By Emily Wei, Columnist
Just like clockwork, another month has come and gone. That means that, just like clockwork, another one of our “Out of the West” columns will be available to all of our amazing readers in the community! I am sure that for a lot of you, your year is just starting to kick off, but for us at Halifax West, not only has our year started, but we are also preparing ourselves for the end of it! All of us students came into high school in grade 10 with people saying that the next 3 years of our lives would pass by in the blink of an eye but none of us believed them until now. However, it is not time to get nostalgic or sentimental now because we still have 3 whole months left to make this school year just as, if not more, memorable than all the ones before.
February was Black History Month but we weren’t quite ready to just let the spirit go and UMOJA organized an African Heritage Month Spirit Week during the first week of March. This spirit week consisted of themes such as; PanAfrican colours, music, and traditional wear. It was a great way to not only come to an end of Black History Month but also keep the acceptance and education going. Following this week, we had a week of 3 vs 3 basketball tournaments hosted by the Sports Promotions Committee. All of the money raised by these tournaments went towards Head for a Cure for cancer research.
Of course we had a momentary interlude for March break from March 14-18 but this was just a quick week to recharge for the coming activities! Like I mentioned at the beginning, it is already time to start preparing for the next school year which is why we are now searching for our next CoPresidents. This year’s Presidents, Aisha Sulyman and Desmond Eboigbe, have been nothing but exemplary and they will be leaving big shoes to fill. All the candidates have already submitted their applications so now we just have to wait until April. 6-7 for the election! Unless of course you’re an avid reader of this column as your primary source of information, which in that case means you’ll unfortunately be on a cliff hanger until our next column comes out in May! Similar to the Olympics being held in February at Halifax West, this year another tradition has also returned. This tradition being the mascot showdown! This event is a great way for multiple schools in Nova Scotia to come together and compete to see who has the best mascot and school spirit! It involves a dance routine with the mascot themself as well as some background dancers and a video created by student government. Although it is not until May, we have started to prepare and are determined to let our school spirit shine through all the others!
There is so much to look forward to for the coming month but especially Halifax West’s 17th annual Head for a Cure! This is a huge event that the volunteerism committee takes months to prepare to raise money for cancer research. This year it will be on April. 20th and you might even see us on television if you tune into the right channel! The goal this year is to raise $6000 and we appreciate all donations, big or small. Even if you would like to donate, you can find the link on @ weststudentgov’s instagram page!
And on that note, it’s that time of the day again where this column has come to a close. If you have been a reader of ours from the start of the school year, thank you for staying up to date with our local high school. On the other hand, if you have just stumbled across this column, welcome and I hope I drew you in enough to want to come back next month!