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SOAR hosts first ever in-person discussion

Jets hash over racism close to home
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Ms. Nagy listens in as students share their opinions.“It’s important to me, as an educator, to know about this kind of research because it helps me address biases I may not be aware of in my classroom, and I can share the knowledge with students as well as colleagues,” Ms. Nagy said.

Students Organizing Against Racism (SOAR) hosted their first-ever in-person SOARing discussion in the Jetnasium before summer break. The group opened a friendly space for over 30 youthful voices to share their opinions on racism in Korea.

Unlike previous meetups, June’s meeting came with new and improved activities exclusive to face-to-face events. Through various activities, the group brought sensitive yet crucial topics like systemic racism and implicit bias to the table. “Because it was an in-person SOARing Discussion, we wanted to make it interactive. I think the [jubilee lines] were the event we spent the longest time on, and [it] was the most exciting because we just passed around mics to whoever wanted to speak,” Selina Son, sophomore and vice president of SOAR, said. 

After weeks of planning, SOAR president Betty Lee welcomes the DIS community to the first of many in-person SOARing Discussions to come. (Catherine Park)

The group’s wide range of activities broadened the perspectives of attendees and even members themselves. Sean Kim in fifth grade said, “I really liked the questions they made for us to solve. I really liked the minigames where we chose no, yes, or maybe. I thought that the minigames and the discussions in small groups were really cool and helpful.”

Erin Moore, Bella Choi, and Phillip Yoon in seventh grade debate on whether everybody is racist to some degree. (Catherine Park)

Mrs. Cameron enjoyed the new format as well. She said, “I think [with in-person discussions] you are able to really dive into different topics together, and it helps build relationships in a way that’s different than when it’s online. I think it’s really important for students to learn how to engage in challenging conversations with one another, to learn how to listen to different perspectives, and to understand the lives of other people who may be different from themselves.” 

Attendees branch out to the topics that interest them in small groups. Oliver Park in ninth grade said, “I learned about how racist Korea was despite my expectations, like how they are really racist towards East Asian people.” (Catherine Park)

The small group discussions further let participants branch out into topics of their interest. “I think the topic about ‘The Little Mermaid’ was really interesting. I didn’t watch the movie, but it was a very hot topic, a controversial one, and I was interested in how it impacted Korean society,” Jake Park, an attendee in eighth grade, said. 

Even the organizers took something away from the event. “It was our first in-person SOARing discussion, so we had to figure out how we’re going to set up the small SOARing discussions after the interacting activities because we really wanted a place where you see your friends but also ‘strangers’. You want to feel open and be able to share your opinions but also hear from many multiple perspectives, and the choosing of the groups was a bit hard because we had to do it also in the moment,” Son said.

SOAR members surprise their president Betty Lee with a cake and celebrate the good year spent. Betty said, “the surprise was, honestly, one of the best moments in my life.” (Catherine Park)

SOAR plans to host more meetings this year, including two face-to-face discussions. So if you missed the last one, no sweat. Look out for posters and announcements on upcoming events. 

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Annie Cho
Annie Cho, Writer
Annie returns for a second year in Jets Flyover as an enthusiastic sophomore. She leads SNHS, Peer Tutoring Club, and Debate Club. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching TV shows, and playing sports in her free time. This year she hopes to share interesting and engaging stories with the DIS community. 
Catherine Park
Catherine Park, Editor in Chief
Cath loves writing stories and making art. Luckily, God gifted her a talented left hand. As the vice president of the National Arts Honor Society, she can be seen drawing around campus. Cath explores many different genres of books, music, movies, and activities, and is willing to explore more about them throughout her experience as the editor-in-chief. All she needs is paper, a pencil, an eraser, and her dog, Russell. Cath writes, illustrates comics, edits articles, and manages the Jets Flyover.
Leanne Yoon
Leanne Yoon, Managing Editor
Leanne Yoon, dubbed as “Lenny” by her close friends, rises into her sophomore year bursting with ambition. As a leader of clubs such as Menstruation Station, SOAR, Debate Club and String Orchestra, Leanne often ponders on what else she could bring to her fellow Jets. In her leisure time, she vibes to music and immerses herself in all things K-culture. This year, Leanne hopes to bring the Flyover to the next level as the co-managing editor of the publication. 

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    Hannah NagySep 15, 2023 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for sharing about the conversations and interesting activities we participated in! It was a great time to come together as a community to discuss important topics. You did a wonderful job capturing that event here 🙂 I’m looking forward to more SOAR events!

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    ElisaSep 7, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    WOOOO YEAHHH SOARRRRR

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    EstherSep 7, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    Go SOAR!I hope there can be more activities for SOAR!

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    Sean kimSep 7, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    I thought that this article was really good, I really liked when Sean Kim said that he liked when they made us choose and for us to solve.

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    Leewen WangSep 7, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    I really enjoyed the SOAR in-person discussion! I learned a lot of other people’s perspectives and shared my opinions in small groups. Thank you for hosting the discussion!

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    Aiden ShinSep 7, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    I’m sad that I couldn’t join the event because I had an academy at that time.I hope that I can join the next SOAR discussion!

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    MatthewSep 7, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Wow very cool

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    AyeletSep 7, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    Go SOAR! I hope we can do another event like it!

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    Sean kimSep 7, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    I thought that this article was really good I really liked when Sean Kim said that he liked when they made us choose and for us to solve.

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    Alex YooSep 7, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    GG SOAR

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    HonglimSep 7, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    YAY! GO SOAR!

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    JosephSep 7, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    I hope you guys succeed SOAR and have a good day!!!!!!1

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    EmilySep 7, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    It’s really interesting! I hope I can join SOAR one day.

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    Jio KimSep 7, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    I hope we can do the in-person SOARing discussions again! I remember last year how everyone had something to say and we were overflowing with discussion!!

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    PaulSep 7, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    Let’s go soar

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    Daniel BeckSep 7, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    Spelling mistake :>

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    Daniel BeckSep 7, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    It was great to see many people caring about SOAR and having the courage to talk about rasism in Korea

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    SolahSep 6, 2023 at 11:28 am

    YAY SOAR
    I miss you guyssss :))
    Good luck on your future events!

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