Beauty beyond social norms

By DaNySha Hudson

Staff Writer

Junior Donavon Coleman says beauty has different aspects.

“Beauty to me is how you carry yourself, along with confidence and being yourself.” Coleman said.

To Coleman, social norms are unavoidable. Coleman thinks everyone wants to follow each other nowadays and that people don’t have parental guidance, so they watch television to get an idea of what’s the trend that’ll give them a pass to fitting in.

“Everyone just wants to be Instagram or Twitter famous. The upcoming generation don’t really get to value morals and being themselves,” Coleman said.

Coleman strives to encourage those who aren’t confident in themselves. Seeing insecure people around him causes him to want to spread the word on the importance of loving yourself.

“People say being conceited is a bad thing. I don’t think so because that’s a form of caring for yourself,” Coleman said.

Some good-looking people come with flaws that are more meaningful than looks, so Coleman prefers to glamorize uniqueness.

“Even if someone isn’t socially accepted as beautiful, if you show that you have confidence, then that overrules everything,” Coleman said.

Coleman has experienced people mistaking him for an overconfident person who doesn’t speak to others because he think he’s better than them. Coleman does not believe this is true and wants to set the record straight.

“People overlook things on me. No one wants to get to know me. They judge me off my appearance,” Coleman said, “but that’s a human instinct. It only take seven seconds for someone to get a first impression on you.”

Coleman wants everyone to know you should be comfortable with who you are in this world because it is constantly changing. It may be challenging, but with the help of your guardian, school staff members and most importantly, yourself, Coleman said, the change won’t affect you.

Senior Vanice Coulter doesn’t believe beauty should matter because beauty is temporary. Coulter believes in caring for others, putting in 100 percent for who you are and what you want to be, and laying out your values.

However, although a person may have the right idea of what should matter the most, there are still chances of falling victim to a social norm.

Coulter fell victim to wanting long hair because having long hair has recently been in style.

As a biracial student who has lived in places that weren’t so diverse, Coulter has faced questions and expectations.

“The black kids would ask why my hair is so curly, and the white kids would ask me why there are barrettes in my hair and why can’t I do my hair like their hair, ” Coulter said.

As years went by, she was convinced straight hair was the way to go. That caused damage to her natural, curly hair, which led her to use fake hair.

“I think now I have the idea in my head that I don’t look good without long hair, straight hair and Brazilian hair,” Coulter said.

Now, she’s learned to embrace the personal features that can’t change.

“Once you start to understand your flaws, love yourself, and [know] that looks don’t complete you, you’ll feel better,” Coulter said.

That’s how Coulter overcame her insecurities. Now she tries to motivate as many people as possible to understand looks are just something you’re born with.

“Your character is what defines you as a person, not your image,” she said.

Personality is key to Coulter.

Coulter wants students to know she’s an open book and will share her story if it helps another person from falling victim to social norms.


Photo by Katie Meighen


Seniors open season with close losses

By Kylie Storm and Kiara Johnson

Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor

Of the nine players who make up the starting line-up this softball season, five are seniors: Erica Anyanwu, Olivia Emmons, Hannah McKee, Sara Schommer and Shaianne Stanley. Several juniors also make up the team along with a couple of freshmen.

Because there were no seniors on the team the previous year, this year’s team is largely the same as last year’s, with many experienced players who have played together for years.

The team’s two losses so far this season were both very close games. The team fell to Lincoln High School on March 16. The game ended in the ninth, with Parkrose losing to Lincoln by only one point, 10 to 9.

On March 20, the Broncos lost 6 to 5 against Madison, going into overtime.

“We weren’t really working as a team as we usually do because of the weather, plus we got there a little bit late, so we couldn’t warm up as much,” outfielder Anyanwu said.

However, one highlight of the game was when Stanley hit a home run.

Stanley, who is a pitcher and third baseman, said that her last season’s highlight was a home run against La Salle. With another huge hit so early in the season, expectations are rising for Stanley.

“We plan to keep playing the game the whole way through and not slack off during any innings, because that gives up a lot of runs to the other team,” Stanley said.

“We were really close in a lot of games last year, and I’m hoping we can finish the game and not slack off,” Stanley said.

Emmons, the catcher, spends her off-season time playing with a club softball team in Gladstone, Oregon.

Emmons has been playing softball since a young age and expresses her commitment to the game by playing nearly year-round.

“This year will be more of a success than the last,” Emmons said, referring to their lack of wins with last year’s season.

“[I’m] looking forward to a lot of wins,” Anyanwu said.

Anyanwu has also been playing softball since a young age.

“Ever since we’ve been playing together since we were younger, we know how to work together as a team,” Anyanwu said. “We may get frustrated with each other at times, but we know how to bounce back and when to come together again.”

McKee said, “The program has changed with people coming and going. The seniors usually lead the team and set the team dynamic, so [it’s] always different.”

All five seniors have played softball together ever since a young age, so the bond they have is tight.

“Our core group of seniors have been playing together since we were little,” McKee said, “and I’m very happy to be finishing my last year of high school softball with them.”


By Kaleb Gembremedhim

Perks of the Rose Princess

Perks of the Rose Princess

The auditorium erupted in cheers on March 13 as senior Mayranni Cervantes was announced as this year’s Rose Festival Princess after weeks of competition. Cervantes joined in a group hug with the other three seniors who made up Parkrose High School’s Rose Festival Court: Kaitlyn Moore-Carter, Alillith Fernee and Monica Pettigrove.

“She won! Proud Mama!” Mayra Cervantes, Mayranni Cervantes’ mother said on a Facebook post.

In Mayranni Cervantes’ speech to the school in an assembly on Feb. 26, she talked about her grandfather in Mexico and learning to make the most of what you have in life.

From here, Mayranni Cervantes will be attending meetings throughout April before beginning five weeks filled with community events and other volunteer activities. She will receive a mentor and a $3,500 scholarship for becoming a Rose Festival Princess. In June, Mayranni Cervantes will be part of the Portland Grand Floral Parade.

The 2017 Queen of Rosaria will be crowned in June.


Photo By Catherine Le