"It's about coming together and unifying as a school to say we're more than that".
"I want them to stop being based on money and have a moral compass", Ho-Shing said. Diego Pffeifer, a Stoneman Douglas student who helped organize Saturday's march, concluded the evening with a call to action. She recently spoke with Rep. John Lewis, a key player during the civil rights era. "But just as a heart needs blood to pump, my hometown needs the alliance of other communities to properly spread this message", she said.
The event will be a show of strength for a group that will soon have access to the ballot box - something marchers plan to emphasize.
"We feel that it's too easy to get access to guns", said Henry. They will also fly home on the team plane.
But not all members of "Generation Columbine" cling to the rhetoric making household names out of some of their peers, those students calling for tighter gun control after the deadly February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. "They will march for a world that frees them from the bondage and tragedies of unnecessary violence".
In Arizona, well over 20,000 people on social media promised to attend the student-led march, said leader Jordan Harb, a 17-year-old junior at Mountain View High School in Mesa.
The march - organized by the Stoneman Douglas student group #NeverAgain and the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety - is the culmination of a monthlong effort to honor the victims of the shooting, and to push for an end to gun violence.
But after the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Syringa students are stepping it up a notch and making a difference through simple acts of kindness.
"They are not bought into or sort of socialized into hardened partisan categories that disrespect other young people", said Kahne, who studies the political engagement of young people.
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"Our elected officials have seen American after American drop from a bullet".
Organizers warn there will be no event parking at the park or at the school.
One way is by channeling the current energy into mid-term congressional elections this fall.
Students and parents were also told that additional school security personnel will be on campus and that the district is considering using metal detecting wands and installing permanent metal detectors.
Outside of the Newseum Friday, people were starting to hang banners for the March for Our Lives.
Last month, 17 people were killed at the Parkland, Florida, school in a mass shooting, allegedly perpetrated by a former student. She and fellow students successfully petitioned city commissioners to get permits and she's learned about sponsorships and tax exemptions for charitable groups.
Among the messages: "Thoughts & Prayers Don't Save Lives".
"Never again will our voices - students' voices - be shunned into silence".