The Importance of Senior Pride Days

By Admir Milla

Every Friday during the final months of senior year, you’re bound to see hordes of twins, celebrities, and superheroes strolling or flying, through the halls.

Pride Days allow seniors the chance to show off their imagination and collaborate with one another. Whether it’s the 75th Superman or just a guy in pajamas, students finally get to bend the rules a bit and go beyond their regular routine.

Still, many seniors choose to skip out on the activities. For an event that is meant to bring us closer together, the disparity in participation shows that there could be more coordination and unity in the senior class.

Those who do participate feel that they are part of a greater whole.

“I took part because a lot of my friends were doing it. It’s not that I was pressured into it, but I felt it would be fun,” said Osama Hamed ’13.

Matthew Torres, Senior Activities Coordinator, added, “It adds to the fun of being a senior and helps to enjoy the now. Too many kids are focused on the finish line and not the journey.”

However, many feel like there are other reasons for students to participate. Senior Pride Days are meant to showcase school pride. However, not many students feel that pride.

Even though she did participate, Avgusta Burshteyn ’13, realizes that a student’s experience during senior year greatly influences whether they will participate or not. “It all depends on the student. If you are artistic, outgoing, and like to have fun then Pride Days are great. But if you’ve had a so-so senior year, you may rethink your decision to take part.”

There are other ways to make these days more popular, such as the Blast From the Past Dance.

Torres said, “By having an event after the school day, you give the students more incentive to take part.” It helps to make it more than a dress up day and hopefully this will inspire the students to take the time to create their costumes.

Others feel like it’s not up to just the students or the SGO to let the senior class know what’s happening.

“I feel the school doesn’t encourage seniors enough to actually participate,” said Omar Tarat ’13.

These are the last few months that we will have in high school. No one is making these days mandatory, but it would brighten up the halls and spirits of all members of the community if more people tried. It’s one of the few times we are allowed to say, in reference to the small island off the coast of Thailand, “Phuket” and not get in trouble.

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