by Liam Datwani
Over the last few weeks, high school seniors across the nation have been taking prank traditions to a whole new level. An extreme example occurred on May 1 when over 60 students, mainly seniors at Teaneck High School, were arrested after breaking into their school at approximately 2 a.m. and vandalizing the building, according to cnn.com. Such actions are a blatant display of disrespect and immaturity.In light of the prank culture that characterizes this time of year, the WHS senior class deserves to be recognized for maintaining respectful behavior when some of their peers have forgotten how.
Unlike other high schools, WHS does not have a tradition of pranking. Though there are some popular traditions for seniors, such as Senior Skip Day and water gun games, there isn’t anything that could be considered a true prank. When investigating our institutional history, it is difficult to find a faculty member who remembers a prank or an act of disrespect committed by the seniors.
The level of respect in the current senior class is not something that changes from year to year; rather, it has remained consistent from class to class. In fact, the absence of prank culture reflects the maturity and respect of the seniors, who instead actively come together to improve the school community.
This commitment to our school is often shown through senior projects. Many seniors use this opportunity to better themselves and our town through selfless means. In the past, students have chosen to raise money and awareness for various causes, to beautify public parks and to dedicate their time to help the less fortunate.
These projects help the seniors to positively impact the community and to give back using the skills WHS has taught them. Instead of defacing our school, seniors are paying respect to the education they have been granted.
While many seniors band together to cause harm with pranks, WHS seniors have come together in a positive way to support each other during difficult times. They have even suffered heartbreak for the past two years; the seniors’ responses to the passing of fellow classmates Allie Harth and Kelly Mazzucco have brought to light the supportive nature of the classes.
There is an ingrained sense of respect for this school that causes students to come together to show support for each other and to serve the community instead of harming it. As the years go on, WHS should continue to honor this tradition of unity and respect.