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Are We Done Yet?

By: Jessica Newkirk

Senioritis: noun. A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include laziness and over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation. – Urban Dictionary

Spring has finally sprung in Southwest Michigan and so has a virus. Senioritis. The contagious disease everyone catches right before the semester ends. Seniors along with teachers start to feel the excitement of being finished with school. According to Mr. Wright, he began to notice the symptoms in November. When asked what he does to prevent it, he said that the only thing he does to keep the seniors from failing is reminding them that their grades are beginning to suffer. Otherwise there is nothing that he can really do to help them. And so the struggle to stay on top of things continues.

So why do we get this strange pandemic? As seniors we have gone through all of grade school and then four years of high school. We are ready to be done and move on to bigger things. In order to get there we have to finish the school year strong; however, we start to get lazy and stop worrying about our grades.

Abria, a Senior at Andrews Academy, says the thing that keeps her going is “knowing that it is almost over and that summer is coming.”

Yes, only a few weeks till the year is over and then we will be graduates. Only a few more weeks of homework and tests. Only a few more weeks of wearing uniforms. Soon it will be summer and you will be headed to being a college freshman.

As seniors prepare for graduation, they are feeling the joy and worry of what it will be like to be done with high school. Most are happy to leave but if each person were to be honest with themselves, they would agree that they are going to miss it. It might be rough right now, but don’t give up! Only a few more weeks are left of being on the top of the “food chain.” Soon you will be – once again – at the bottom. Don’t stress, and enjoy the last moments with your friends.

AA Seniors Show Their Spirit


Seniors Vanna Giddings and Gielle Kuhn show off their wild side for Animal Day!

The past week the AA seniors have shown their spirit and support in their class through Spirit Week.
The week included several creatively themed days planned by seniors Gielle Kuhn, Noël Harris, and Shelly Grellman then a long awaited class trip on September 16.
Monday, the day which seemed to have the most positive reaction, was animal day. Students showed up as bunnies, zebras, lions and even Sasquatch. On Tuesday students dressed and behaved their best for the convocation service then later transitioned into game mode on the AA football field during the school vs. senior football games. Wednesday, Jersey day, most seniors happily wore their winning team jerseys from the previous night’s game, but some other favorable teams were sported also. Thursday was Childhood career dress up day. Seniors dressed as doctors, cowboys, and even dolphin trainers. The spirit themes ended on Friday with casual day; a day planned for relaxing and taking a break from the new uniforms.

Though many seniors enjoyed the themes of spirit week some thought and voiced other opinions. A happier senior Aram Chong said “I thought it was funny especially the animal day! And it was cool how most of them were nurses, Doctors, PTs, or whatever for today [Thursday].” “They [spirit themes] were decent, but many students complained of having our choices vetoed. Many didn’t want a jersey day or causal day,” said a displeased senior who has asked to remain anonymous. No matter the opinions on the themes at the end of the week the point is the seniors had some time to show their pride, stand out as a class, and also be silly before the weight of the year gets too serious.  You cannot depend on the staff or parents to bring school spirit. It has to come from the student body, which starts with you. The stronger our spirit is, the more enjoyable the year will be.

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