As freshman and sophomores, our favorite memories were always surrounding the senior classes of 2017 and 2018. Whether it was blaring obnoxious music through the hallways through backpack-sized speakers, throwing homecoming tailgates or storming the basketball court after a win, we could always count on the seniors, in their unity, to uplift and set a standard for a high level of school spirit; in short, the senior class used to be fun.
Flash forward to now: we are seniors and we’re stuck wondering where all the fun went. Where’s the senior sunrise, the senior assassin, the senior lock-in? It’s what all of us are thinking, but just haven’t voiced because we don’t want to face the reality that we are indeed the least spirited class Beverly has seen in a while, or even ever.
But this time, we can’t blame it on ASB. They’ve thrown pep rallies, senior movie nights, Color Wars and more, yet participation for these events (unless they’re mandatory) have been slim. Where our voice is heard, however, is when we are dissatisfied with something, namely the elimination of senior quotes in the yearbook. When we lost a privilege, we banded together and created a petition in order to be handed a senior class tradition, failing to realize that we have, for the entirety of our high school career, mainly neglected the class and spirit oriented events our school has made available to us.
Sure, we won Color Wars, but participation for that was sorely lacking. When we were underclassmen, the entire right side of the Swim-Gym bleachers was overflowing with seniors, some of them even spilling onto the basketball court due to the lack of places to sit. Where did that go, and why aren’t we setting an example for the rest of our school as the previous seniors did for us?
It also seems that whenever our class bands together, it’s always the product of having something taken away from us that we either took for granted or didn’t understand why it was taken away in the first place. Whether it’s senior quotes or Jupiter Grades, we are unifying for all the wrong reasons. Instead, why not make petitions to create events, to foster productive change in our community and to build the foundations for a new legacy of school spirit?
The ever-growing sense of apathy has become entirely consuming. School is a place to, most primarily, learn, but it is also a forum for social engagement and expression of school spirit. The class of 2020 is academically rigorous, no doubt, but the balance of work-to-fun doesn’t exist. Yes, it is important to do well in school, but it is also important to cultivate a sense of pride within our graduating class.
In our brainstorming process, we wrote, “so basically the senior class is lame,” but that wouldn’t be fair because we wouldn’t be articulating enough. But hopefully as you’ve read, you’ll realize that this isn’t just a crass exaggeration.
We could go on all day with examples to support our argument, but as we only have 12 weeks left of our senior year, the time to act is now. Junior-Senior Night is March 11. Show up, wear your colors, make noise, spread the word. It’s the least we can do not only to recognize the work that ASB is putting in to try and generate more spirit, but to also make our time here just a little more fun.
One of our coaches once said to us, “See, isn’t it crazy how much better you guys play when you’re having fun?” and we feel as though the same statement is applicable to our situation. Isn’t crazy how much more fun we will all have together before high school ends if we take this one small step to attend an event that’s planned just for us? It seems that with every passing year, turnout for events such as Junior-Senior night decreases exponentially. Even though we aren’t saying anything about it, we are aware. And now, in the few months we have left together, is the time to fix it.