We Day makes history at Key Arena


By Nick Fiorillo

Nearly 30 MTHS students were among 15,000 young people who gathered at Key Arena for We Day Seattle.

We Day, presented by Free the Children, is a movement, started in Canada, with the intention of inspiring young people to do great things in terms of community service and helping others.

The event on March 27 featured many performances and speakers from all around the world. Athletes, actors, singers, activists, and people with incredible stories to share all gathered to inspire youth from the Pacific Northwest on how they can make a difference.

The lineup of Speakers included NBA legend Magic Johnson, actor Martin Sheen, singer Jennifer Hudson, local rapper Macklemore, Seattle Seahawks players Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, John Moffitt and Russell Okung, Youtube sensation Kid President, singer Nelly Furtado, Wash. Governor Jay Inslee, rapper MC Hammer, and many, many more.

Students say We Day was a day they would never forget.

Senior Erin Keating said “I thought We Day was magnificent. There’s no other experience like it.”

The energy was high all the way throughout the event. Attendees went particularly wild when surprise performer Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took the stage. The Seattle-based group performed hit songs “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” for over 15,000 screaming fans.

Keating recalled the high spirit of the event.

“The energy in the arena was incredible,” she said.

The top leaders of MTHS were chosen to attend the We Day conference. Students from ASB, Inter-high, and Link Crew applied to attend.

One of the attendees, junior Tauren Kure said, “I feel so blessed to have gone.”

The event focused on many acts of charity and incredible works by young people from around the area.

“Seeing teens from all over who have made a difference in their community come together for a day was awesome,” Kure said.

This We Day was the first in the U.S. Founders of Free the Children Marc and Craig Kielburger announced the next We Day to be this fall, in Minnesota.