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Youth feel dispassionate, unheard in politics

Students, staff share their thoughts on high schoolers’ involvement in politics

Although today’s tense political climate may feel distant to high school students, junior Kaci Freeman said politics is a more important issue than many youth perceive. 

Participating in politics is an essential way for students to fight for causes they believe in because it gives them a space to share their voice, Freeman said.

Students participate in one of the government classes held at HHS. (Photo by Lindsey Steel)

Getting involved in things you care about is important,” Freeman said. “It shows who you are and helps you meet new people and develop a sense of self.”

Freeman said she has been involved in politics since she participated in a Title Nine school walkout, protesting against the prevention of transgender individuals from joining the military.

I was kind of upset after the walkout because I felt like [the protest did not] really do anything,” Freeman said. “But my parents and friends told me that it did help, and it showed how much support we had at the school.” 

Principal Greg Giglio said it is important for students to participate in politics however they can, especially through voting.

Voting is a part of being a citizen, and it is encouraged on campus, although it is not forced for those who are not ready, Giglio said. 

However, junior Kimia Hekmatnejad said she believes age restricts students from voting, with many students’ ineligibility to vote to prevent them from sharing their voice in government, Hekmatnejad said.

“Students can definitely attend protests or convince their parents to vote in a specific way, but ultimately youth are not empowered to participate in politics,” Hekmatnejad said. “[However,] as long as I keep up with data and know what’s going on in politics, I will be able to make educated decisions later on.”

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Parth Dhaulakhandi
Parth Dhaulakhandi, Arts & Culture Editor
Parth is a sophomore, and he is currently one of the Arts & Culture editors. He looks forward to teaching the new reporters about The Epitaph and getting to work with them. In his free time, Parth likes to write, watch Ninjago, do math, code and play piano. He also enjoys viewing science videos by content creators such as Veritasium, Kurzgesagt, Action Lab, PBS Space Time and Crash Course.
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Lindsey Steel, Opinion Editor
Lindsey is a senior and is excited to be an Opinion editor this year. As a third-year staffer, she is looking forward to not only sharing her own views but also amplifying voices across campus. Outside of The Epitaph, she enjoys re-watching "Modern Family" and going to the beach.
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Veronica Zhao is a junior and is an Arts & Culture and Multimedia editor for The Epitaph. In her second year on the paper, she is looking forward to staying involved in the HHS community by writing engaging and proactive articles. Aside from The Epitaph, Veronica enjoys journalling and trying new boba places.

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