per gallon. If you live in Roxana, you could travel to and from school for less than five dollars a week. If Mr. Dandurand allowed shared parking, you could park in almost any spot with as many as five other mopeds. Parking options become more available with the two wheeled transportation.
Like other motorcycle clubs and groups of individuals, there is a sense of camaraderie when joining together to ride in a pack. Not only is there fellowship in riding together, you can also create a sense of style. The Shells Angels are easily identifiable when you see them riding in wearing Roxana letterman jackets.
Will the phenomenon continue in Roxana? With the weather getting cooler and the potential for inclement weather, there are obvious downsides to the open air transportation. If you don’t see the caravan this winter, we may see a return in the spring. Who knows...maybe the group will grow larger in 2018.