The Arlington High School Diversity Council hosted a gallery walk on May 19 to showcase the “See Every Eagle” project. Students involved with the Diversity Council, Yearbook staff, and ASB leadership collaborated this year with some mentors to ensure AHS photos that are on display throughout the school are inclusive, equitable and truly representative of the student body.
AHS English teacher and ASB Student Advisor Ben Ballew said, “The students asked ‘How can we see ourselves reflected in the hallways of AHS?’”
It has been many years since the pictures in the AHS hallways were updated. The three groups worked together to identify pictures that would reflect the entire student body, including students involved with sports, clubs and other activities. The students selected 28 pictures that are mounted on canvas and will be displayed throughout the school.
Ali Amezcua, a senior on the Diversity Council, took Ballew’s class when she was a freshman and has been working since then to make the school more inclusive for all students.
“It was especially important for us to have freshmen when they entered the school to see themselves reflected in the pictures in the hallway so the school is a welcoming place for them,” said Amezcua. “It’s been humbling to be involved in a project that can not only help me but others as well.”