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The Ambition of Allie Akers

Sophomore, Staff Writer | Maryn Leonard

“Money is a smokescreen – a distraction from the real problem.” Allie Akers tells me about her viewpoint on the current climate of politics. She believes that money has corrupted justice with greed and dishonesty. Allie believes that these flaws can be solved by someone who desires change and is determined to do their part in solving the problem. Ambition is a strong force in Allie’s life. She has a desire to win and be at the top. Allie Akers is determined to one day become the President of the United States.

Allie learned about ambition after loosing something she loved. Allison Akers loves horses. As long as she can remember she’s always loved the animal, and desired her own. Amazingly, Allie was leased a horse named Jerome. She’s been showing in horse competitions for more than seven years now, but finally she had her own horse to train and compete with. Not a month before her big competition, Jerome was sold away to a different family, completely crushing Allie. “I was out of control, he wasn’t mine, I couldn’t do anything to keep him.” Allie explains about how she felt helpless in her situation. This was a moment where Allie knew that she desired to be at the top, to control her own situations and avoid painful loss.

Top help her deal with her loses, Allie turned to her role model. The greatest role models in our lives are the ones who inspire us to be our best and share with us the tools and tricks to accomplishing our goals. For Allie her greatest role model is her own mother. Her mother offers her advice and helps guide her through life, “It’s really nice to have someone be there for you no matter who you are or what you look like,” Allie says about her mother. Her mother has taught her some very important skills such as how to present and speak publicly, how to stay motivated, and not to immerse herself into drama. This has all led to Allie’s desire to one day be the president. Allie’s mother raised her so that Allie could have whatever political opinion she desires. This has helped Allie’s political opinion grow as well as her love for politics.

Politics has always been something that Allie really loves. She is passionate about equality, justice and has a strong desire to enforce her beliefs. Allie loves  law and wants to one day become an environmental lawyer before she conquers the United States and becomes president. For a while now Allie has been a part of Durham County Teen Court and Restitution Program. Allie works as a prosecutor for misdemeanors committed by teens in Durham. “Teen Court has been an amazing opportunity to practice what I love in a real world setting,” Allie says regarding Teen Court. There are also competitions she attends to face off against other counties. It can be described as the beginnings of becoming a real life lawyer.

Allie’s ambition has driven her to work extremely hard in Teen Court and other situations to better set herself up for the future she wants to uphold. She’s got a majority of her life mapped out. She knows what she wants and she’s going to fight to get it. Allie wants to grow up and be a lawyer and eventually, a politician to fight for the ideals she thinks are important. Her ideals feed her ambition and propel er further into her quest for success, “Never give up on hope, keep fighting,” she said is a motto she hopes to one day tell her grandchildren. Allie knows what she wants out of her future, she knows what she’s fighting for, but this doesn’t mean it will all be smooth sailing. Allie has learned from her mother and from the loss of her horse that setbacks can come at any turn. Her determination and true motivation is what will set her apart and help her fulfill her ambition to become a great politician and crusader for justice. The ambition that fuels her future is a defining part of what makes up Allie.

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Should the confederate flag be banned from schools?

 Staff Writer, Allie Akers
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NC schools ban ‘racially intimidating’ clothing amid Confederate flag controversy. (2017, June 13). Retrieved September 07, 2017, from http://eagnews.org/nc-schools-ban-racially-intimidating-clothing-amid-confederate-flag-controversy/

Should the Confederate flag be banned from schools? This is a topic that has always caused a lot of controversy, but it has recently made headlines following events in Charlottesville this past July. The debate centers around the question: Is this a violation of the first amendment? Also, is the flag a symbol of oppression or a symbol of heritage? Most recently, all Durham County Public Schools have banned the Confederate flag from the dress code. Other local schools, such as Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County, have already banned clothing featuring the flag. Some argue that banning the flag only causes more debate and protest than before. Others counter argue that it prevents distractions and conflict, by not allowing symbols that many people see as a threat. However, due to the current political climate, this is not an issue that can be ignored.Voyager Academy has been facing this question and, as of this writing, has not made a decision. The Viking Tide asked some Voyager High Schoolers on which route they think Voyager should take and why. “No, I don’t see the issue (in banning the flag). The reason behind this is, when I see the Confederate flag, I think of the hate it brought my people in America,” says Madison Carter, a sophomore. “Students would be mad because they think you’re violating their right to expression,” said Kyla Crooks, sophomore. Shawn Sullivan, another sophomore, states: “I don’t think they should ban it because I’ve never seen it. If they ban it, it would only bring attention to it… There’s more history to a confederate flag than a KKK symbol, like that would be a different story.”

