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Sophomore coat of arms banner celebrates class identity

The Class of 2021 presented their class banner, which features a crest in their class colors of ink blue, dewberry, sheer pink and fairest jade, on Feb. 25. 

The crest is split into four quadrants, each representing an aspect of the Class of 2021.

 The dewberry quadrant contains a book that reads, “today is where our book begins,” a line from their class song, “Unwritten,” by Natasha Bedingfield.

The jade quadrant displays a rocket shooting out of a book. The ink blue quadrant represents their innovative spirit and drive to reach new heights, even in the most difficult conditions. 

Finally, the light pink section shows their commitment to working together to fight for social justice and support each other as women. The Class of 2021 has been planning their banner presentation since late September. 

In mid-October, Council opened the invitation to allow all students to submit potential ideas or designs they may have for their class banner, and they voted for their favorite.

Communications representative Tommie ’21 was the leader of banner construction committee.

“The banner is represented by our class colors,” Tommie said. “We deviate from tradition a lot, and actually went with four colors, so that is why we have four quadrants in the banner.” 

10th Grade Dean Jenna Corliss helped create the banner. She split the grade into three groups to figure out what color background they wanted and what groups students wanted to be in.

The three groups were banner construction, video and polo and mugs design.

“Everyone in the class was involved in this some way. Some people really stepped up and played major roles and some played minor roles in their committees.” Corliss said.

Corliss said she believes that the banner presentation has helped the class come together. 

“There were so many people that were involved, from the designer to the people who went with me to the embroidery store to pick exactly what color thread we were going to use,” Corliss said. “I had people who helped me write the script, I had Micah write her speech.We had people who played in the band. There were probably 30 10th graders who really stepped up.”

After the presentation, Tommie said she felt the class should be proud not only of their banner, but also of their passion for the project. 

“We were very proud of our presentation,” Tommie said. “We were happy with how the banner  turned out, and glad our hard work came to flourish.”

Corliss said it was nice so many students wanted to participate in the tradition, addding that she was able to get to know the class much better through their hard work. 

“I learned a lot about what people in the class can do,” Corliss said. “I didn’t know that certain students could sew or play the piano, so it was really cool to celebrate our talents. I do think the tradition of being up on stage, singing the song and making a banner that is going to last forever is going to help the class remember 10th grade and the friendships that they had.”

Ashley Myers-Turner, Contributing Photographer

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