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Meet Cashiff Kennedy

This article was originally published in the Print Talon on November 7, 2017.

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Cashiff stands before his fellow peers in the VCHS hallway

Cashiff stands before his fellow peers in the VCHS hallway

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Cashiff “Cash” Kennedy thinks that today’s youth needs to wise up and not be so disrespectful.

“It spreads a lot of hate and negativity, and I don’t think that kids these days should have to deal with that along with the hardships of growing up,” Cash said. “Being disrespectful to others around me has caused me to miss a lot of opportunities and in the end made me more self conscious.”

Cash’s biggest role model in terms of fighting off disrespect is his stepdad. He shows Cash how to be respectful and had taught him the manners he needs to succeed in life.

Although Cash has significantly improved, he also had his downfalls. That’s when his stepdad comes in to instruct Cash and remind him of the amazing person he could truly be without disrespecting people. Cash’s thinks that his stepdad is a great example of who Cash would want to model his life after.

“The media, social media, and any form of broad communication device can spread the hate and negativity of disrespect so much faster than face to face communication,” Cash said.

“I see high schoolers, juniors and seniors, treating underclassmen with disrespect, I only wish that they would wise up and see the hurt they’re causing.Take a second to think about what you say before you say it, it may be more hurtful than you can imagine,” Cash said.

Cash often finds himself faced with situations where his respect for others is tested.

For example, at school Cash sees upperclassmen and some sophomores saying disrespectful things to the underclassmen. Cash thinks that it is very rude because the upperclassmen were once underclassmen themselves, and he knows that the juniors and seniors involved wouldn’t have liked to be disrespected like that.
Despite having those situations, Cash tries to find outlets that build up respect towards others.

“Sometimes disrespect will get a hold of you at the most unexpected times, but it’s how you handle those situations that really shows what kind of person you are,” Cash said.

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