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Local Teen Wants U.S. Pledge To Be Part Of School Day

Posted April 14, 2005 3:43 a.m. EDT

— An Apex high school student wants the Pledge of Allegiance to become a permanent part of each school day.

Julian Quesada, 16, says reciting the pledge is a tradition that should not be forgotten.

On Thursday, a bill that would incorporate the pledge into the school day moved through the N.C. General Assembly. The bill would give students a chance to recite the pledge, but would not require them to do so.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake County, says there is not much opposition to the plan. The North Carolina School Boards Association, however, thinks local school systems should have an option.

Julian came up with the idea a year ago after his principal told him there was not enough time in the school day to say the pledge.

"I feel pride. I'm glad this happened. I'm glad for the whole thing," Julian said. "It's not about me. It's for my country and the students of North Carolina."

Most elementary schools already recite the pledge of allegiance daily, but it is less common in upper grades.