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Seniors advocate for lost privileges

In this unsigned editorial, The Campanile staff and leadership petition the administration to reinstate some senior privilege of past years.
Alex Staas
Looking forward to experiencing the benefits of being a senior is a long-standing tradition for many Mounties.

Despite the host of stresses and concerns that comes with the imminence of college, students look forward to their senior year of high school as the home stretch after three years of hard work and commitment to academics. Being the oldest and most experienced in the building earns seniors respect, trust and, in the opinion of The Campanile, certain advantages over the lowerclassmen.

Senior privilege is a common practice at high schools nationwide, serving not only as a reward for the dedication and achievements of the senior class but as incentive and signal to lower classmen. The Mount senior class of ‘24, however, has found that their long climb to the top has resulted in quite an underwhelming reward.

In their time as underclassmen, the senior class was surrounded by senior privilege. Even in the midst of COVID-19, the then-freshman class of ‘24 saw their senior classmates experience the coveted senior privilege of being able to arrive late to a first-block study hall. Other previous senior privileges include various sponsored tailgates, senior sunset, senior movie night, and senior superlatives – none of which the current seniors have experienced during their senior year.

Senior-exclusive advantages not only benefit seniors but also the school as a whole. The relationship between freshman and senior Mounties has always been treasured – it is the sisterhood, a sense of community and belonging that cultivates trust and respect. Part of that respect, we believe, should manifest itself as senior privilege.

Having survived the disney trip and the infamous Canterbury Tales essay, seniors have unique insight, wisdom, and experience that should be acknowledged. On the flip side, senior privilege shows lowerclassmen all they have to look forward to and solidifies the respect they should have for and show to their senior classmates.

These advantages need not be groundbreaking. A staggered dismissal, for example, that begins with the release of the seniors, is a small, achievable change that benefits the entire school. With so many drivers released at once, it is often a race to exit the parking lot which can be hectic and sometimes dangerous. Seniors being dismissed before the other students would make parking lot traffic calmer, safer, and much more fluid.

Another privilege could be senior-exclusive dress down days. Dress down days usually only occur on special instances; however, some of these could be reserved for seniors. Fundraisers and themes would still be respected, and both Mount spirit and respect for seniors would be greatly reinforced.

Finally, the privilege of arriving late to school with first block study hall could and should be easily reinstated.

Establishing earned privileges for seniors would acknowledge senior achievement, strengthen respect between upper- and lowerclassmen, and incentivize the younger students to emulate the dedication and hard work of their older classmates. This privilege can be easily exhibited in advantages such as staggered dismissal times, senior-exclusive dress down days and first block late arrivals. With these senior privileges, Mount will foster a strong community led by mature and responsible seniors who, through leadership by example, encourage the underclassmen to strive for greatness.

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Alex Staas
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Alex is a sophomore on the campanile. Other than drawing and painting Alex is involved in “School of Rock” outside of school, where she plays the drums. Her goals are to go to college for either art or music and she is in a band called Origami Hearts.
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