"Dear Central...": An Open Letter From Central Alumni To The Senior Class

Written by  The Philadelphia Student Union Thursday, 16 January 2014 03:05

This week we received a letter from Central High alumni, Philip Lindsay. We have re-printed it in its entirety below. 

Dear Central Students,

My name is Philip Lindsay and I am a graduate of Central High School's 268th class. I am writing to you to tell you a bit about my experiences at Central and to encourage you to speak out against the Corbett administration during the Governor's upcoming visit. His administration has done great harm to public schools like Central throughout Pennsylvania.

My time at Central was crucial to my development as a critical thinker. Teachers like Ms. Finkle ( U.S. Government and Psychology) and Ms. Hansbury (World Conflicts) taught me that by closely examining and debating our views of the world we might arrive at a richer understanding of it. I heard there were rumors that you’ve been threatened with having your privileges, like prom, revoked if you so little as protest the Governor's visit or embarrass him in any way. I find that very offensive. Central should be embarrassed to demand this of you. You should never be ashamed to speak your mind or ask difficult questions to those in authority, especially when you feel betrayed or taken advantage of- and do not be fooled, the Governor is visiting Central to take advantage of you.

As you know, the budget cuts hurt Central severely, just as it hurt other schools across the state. Our school was irreparably changed as programs were cut, people were fired and resources were taken away. Governor Corbett's administration is largely responsible for this. It is his responsibility to manage the finances of the state and for the last few years he has done it on the backs of students like you. Yet that same Governor now arrives at your doorstep and expects you to sit passively while he parades himself in front of the media as a “supporter” of your school. This is clearly a self-serving political move on his part, just in time for the 2014 election. Those who pretend otherwise are insulting your intelligence.

You might be hesitant to act in ways that will be scrutinized as “inappropriate” or “impolite” by some. You might also, understandably, be hesitant to lose your chance to attend prom or to go on class trips. But do not let these insecurities or inappropriate threats overshadow the opportunity you have to speak out against the Corbett administration's actions on your home turf. I urge you to do so. There have been hundreds of CHS proms and trips. But you have to opportunity to be the students who stood up for millions of young people across Pennsylvania who’s voices have been silenced, and held the Governor responsible for his devastating policies and attacks on your education. Governor Corbett comes to praise the best school in the state. Are we also going to be remembered as the best at keeping quiet when it mattered the most?

Philip Lindsay
Central High School Alumnus (268)

This letter has also been signed on to by Central alumni representing different graduating classes:

Mak Sarich
Jennifer Younge
Clio Brown
Maham Risvi
Kayin Malcom
Annie Li
Kim Wong-Shing
Ian Lewis
Prithi Chandra
Angela Leonardo
Ed Deleo
Mike Deleo
Amelia Field Blanda
Darryle Ulama
Tarek Khader
Stacy Jebett Bullard
Yevgeniy Levich
Michael Bursack
Ahmed Ahmed
Scott Bounpraseuth
Lilly Kay
Jenny Zeng
Leah Houck
Christina Hoang
Kerry Quinn
Aida Vega
Ju Ivey 
Miriam Powell
Terrell Green
Constance Johnson
Benjamin Wilson
Eric To 
Cathy Peace Pagan
Joel Michel
Zachary Carduner
James Heff Younge
Goda Savulionyte
Gerard Franklin
Michelle Shaw
Tori DeCristoforo
Charlotte Delouch
Nehad Aliyah
Kate Marshall
Anita Rose Davidson
Julie Touchstone
Janette Cheung
Asha Davis
Dorothy Smith
Damon Raynor
Ha Truong
Dasha Savage
Sabrina Schaeffer
Montez Smith
Martin Martir
Nykia Davis-Bradley
Erica Gendall-Conrad
Sarah Greenberg
Camillia McKay
Nadira Tarboro
Nhat-Khanh Truong
Brendan Cooper
Takiva Pierce
Jordan Kutzik
Ayashe Jamison
Ellen Kaufmann
Julianna Bursack
Latisha Pavy
Maham Rizvi
Ju Ivey
Eric To
Victoria Chau
Marcus Simmons
Daniel Zinshteyn
Malori Hollomon
Jennifer Young
Steve Aronson
Patricia Wong
Ellisa Cruz
Wineska Diaz
Jane Majewski
Chantelle O'Kelly
Ana Koerner
Zach Nichols
Richard Michel
Meaghan F. Washington
Abby Kalkstein
Devon Honeyman
Nyeemah Kennedy
Ari Fish
Lauren Stander
Jasmine Ingram
Linda Malinowski
Tyland Rennick
Sydney Andrews
Chansophea Ten
Leah Bakely
Louis Ashodian
Rana Elysayed
Tyshia Rennick
Vilma Zinshteyn
Jasmine McDuffie
Tiara Swain
Carlo Makarechi
Ben Dichter
Matthew Fishman-Dickerson
Steven Yanoff
Julia Yanoff


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