By Crystal Rivera
The 2018-2019 End-of-the-Year rally introduced this year’s newest Fab Five members who plan to create a more unifying and exciting environment for students, staff, and everyone in between. As the year progresses, the Fab Five members, Seniors Vance Johnson, Charlene Miciano, Jesse Mortiz, Vincenzo Cassola, Kennedy Boos, and Joey Hoke, are developing plans that will provide students and administration with a more respectful and exciting school year.
As a team, these members were selected to represent the characteristic traits that create the acronym P.R.I.D.E: Passion, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence. As Johnson explained, “I'm the “P” for passion. The other letters are “R” for Respect, that’s Vinny (Vincenzo Cassola), “I” for Integrity, that's Kennedy (Boos), “D” for Determination, that’s Jesse (Moritz), “E” for Excellence, that’s Charlene (Miciano), and then the exclamation point is Joey (Hoke), who is the honorary member.” Each member develops and utilizes their unique skills as a way to unify students from all grade levels, and establish a deeper level of friendship with students who may feel left out. Miciano stated that she and the team plan to not only “hype up the crowd during our student section at every single one of our athletic events,” but to act as familiar faces around the school and “ensure that everyone feels like they have a friend on campus.” The team strives to help students feel included in all school activities and performances, and to encourage everyone to show respect and kindness towards one another. In the end, Miciano was excited to be a part of a team that brings people together. She stated, “There's no disconnect between, like, seniors and different grade levels, I just think that it’s really unifying and it feels good to feel like you’re a part of something.” With these ideas, they are moving towards a better future for the school.
Although they could have stopped at five members to represent the school, the team has decided to add another member who has an important role in encouraging others to be themselves. There is an honorary student this year, Hoke, who represents Pumas with special needs. “I think each individual member of the Fab Five has something unique to them and it shows how inclusive we are on campus, so by bringing Joey in, he represents a part of campus that the rest of us can’t really represent. It just gives light on the fact that our school is the most inclusive school in the district and we don’t discriminate against abilities,” Miciano added.
For the time being, the team has made plans that they believe will influence not only the students in a positive manner, but the staff as well. Johnson stated, “The Fab Five this year is gonna be taking part in basketball games and volleyball games, which it [sic] hasn't [sic] done before, and we’re basically just trying to be at more [events] all around.” For the first time this year, the Fab Five team is developing a campaign where responsibilities are being taken care of, such as making school and all extracurricular activities more enjoyable for students and staff. The team members are working hard every day, striving towards the concept of making a positive impact on anyone who steps on school grounds.