This brings us to the legal questions of banning the flag on campuses. Is banning the Confederate flag in schools violating the first amendment? There have been several cases of this brought to court, including Castorina ex rel. Rewt vs. Madison County school Bd., Bethel School District No. 403 vs. Fraser, and several others. However, in the end, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that schools banning students wearing clothing that shows the Confederate flag does not violate the first amendment. In civics class at Voyager, the students had to do an assignment on taking notes of a video on the Tinker vs. Des Moines case.

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Agiesta, J. (2015, July 02). Poll: Majority sees Confederate flag as Southern pride – CNNPolitics. Retrieved September 07, 2017, from http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/02/politics/confederate-flag-poll-racism-southern-pride/index.html

In July of 2015, following the murder of nine African Americans in a South Carolina church by white supremacist Dylann Roof, CNN took a poll to see what viewers thought of the Confederate flag. The questions was whether one saw the flag as a sign of racism or “Southern pride.” As results poured in, the final numbers showed 33% felt it was racist and 57% believed that it was a sign of Southern pride. CNN says that, “The poll shows that 57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism, about the same as in 2000 when 59% said they viewed it as a symbol of pride.” Even following the Far Right march in Charlottesville, 43 percent of Americans polled still believe it’s a symbol of pride, compared with 38 percent who view it as a symbol of racism, according to an August 2017 Economist/YouGov poll. A Reuters poll, also from August, agreed with those findings, and stated that 54 percent of people said Confederate monuments should remain in public spaces, versus 27 percent that believe they should be removed. Both polls find responses split along party lines. In the end, it’s the people’s choice whether the Confederate flag shall remain in schools or be banned.

 

Agiesta, J. (2015, July 02). Poll: Majority sees Confederate flag as Southern pride – CNNPolitics. Retrieved September 07, 2017, from http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/02/politics/confederate-flag-poll-racism-southern-pride/index.html

NC schools ban ‘racially intimidating’ clothing amid Confederate flag controversy. (2017, June 13). Retrieved September 07, 2017, from http://eagnews.org/nc-schools-ban-racially-intimidating-clothing-amid-confederate-flag-controversy/

Confederate flag in school and free speech (October 2016 School Leader Update). (n.d.). Retrieved September 07, 2017, from https://www.educateiowa.gov/resources/laws-and-regulations/legal-lessons/first-amendment/confederate-flag-school-and-free-speech

Willets, S. (2017, August 28). Durham Public Schools Ban Confederate Flags, Other Divisive Symbols. Retrieved September 07, 2017, from https://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2017/08/24/durham-public-schools-ban-confederate-flags-other-divisive-symbols

Volokh, E. (2015, September 21). Opinion | The Confederate flag, the First Amendment and public schools. Retrieved September 07, 2017, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/09/21/the-confederate-flag-the-first-amendment-and-public-schools/?utm_term=.a9c21e480fe0

Kahn, C. (2017, August 21). A majority of Americans want to preserve Confederate monuments: Reuters/Ipsos poll. Retrieved September 07, 2017, from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-protests-poll/a-majority-of-americans-want-to-preserve-confederate-monuments-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKCN1B12EG

Frankovic, K. (n.d.). Trump’s domestic crisis: Charlottesville and white nationalists. Retrieved September 07, 2017, from https://today.yougov.com/news/2017/08/16/trumps-domestic-crisis-charlottesville-and-white-n/?belboon=031b3908984b04d39400589a%2C4711850%2Csubid&pdl.rlid=203577