Battle of the classes: upperclassmen vs underclassmen

Cole Shoemaker ’20, Opinion Editor

These four walls of SLHS more or less make up their own little world, class struggle and all. With freshmen at the bottom of the proverbial ladder, and seniors at the top. You might think that it’s nearly impossible to overcome this ladder, that it’s this grand construct keeping us all from properly communicating, understanding, and befriending each other. And yet, this is wrong. Blatantly, absolutely wrong.

With the freshman is where you would probably expect there to be the biggest problem, due to their lack of time here in high school and especially this early on in the year. They have not had much experience in high school yet, so it makes sense that there would be a gap in understanding between them and upperclassmen. This turns out not to be true, as freshman Keenan Carpenter has found those he met through marching band to be “friendly and understanding, since they were in my shoes not too long ago” and indeed it is true. Although going from freshman to senior feels like a lifetime, it is only four very short years.

Sophomore year is where you would think there to be not much of a difference between other grades. They have more options in their schedules that allow for multiple grades in one class. While options like that are available freshman year, they are much harder to come by than in the year after. And it seems that tenth graders know this very well, as sophomore Joseph Michaels has met many juniors and seniors, from the hockey team, his older brother, and the various classes he is taking this year.

The situation with juniors is very similar to that of sophomores, not being at either extreme end of the year-based totem pole they tend to be in classes with other juniors, as well as sophomores and seniors. One such junior, Nicholas Smathers, met many underclassmen through the theater board, and even if he weren’t involved with that he said “I get around a lot, so I’d probably still know some.”

And while you might expect the seniors to be the furthest from the other classes, just simply being focused on meeting graduation requirements and moving on from high school, this is still not the case. Senior Sydney Hain said that she actually admires the underclassmen she met through the swim team in how they are not as jaded as juniors and seniors tend to be, and how they have a drive that upperclassmen tend to lack – especially when senioritis is taken into account.

So, all in all, it seems that despite what one might think, there is very little disparity (if any) between the four classes of SLHS.

Photo courtesy of Central Catholic

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