There are many high school traditions valued by students, and seniors are typically the most likely to participate. But an appreciation for these practices has shifted from an enjoyable way to cherish high school to a competitive race to be remembered in one of the most notorious high school traditions: superlatives.
The senior superlatives nomination form was recently released. Eager to participate, the class of 2018 stormed social media platforms to advertise for their chosen superlatives; friends began nominating friends and the race for the coveted titles began. At first, the practice was as intended: a friendly competition between students. But as the advertising progressed, tensions rose between classmates and dispute began to take the place of amicability.
The question we must ask ourselves is this: do senior superlatives matter enough to cause such conflict? The class of 2018 is comprised of over 500 students eager to gain a title; but with only 37 categories to fill, the feat of being selected becomes more difficult. That being said, it is no surprise that the class has been so competitive with their nominations; but the arguments that have ensued seem unnecessary. The significance of being recognized as “Most Likely to be Mistaken as a Freshman” or “Cutest Couple,” while honorary, will have little to no impact on students’ successes in the future.
“I think it’s absurd for people to fight over nominations,” class of 2018 president Jessica Less said. “Like, I myself am nominated for something, and yes, I want to win; but I know that if I don’t, it’s fine. It doesn’t mean anything, it doesn’t define you as a person. I think it’s crazy for people to fight about it because there’s no point.”
However, some still believe that the tradition is a healthy part of CCHS student life. The ability to gain recognition for a trait that one has demonstrated throughout their four years is cherished by many. The honor can give students confidence and give them something to remember after high school.
“I definitely think it is a valued and important, tradition,” senior Lexi Delgado said. “For years, high schools have been voting on senior superlatives; my mom tells me [about] the ones that she won in high school. It’s meant for good fun, and it’s a way for students to show what they feel is a great characteristic about themselves.”
While a great way for seniors to make long-lasting memories, the superlative awards seem to have caused more harm than good. In order to remain civil, superlative nominations – and the students involved – should be seen as a friendly event. The tradition of senior class superlatives, while a memorable experience for students, should be taken less seriously. If the students continue to foster the competitive nature of the event, it not only loses its fun qualities but leaves students feeling bitter. In order to preserve the enjoyment of this pastime, students should consider it more of a lighthearted activity than an aggressive contest.
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