By: Madison Calloo
On Friday, February 26, seventh period in the cafeteria, an announcement was made by our student council that confirmed the rumors about the graduation gown colors being changed. This decision put a stop to girls wearing a white gown and boys wearing blue while creating a new tradition of everyone wearing one color.
This started an uproar of angry senior students as some didn't agree on the idea of one color. When the rumors first came out seniors took their opinions to social media using the hashtag, “#BMHSGraduation” on twitter. Students even started a petition expressing their disinterest in the change of colors; it was signed by over 300 students.
Some students were clearly frustrated about how the decision was made and finalized so suddenly.
“A choice should have been given of what color they want to wear,” said Kiara Velazquez (‘16) “They should have went about making the decision to change this tradition differently.”
Keily Calderon, president of our student council which whom we voted for, was one of the main people behind this new idea. Calderon opted to not comment at this time.
The anger in most students didn’t stem from the color change specifically, but that they had little say in the matter. In particular, they felt that the majority opinion was unaccounted for.
“As long as I get my high school diploma, I really don't care what color I'm in. But I also believe that we should be more considerate of that small percentage because it may become greater in the future” said Zaria Azor (‘16).
Other opinions were expressed amongst the student body such as Kiara Velazquez (‘16) who said, “a choice should have been given of what color they want to wear. They should have went about making the decision to change this tradition differently”.
Ms. Koroshetz did however address these concerns later during the week meeting with all of the senior english classes in order to put the rumors to rest. The main reason she gave was that it was “time for a change” and that she wanted our class to stand united in one color. She said “segregation got left behind a long time ago” therefore also expressing how proud she was of our student council to come up with such an idea.
Ms. Koroshetz did express her apology to the senior class for how the information was given out and how the decision was made.
Standardized testing is a staple of the application process for the next level of schooling after high school. Whether it be SATs or ACTs, nearly all colleges and universities require some form of nationally mandated test. For some time Connecticut schools have offered PSATs and various other standardized tests for free to students. However, starting this school year Connecticut schools have offered two free SATs. The first SAT was offered to the class of 2016 in November and the new SAT was administered to the class of 2017 this March. These SATs were a great opportunity for all students, but begs the question of how much it costs to offer all these free tests.
Brien McMahon alone has 1,657 students across the 4 grades. If you were to assume that half of the students are juniors and seniors, that would be about 828 students. The cost of the SAT for a student is $52.50, so following this logic, the cost for McMahon alone is $43,470. If you were to expand this across the entire state of 193 high schools the cost begin to run rampant. A $8,389,710 state price tag for standardized tests causes you to think about where this money could be used for elsewhere. Not to say that giving these nearly mandatory tests to people who may not be able to afford them, but by making taking these test a graduation requirement the economic side of these tests should be considered.