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Seniors are only four months away from their graduation ceremony. At the most recent senior meeting, a Balfour representative spoke to students about graduation cost. The meeting spoke about the cost of cap and gowns, invitations, and class rings. In order to walk the stage, seniors are required to wear a cap and gown, and that alone costs $50. When adding the cost of personalized invitations, thank you notes, and potentially a class ring, graduation prices become expensive quickly.
The district should have alternative ways to reduce gradation prices for seniors.
Walking the stage in front of family and friends is a major life event that seniors look forward to. In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, seniors are required to pay a $50 fee for a gown that will only be worn for a few hours. After graduation, students send their cap and gown back to Balfour, which includes the gown, cap, and tassel. The school is requiring seniors to pay $50 in order to walk the stage. Seniors cannot keep anything unless they buy an extra souvenir tassel from Balfour. On top of this fee, depending on the amount purchased, the price of invitations could be as high as $70. The amount of money every senior has to pay in order to participate is disheartening not only to students, but to their families as well.
The program Communities in Schools (CIS) is a non profit organization that helps with college admission fees, free and reduced lunches, and also works to sponsor college visits. CIS provides free caps and gowns to students in the program as well. However, they only have twelve caps to provide for the whole senior class. CIS does help students who need the financial assistance, however a dozen cap and gowns is not enough to cover the amount of students who need the assistance. Students who are not in CIS do not receive any financial help from the school. Requiring a $50 fee to walk the stage for each student is not acceptable, especially when there is almost no aid for seniors.
A way to aid every student is having reusable cap and gowns. Most sports teams such as basketball and football have reusable jerseys, and ROTC has reusable uniforms. Having reusable caps and gowns that students rent at a lower price would be cheaper for students, and gives extra funding to the school. These caps and gowns would be washed every year, and if a student destroys the gown, then they pay for a new one. Requiring seniors to pay $50 for a cap and gown that they cannot customize or keep is not acceptable. There should be alternative ways to give financial help to seniors with graduation prices.
~Connie Wiggins- Assistant Editor-in-Chief
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Everyone knows Valentine’s Day is around the corner, but not everyone knows why we celebrate the holiday.
Valentine’s Day was not always called Valentine’s Day. It was originally called Lupercalia Day, an event celebrating spring and fertility. Lupercalia Day was represented as a celebration of love in the fourteenth century. And in ancient Greece, it was a celebration of god Zeus and goddess Hera’s marriage. To the Catholic religion, it was a day of feast.
“I think Valentine’s Day is a nice encouragement for a show of appreciation to those we care about, but I also think we shouldn’t need a special holiday to tell us to show that appreciation,"Avery Hanes (12) said."It should just be natural to do so.”
The name Valentine came from Saint Valentine. There are many legends as to who Saint Valentine was, and they all deal with love. One is about how Saint Valentine helped soldiers get married; another is about Saint Valentine being locked up and sending love letters to his jailer's daughter. By the fifteenth century, the name Valentine was used to describe a lover in poems, songs and, of course, love letters. In the mid-nineteenth cards were being manufactured and sold in stores.
“Valentine’s Day is for everyone," Aaron Wayt (11) said. "You don’t have to be in a relationship to enjoy it. Most people celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family and friends."
Today Valentine’s Day is celebrated by everyone, not just couples. Many elementary school kids give out candy and cards to their classmates. High school students give to their closest friends. Most couples spend this day together with a date or celebration. The day is full of love and spending time with the people you care for the most.
~Ryleigh McCright- Staff Writer