By Maggie C.
Well, here we are. Here in the new school that the seniors have been talking about since sophomore year. While the new building is pretty tall (there actually is a third floor), is it big enough to encompass the standards and traditions that the old school housed?
In the senior’s Meet Your Administrators meeting, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Talbot, and Mr. Donovan told us that all of our traditions are going down with the old school. That means painter suits and Spirit Week as we know it, the student lounge, Breadboard, pep-rallies, and some simple, easy things that we had just gotten used to like actually having an agenda and having an effective way to dry our hands.
The repetition of the phrase “senior privilege,” has made me think of those (or lack thereof) that we have been provided. Being able to eat outside on the patio? Yes, that is awesome, and it will be just as awesome when its sub-30 degree weather and snowing. Cramming 250 teenagers into breadboard (with limited seating) at eight in the morning? Sounds pretty tight. Having most, if not all, of our lockers on the third floor and having to put our backpacks in there before lunch? At least my legs are getting toned. Do not even get me started on my awesome parking spot at the OLD high school! Making that walk with my goalie bag on days I have away games is absolutely invigorating, and I know its going to be even better when I am forced to wear my snow suit this winter.
In all honesty, I do not see anything that we really benefit from. Yes, it is great to have a parking spot, but most people had a better one as a junior last year. We cannot even buy food from Breadboard, which I would count as a loss of a privilege. While the school is substantially cooler in temperature, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs acknowledges that our physiological requirements are the most important prerequisite when making a school comfortable for learning. So I would say that it can definitely be argued that not overheating while you are writing an essay in English class is a right, not a privilege.
There has been an extravagant over emphasis on preserving the new school. We are being told to start new traditions, but what can we do that will not impact the order of the new school? Even with the accommodations that the administration has made for us (eating in Breadboard) there is a nagging reminder to maintain the tidiness of the area in order to preserve its presentability. I understand their hesitance, but this is a school. There is really no feasible way to avoid wear and tear when there are over a thousand of students coming in everyday between the High School and Middle School.
I am not trying to bash the administration here, but it is just very frustrating that as a senior I have about the same amount of rights as a freshman. I mean, we already did our time. Why do we have to continue to suffer through countless rules and restrictions? As a freshman, I walked into school everyday with my older brother who was a senior at the time. We parked right at the high school (next to the turf), and then we would separate. He would go into the gym, and I would go to the cafeteria. We did not have to use lockers; most of us did not even know where our lockers were, and we did not have to make a ten-minute walk across the street to get to the parking lot.
Fast forward to junior year. Juniors can no longer buy food from Breadboard, but with the promise of senior year looming just ahead, we dealt with it. We could not wait to be able to park right in front of the school; to rule the student lounge that would surely be built into the new school. Yet, now with only the limited seating on the patio and in Breadboard available for our use, we are forced to mingle with (gulp) freshmen in the cafeteria.
In spite of all of this, DHS (especially you, seniors), we should make this the best year yet. Do not forget, Senior’s can still wear togas. Green wristbands are still the mark of a champion. Go all out for Spirit Week, which now consists of four days rather than two and a half. Go to Homecoming and Snowball despite the lack of twerking. Participate in the Powder Puff football game. Support your fellow dragons at football, field hockey, volleyball, and soccer games. Join a club. If you have complaints, ideas, or things that you want to change, tell somebody! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Whether you go straight to the administration or through a friend of yours that is on Student Council, do not let your thoughts and ideas go to waste!
This is our chance to start new traditions that could be as relevant as painter suits, the student lounge, and Breadboard for years to come. While I am not saying that those customs are easy to replace, we have to make the best of what we have. We have already accomplished so much in gaining the liberty to go to the library during lunch as well as being able to eat in Breadboard.
As the fabulous and truly inspirational Hannah Montana once sang, “Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it right!”