SA Community Celebrates Valentine’s Day

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Nikki Golestan

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, SA! Despite the challenges of last year, let’s step into the new year with high hopes. It is important to reflect and take a minute to relieve the pressures of what’s going on in daily life and celebrate the upcoming holiday, Valentine’s Day—otherwise known as the feast day of Saint Valentine, or the celebration of love and affection. 

 

The holiday’s history is wrought with many different tales. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. 

 

Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, deified Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. 

 

Still, others insist that it was Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop, who was the true namesake of the holiday. He, too, was beheaded by Claudius II outside Rome. Despite the many different histories the holiday is celebrated today as a day for loved ones.

 

Many members of the Senior School community shared with The 7th Pillar, what they are most excited for about the upcoming holiday. 

 

“Valentine’s Day is a super special day because I get to show my appreciation for those that I love, watch others do the same, and even celebrate one of my close friends’ birthdays,” said sophomore Jayne Miner, “I am grateful to my family for always spreading love, to my friends for always brightening my day with as little as a smile, and to my teachers, for giving me all the tools and opportunities I need to succeed and learn. This Valentine’s Day, while I am not doing much, I am looking forward to seeing how others express their gratitude to their loved ones.” 

 

Echoing similar sentiment, senior Clare Chiusano said, “I’m thankful for all of those who love, support, and motivate me.” 

 

“I am thankful for my best friend because she can always put a smile on my face no matter what. I will probably spend Valentine’s Day with her because we always have a lot of fun,” said sophomore Barrett Bordeau.

 

Senior Serena Melonio also shared her plans and her gratitude for the people in her life. 

 

“I’m beyond grateful for my friends and family! They always know how to put a smile on my face, and spending time with them is the absolute highlight of my day. This Valentine’s Day, I’m making little gifts for all of my friends and baking brownies for my sister!”

 

Yes, indeed, this Valentine’s Day seems to be a beacon of celebration and joy this year, shining a light of hope on the bleakness of the past year’s events.