By Leah Kelly
On Tuesday, May 14th, the Class of 2013 had their senior trip — and only twelve people attended.
The original senior trip plan was to go to the Poconos for a day, since that is what previous classes had done and enjoyed. It was easy from a management standpoint and easy to get approved with the School District. However, fewer students than the minimum needed signed up.
Health and PE Teacher Pia Martin attributed this to the fact that students in the Class of 2013 tend to sign up in groups — and since many social circles didn’t opt into the Poconos plan, it had to be canceled.
Senior Annisa Ahmed, who did not sign up for the Poconos trip, echoed this sentiment. “None of my friends were going, so I figured, why do it?”
As a last gesture, Ms. Martin, who was in charge of organizing the senior trip, gave them the option of either a picnic or an outing to Dave and Busters. When poll results came in, the majority of the votes was for Dave and Busters.
Ms. Martin was frustrated but also accepting of what happened.
“It’s just the nature of this particular class,” she said.
Teachers are not the only ones who are noticing this class’ particular lack of unity of class spirit.
“It really makes me upset and angry as well that my class is barely a class at all,” said Senior Katherine Hatzidais.
“I do not feel unity within my classmates which I hate because I want our class to all be friends and all have a fun time together. Especially all the senior activities that we should all be enjoying together.”
Along with the unsuccessful senior trip, senior hoodies never worked out either, because not enough people placed orders–only fourteen, when the minimum order had to be 30.
Some say it was due to lack of interest, laziness, or financial issues. Hatzidais, however, also stated it might have been because “some kids are cheap and not willing to pay for it.”
“I really wanted a senior hoodie to have pride for my class,” said Senior Jenn Wright, “and it was a shame that it didn’t work out.”
Some seniors have a more balanced viewpoint of the class trip failure.
“I think everybody cared about it, but not enough to pay,” said Senior Sam Lovett-Perkins.
As their final year at SLA draws to a close, seniors are celebrating, but many continue to feel frustrated by lack of unity and spirit in their grade.
“They are all fabulous as individuals,” Ms. Martin says, “they just don’t pull together as a whole.”