Protecting, celebrating the tradition (Opinion)

How Southlake's community continues to shape us today

October 18, 2017

Protecting the tradition has long been the foundation of the Southlake community. From our historical landmarks, to the academic standards that have been established by past generations and continue to be upheld and furthered by our exceptional students today, Southlake has exhibited a profound basis for combining strong communal foundations in a modern and active way.

Our community has acted as a net that neighbors can fall upon when in times of need or hurt. From cooking meals for dislocated families due to untimely fires or house floods, to being a beam of support and comfort for grieving neighbors, Southlake has excelled in being a friendly and comfortable atmosphere for all people who need a shoulder to lean on. I personally have experienced the humble comfort of my Southlake neighbors. When my mom lost her battle to cancer two years ago, friendly, warm arms were outstretched to me, offering their compassion and support to me, many of who I now have established life long relationships with.

This physical growth of the chapel effectively serves as a perfect physical and metaphorical embodiment of how this community has upheld its founding traditions, but has expanded itself from a small, overlooked area into a successful and refined town in an influential and modern way, innovatively preserving our cultural traditions, but still moving forward into a progressive tomorrow.”

— Sarah Emery

The history of Southlake is one that has been long reserved and has been an integral part of our modern community. One of the most prominent landmarks in the city is White’s Chapel. It once started out as a small church, but it has now grown out from a one room, wooden worship space into a significant beacon of Southlake geography, as well as a symbol of preservation of community morale. This physical growth of the chapel effectively serves as a perfect physical and metaphorical embodiment of how this community has upheld its founding traditions, but has expanded itself from a small, overlooked area into a successful and refined town in an influential and modern way, innovatively preserving our cultural traditions, but still moving forward into a progressive tomorrow.

Not to forget, Carroll Independent School District has arguably shaped this town into what it is today. Being known for our schools, the motto of “protecting the tradition” is not only continued, but our tradition of excellence is constantly being refined and improved by not only our passionate administrators, but also the new generations within Southlake, influencing our town today, the world tomorrow.

Sarah Emery is a senior and wrote this essay for the Celebrate Southlake Essay Contest. She was the winner of this contest. The prompt for the essay was:

The city of Southlake will be holding a city sponsored Celebrate Southlake Event on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. in Frank Cornish Park in Town Square. A festival will follow. As part of this event, Carroll students have been invited to participate in an essay contest. The winner of this contest will be awarded a $1000 scholarship.”

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