RPCS Winter Sports Recap

By Marsie Salvatori ’17

Heading into March and the start of spring sports, our RPCS winter sports teams have wrapped up their seasons. The swim team had an impressive undefeated season and took home the B Conference championships for the first time in school history! This was an important goal for the team after receiving the runner-up plaque for the past three years. The RPCS swim team beat second-place Bryn Mawr by 147 points, and absolutely dominated the meet.

The Varsity Basketball team had another successful season, starting off with a victory over Ossining High School, the 5th ranked team in the country. They completed a winning season, only losing conference games to St. Frances and McDonogh. After defeating John Carroll in the quarter final game, Roland Park fought hard in the semi-final game against McDonogh, but lost it in the fourth quarter. Many Roland Park students and faculty attended the game to cheer on the new RPCS basketball graduates, Liz Schlerf and Jeydah Johnson, as well as the rest of the team.

Indoor Track had a young team this year but many juniors stepped up as leaders. The team was bigger than usual, as many new runners tried out for the team. Due to this, many freshmen runners tried new jumps that were not completed by the RPCS track team in previous years. At the end of the season, many runners qualified for IAAM Championships and the team placed 3rd overall.

Indoor soccer had a tough season this year, as they recently moved from the B Conference to the A Conference. Despite their tough schedule, the indoor soccer team worked hard and finished out the season with a positive attitude.

Finally, Varsity Squash proved their abilities by winning almost every IAAM match. Besides one loss to Bryn Mawr (who RPCS had beaten earlier in the season) the squash team dominated the IAAM Conference. Over the weekend of February 10th, the top eight varsity players travelled to Connecticut for Squash Nationals. There, the team won many upset matches and ended up finishing sixth in the 3rd division. This is an impressive accomplishment at a national tournament, as there are seven divisions overall. Congratulations again to all of the winter sports teams for finishing out their seasons!

An Open Letter to the Other 11 Months of the Year

By Julia Schoenberg ’18

Every year, the month of February is dedicated to the celebration of Black History in America. Originating in 1926, Carter G. Woodson designated the second week of February “Negro History Week”, coinciding with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Woodson, a graduate of both the University of Chicago and Harvard University, aimed to highlight not the victimization of blacks throughout history, but rather how they positively contributed to society. Similarly, Woodson believed that educating the white public on African American history could clarify racial misconceptions.

Exactly 50 years later in 1976, Negro History Week was extended to a month, formally recognized by the then president, Gerald Ford. Every year since then, Black History month has stood as a reminder of the indelible contributions that African American men and women have had on our society. From Madam C. J. Walker’s impact on the employment of black women to Bessie Coleman’s feat of being the first American with an international pilot’s license, February is meant to celebrate a courageous, though often under represented history.

I’ve always been slightly uncomfortable with the idea of minorities having designated months, as if to suggest that the other 11 months of the year are not as accepting of their cultures. While I know that this is not the true intent of social movements like Black History Month, my ambivalence stems from a place of curiosity. I have grown up in a society that is rather indifferent toward cultural recognition, it is not looked down upon, nor is it the center of attention. Black History Month is mentioned, maybe even discussed briefly, but the true goal of Carter G. Woodson, to educate students and adults on the historical contributions of African American individuals is not achieved.

Black History Month, however, is not solely about highlighting the achievements of black people. It is a reminder to our society that our passion for diversity and our standards for racial, religious, and cultural acceptance cannot waver. All over the news we hear about President Trump’s immigration ban. We are living in a world where certain people are rejected because of their ethnicity. Because of this, it is more crucial than ever that we celebrate the diverse nation that we are so privileged to live in. We cannot settle for simply an announcement or reminder the February is Black History Month. We need to be informed and we need to be discussing how we can further create an environment that does not only claim to accept all, but which actions reflect so as well.

White History Month. It sounds unnatural, ironic, and almost offensive. White History Month does not exist because the accomplishments of white Americans are celebrated every day. Then why is it that in 2017 we still believe it is sufficient to relegate centuries of accomplishments into one month? Shouldn’t one group of Americans receive the same recognition as another? Black History Month serves as a reminder of the accomplishments of Black Americans; a demographic of people without whom our country would not be the same. My hope for the future isn’t to abolish Black History Month in hopes that it will be seen as just as impactful as “white history”. My hope is that we will eventually live in a world where the race, gender, or religion of its contributors does not label history, but rather the uniting characteristic that we all share: American.