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This letter, signed by the 2011 senior class at Shelby County High School, was submitted for publication by Lane Taylor.
Rockets say “thanks but no thanks” to the arrogance parade at graduation.
We, the members of the Shelby County High School graduation class of 2011, have been quietly watching the ongoing debate about graduation rank seating. We have heard the argument that seniors should be seated at graduation in their class rank order so that all can see who smarter than whom. We have heard comments like “these are the high achieving kids, so they should get extra recognition.” We have heard the argument the “these are the kids who have done what we’ve asked them to do.”
The SCHS Rockets feel a little differently. We have worked hard and are proud of our accomplishments, as are out parents. But it’s our humble opinion that all graduating seniors have done what they have been asked to do…that is; they graduated.
We can’t help but note that some students work harder to maintain a B average that others students work for their A average. We feel that it’s the student’s effort and hard work that should be honored, and we feel that the diploma is a perfect way to do that.
We can’t help but think that the graduation rank seating is designed, not to honor the hard-working students but to be a means of self-promotion for those kids who are intellectually gifted. We also feel that the whole ordeal becomes a “my kid is better than your kid” ego boost for the parents. Neither of those are traits that the Rockets aspire to take on.
So, please, at SCHS, we ask that you line us in alphabetical order during graduation. We ask that you cheer for allof us as we walk across the stage, for we allhave accomplished much.