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    Boulder Students Back Off Barack Obama High


    Boulder High School will keep its name after the Student Worker Club, an activist organization at Boulder High, stopped its push to rename the school after Barack Obama.

    BOULDER — A trio of well-intentioned Boulder High School students said they grossly underestimated the students' and the community's reactions to their proposal of renaming their school after President Barack Obama. So they withdrew the idea Thursday afternoon, just 24 hours after floating it into the media.

    "We didn't anticipate how rapidly this proposal would become so controversial," said Ben Raderstorf, a 16-year-old junior and president of the Student Worker Club at Boulder High School. "We also underestimated the pride that the alumni and faculty have in this school and its rich history."

    Courageously facing reporters and photographers, Raderstorf said the group's intention was merely to circulate a petition among students and hope for "an overwhelming majority of support.

    "But this happened so quickly we didn't have time to give the idea a proper discussion," Raderstorf said, adding he got the idea of using the name as a symbol of the hope and inspiration Obama brings to the country.

    "The support is clearly not as large as we would have hoped. The students and the community have spoken, and we have no desire to go against their will."

    Meagan Mahaffy, a junior, said, "It happened so fast. We were bombarded by criticism."

    Emma Marion, also a junior and member of the Student Worker Club, said things got a little ugly within the student body.

    "There were tons of signs that came out, some to get rid of the Student Workers. Some called us Communists. They even held an impromptu school spirit rally," she said, pointing to student council president Devin Kuh, standing among reporters wearing a purple and yellow "Boulder" sweatshirt.

    Kuh then addressed the media: "I want to thank Ben for having the maturity for stepping down when he realized the idea went bad. We believe a majority of the student body is in favor of keeping the name 'Boulder High School.' We are proud of our school and feel that a name change would diminish the lengthy and rich history of our school."

    Language arts teacher James Vacca, the faculty sponsor of the Student Workers Club for 10 years, commended the group for trying something new. "While we're celebrating (Boulder's) 150 years, these kids are looking to the future," he said. "This is a great school where opinions are valued."

    At least two other schools have renamed their schools after Obama, including an elementary school in Hempstead, N.Y.,and another in Compton, Calif.


    Left to right: Emma Marion, Ben Raderstorf, and Meagan Mahaffy, completely unprepared for opposition.

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    "We also underestimated the pride that the alumni and faculty have in this school and its rich history."
    Something that trio clearly lacked.

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    I'm dissapointed two schools have already changed names in honor of Obama, they seem to be counting their eggs rather soon unless their just celebrating that he won, which is rather idiotic.

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    For gods' sake, these people have no idea how good or bad a President Obama's going to be yet. Ridiculous.
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