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By Tucker Verdi
Be positive, be passionate, be proud to be an Eagle.
On a day when students across the country and the world took to the streets and marched for their lives, the boys and girls tennis teams from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took to the court at Crandon Park Tennis Center.
They stood along the baseline, hand-in-hand with some of the sport’s biggest stars as a large banner bearing their school insignia was draped across center court.
These teenagers are part of a student body that is still grieving following the death of 17 classmates when a gunman opened fire in their school.
Their grief is not their own, however. It is not silent; instead, it is being broadcast for everyone to see. Students from all different kinds of communities are banding together to let their voices be heard.
A message from MSD alumni played on the video board with former students from the inaugural class of 1992 to the most recent graduating class let these young agents of change know that they are not standing alone.
The alumni aligned themselves with the movement #MSDStrong, a moniker for perseverance in the face of adversity, and reminded the youngsters to keep living by the motto of MSD.
That motto: “Be positive, be passionate, be proud to be an Eagle.”
T-shirts with the #MSDStrong motto were sold during the night session, with all proceeds going to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims' fund.
If you wish to make a donation to the victims' fund, you can visit gofundme.com/stonemandouglasvictimsfund.