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HOORAY FOR CHELSEA MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL!

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I was recently so impressed by the important precedent set by Michigan's Chelsea High School. This year, they have chosen to replace the annual homecoming queen title with an excellence award instead. This change resulted from the high school’s 2016 #WhyYouMatter campaign. The new award will be open to all students regardless of gender. Drew Vanderspool, president of the Student Council, wrote in a letter, “Responses to the change have mostly been positive, though some students who were hoping to be named homecoming queen are disappointed.” 

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A YOUNG WOMAN ON A FIERCE CROSS-COUNTRY MISSION

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Yanise Ho, originally from Hong Kong, has defied multiple cultural and gender expectations by traveling across the United States with nothing but a forty-three-pound backpack and a pair of rollerblades. According to MSN News, this twenty-three-year-old hopes to verify female empowerment and prove there is more good in the world than we think. 

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FROM DARK TO LIGHT: A SHIFT IN AWARENESS FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

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A Pennsylvania grand jury recently delivered its account of rampant abuse that involved 1,000 children, 300 priests, and 70 years of silence or denial from the Catholic Church. According to an Associated Press article on August 16, 2018, Pope Francis expressed shame and sorrow and stated he wanted to eradicate this “tragic horror.” 

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CHOICES OF THE HEART

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Joline Gutierrez Krueger, who wrote "Trading Stones of Hate for Stones of Heart" for the Albuquerque Journal, reported on the vandalism that stunned the North Fourth neighborhood. At least four businesses owned by, or catering to, the Hispanic or immigrant communities had glass windows and doors shattered by rocks. Hand-scrawled notes written on the rocks referred to the “Mexican mafia” and the wish for God to kill its members.

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JOY JUNCTION

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When I read about Joy Junction, a homeless shelter established in Albuquerque in 1986, I knew immediately that this was a remarkable story. The recent death of founder Jeremy Reynalds saddened many people, yet at the same time, they also felt such gratitude for his extraordinary presence and the exceptional differences he made in so many people’s lives.

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