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Honoring Brooks Argento: “Brooks Breaks”

By Cora Beyer

Current Events Editor

“Brooks Argento fully lived, authentically and completely present,” said Joy Krosse, close friend of the Argento family.

This idea seemed to be repeated over and over again at the memorial service held for Brooks Argento Saturday, September 22. It was a common theme as friends and family got up to speak about Argento and the fond memories they have of him.

After a two-year battle with cancer, Brooks Argento passed away on September 18, 2018. It is evident that Argento touched many lives with his vibrant personality.

As a high school student, Argento used his unique gifts to brighten students’ days with “Hall Talks” on the televised announcements. On the football field, he displayed his ability to challenge the limits and bring a team together. In everyday life, he set a positive example as he treated each person with respect and kindness.

In addition to all of that, as shown by many of the stories shared on that Saturday, he turned every moment into one of fun and enjoyment.

An especially memorable speech shared by Joy Krosse, dealt with a newly invented concept called “Brooks Breaks.”

The speech began by describing a time that Argento attended an event with Krosse’s family. The kids were sitting around a campfire sharing their personal successes with various video games when Brooks added his own comment.

“Brooks leaned in and slowly said, “When I was your age I won a ton of times at this game called playing outside,”’ said Krosse.

When the family returned home, this line stuck with them and they decided to turn it into something positive to implement into daily life.

“We decided to honor him [Brooks] by creating what we call our Brooks Break. We set aside a sacred space where no devices or screens are allowed,” said Krosse.

This idea is one that not only memorializes Argento and what he stood for as a person, but has a positive impact on our lives today.

Student Ambassadors Invite More Members

By Sandra Phan

Staff Writer

Anyone entering high school experiences excitement from starting a new chapter of their lives, but the nervousness and anxiety about meeting and making new friends can’t be avoided.

The intimidation and stress new students feel is the catalyst for the creation of student ambassadors. Adviser Ms.Erika Main’s current vision for this club is for 10th through 12th graders who want to be more involved to provide a safe and friendly group of fellow peers for the students.

The student ambassador club members “welcome students without being front and center,” like sitting with new students during lunch or checking in with new students. Club members make posters and act as positive and friendly role models.

“We’re a school of 1,500,” Ms. Main said, “but you see the same 50 kids doing everything.”

She wants this club to be an opportunity for more students to get involved with the school. Currently, seven students have joined and are in the homeroom. Students already in a homeroom can still participate as long as they can make themselves available when needed. Students who have the time to contribute to this club are wanted.

When asked about future plans for student ambassadors, Ms. Main said, “The future is open.”

She said that she can see a collaborative relationship with other existing clubs that may need help with events, jokingly saying that student ambassadors would be “for hire.” The direction of the club would depend on the needs of the students, but the sole purpose is to be a safe and friendly group.

To students considering being a part of student ambassadors, Ms. Main said. “If you’re not really involved, but want to be, give this a try.”

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