These Kids Are the Bee’s Knees

How One Group of Sophomores Spread Awareness for Children With Cancer


Elan Levine

(From left to right) Charlie, Bailey, and Joy wearing their coordinated outfits

If you noticed a trio of alternating black and yellow in the hallway ton Friday, you’re not alone. Sophomores, Charlie, Joy, and Bailey, all coordinated outfits to spread awareness for kids with cancer. “Our friend actually told us to wear gold, but then when we showed up, she forgot, so it was just the three of us,” said Bailey, who wore a black shirt and yellow pants—a contrast to the yellow shirts and black pants of her friends. “We’ve been making sure to walk in a formation all day,” said Charlie, who, moments earlier, decided not to walk somewhere with Bailey because Joy would not come with them. 

Indeed, it roused quite a bit of attention in the courtyard during lunch when this trio crossed the breezeway. Seniors, Jennifer Hsu, Eliza Lankford, and Sarah Burke, all noticed what they thought “too peculiar to be a coincidence” as they ate lunch outside under the new shade-tent that the school spent a lot of money on. Although some people still believed it could be coincidental, Eliza thought, “if it had been just two people, I’d believe it was accidental, but seeing three… nuh-uh, no way.”

If it had been just two people, I’d believe it was accidental, but seeing three… nuh-uh, no way.

— Eliza Lankford

Student activism is no stranger to AMHS, a prime example being the walkout two years ago. However, the more subtle choice to wear gold in order to raise awareness for children with cancer was a low-effort and easily supportable idea, which students can do more often. Charlie, Joy, and Bailey are a less subtle, but still effective, example of student activism at work… that or they’re an example of students trying to become a colony of bees.