Never ignore the obvious signs

KATHLEEN PFOHL

All of the hard work and hours spent cramming for tests and papers have led up to this: senior year, not to mention it is the year the seniors finally get to enjoy the perks of being the ‘top dogs’ of the school.

When it comes to privileges, it’s the little things that count. Little things like senior parking and having a “seniors only” lunch line. The large sign hanging over the lunch line in the cafeteria should have been a dead give-away to everyone, but some se­niors are angry that their privileges aren’t being taken seriously by the underclassmen.

Not many students are aware that there even is a senior’s lunch line, but the occasional student understands where the seniors are coming from.

“I respect it, they can get in front of me if they want but I’m still going to get in that line because it’s usu­ally shorter,” said junior Hollie Omo­hundro.

One would think that the seniors having such trivial privileges would be a foreign concept to most under­classmen, however, these simple priv­ileges make total sense to kids that will one day be in the same position. It’s just a part of high school-seniority rules.

“It’s a senior privilege. They want to get their lunch when there isn’t a long line,” said junior Kristin Wilcox.

When asked if they use the seniors only lunch line some admitted that they do use the line but expect to have their own line when they become se­niors next fall.

Some seniors don’t feel that the situation is even worth the fuss.

Senior Nick Glass admitted, “I did the same thing when I was a junior and sophomore and freshman. Most seniors don’t even go to lunch any way, because a lot of us have senior release.”

Glass supplied a possible solution for the problem.

“Maybe just seniors go to the front of the line,” Glass said.

And that’s exactly what they have done. It seems that the seniors have decided that the only way around this is, well, around it. Underclassmen have been considerate knowing more seniors have to stay for lunch because of the change in schedule.

“This year more and more seniors are staying around, so it probably has a greater impact on them. We need to get more of the students input into it to make a decision on how strictly we enforce it.” Ms. Gervais, an adminis­trator, said.

For now, it seems that the battle over the lunch line may never be solved: will the seniors get their own lunch line, or will the underclassmen continue to ignore the sign?

Which ever choice is ultimately reached is up to whether the students intervene and express their opinions to not only this circumstance, but any other problems that may arise.

The real issue is whether the senior line is a true privelege. In the interest of equity, is it right to close off a line for the senior class? The solution can only come from the actual students.

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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