Every year Duxbury High School hosts an activity for the graduating classes, called Senior Superlatives.
Each senior receives a paper with different superlatives listed, such as ‘Best Eyes’. Every senior will pick both a girl and a boy who best fits this superlative. The students with the most votes in each category gets the superlative. A seemingly harmless activity may strike up drama between friends and classmates.
Senior Lauren M. said, “They can cause drama, but people do well handling it.” If someone does not receive a superlative, Lauren believes they should not get upset because the superlatives are just a section of the yearbook. Commenting on how important the titles are Lauren said, “I don’t think they are important because they are just for fun.”
A majority of seniors seem to hold the same type of opinion on the matter. Senior Amandalyn M. believes that the superlatives can cause drama, but senior year would not be the same without them. When it came to the idea of people possibly getting offended by not getting an award, Amandalyn said, “I feel that some people get a little bit offended sometimes, but they are not really awards, they are just meant to recognize some aspect of a person whether it be cute, quirky, or whatever.” Amandalyn also thinks that the superlatives are an essential part of the graduating tradition.
In agreement to Amandalyn M. and Lauren M., senior Michaela M. said, “I think they do cause drama because only a select few can be picked for each superlative, which can make those who are not picked, feel left out.” When asked about the importance of the superlatives, Michaela said she thinks the importance varies from student to student and some students don’t mind if they are not picked.
The Senior Superlatives are still held as one of the exciting privileges of the senior year.