I scream for senior privileges

As the years have gone by, it seems that the amount of privileges the senior class receives has declined. They start off high school as freshmen, looking forward to senior year and all that comes with it

But now what? I am in my senior year and a number of my favorite privileges that got me through high school are gone; I’ve lost what I was eager about and the senioritis kicks in way too soon.

Although this may seem like a small concern because the main focus for me is college at this point, it has o ended many members of the senior class, including myself. The first- and most popular- offense is parking.

When I was a freshman and a sophomore, there was a “senior lot,” which was the front of the main lot. The juniors received the back of the main lot and the sophomores were given the tree line and the lot by the baseball and softball fields, now known as the over flow lot.

As junior year came along, the parking situation turned into a first come, first serve basis. With that, there were many angry seniors. Even juniors are tired of dealing with parking in the sophomore lot.

Photo credits by Maeve O'Boyle

So, in response to these changes, I witnessed seniors resorting to parking in the visitor spots. But the students know that this doesn’t always end well: last year, Dr. McFarland summoned a tow truck to the parking lot or issued tickets for parking in a teacher parking spot.

I get here for second period and the number of spots are limited for students. But there are numerous empty teacher spots, waiting to be filled by teachers that should already be here.

There are more students than teachers so it only makes sense to increase student parking, right? I even think that with the increased number of staff parking spots, especially in the main lot, that it would be fair to refund their $35 for paying for parking and not getting a spot.

According to Assistant Principal Trond Smith, the reason for the loss of the senior lot is that the number of seniors arriving after first period increased, so it made this practice unsustainable.

Another concern of mine is the Cedar Point trip being canceled. I understand my class will not be in school, but, on the other hand we will not be officially graduated until Memorial Day weekend.

According to Smith, this trip was an incentive for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) across all three Olentangy high schools. Since the OGT is no longer in existence, the trip is no longer an incentive. I took the OGT and I want my reward for it.

Finally, I am concerned about Der Dutchman. Many are under the understanding that it has been canceled. This is not entirely true; seniors will still be attending a class lunch, but it has been switched to a different location due to the class being too large for Der Dutchman to accommodate. The Thanksgiving dinner will be held at the DoubleTree Hilton on Route 23 this year, thanks to Principal’s Secretary, Heather Lantz. There is a chance that once the fourth high school opens that Der Dutchman may be the location once again.

“The teachers and administrators who made that annual trip are angry too,” Smith said.

I want these privileges back. I believe seniors should have priority parking, and it saddens me that it has come to this after looking forward to it the last three years. Instead of expressing my happiness at (almost) finally being done, I am expressing my sadness and concern.

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