Charles County Public High Schools - Fair Graduation 2015
(Reworded from the original text - All concerns and points remain in the new version. No serious changes were made)
Graduating high school is first big step into adulthood. From the timea student enters pre-kindergarten, to the time they take their final exams their senior year, they put forth hard work and dedication to ensure they prepare themselves for the best possible future.If we are forced to graduate at another high school, it would be a huge dishonor to La Plata and all other Charles County high schools. We have worked hard all four years in order to make our graduation an important day. This important day is now being altered. We will have to suck up our pride and graduate at a rival high school.
First of all, North Point High School is not nearly large enough to allow all of the students and their families to graduate in the same room. The way graduation is set up this year, students receive six(now eight- this is new information) tickets, but only four of those tickets will allow attendees access to the gymnasium in which the students will be graduating in. The other two(now 4- this is new information)tickets will be for attendees to watch the graduation on a television in a separate room. At the Upper Marlboro Showplace Arena, the Equestrian Center, there is no such problem. There is enough room for the average-sized family to watch their children graduate all in one place; there are plenty of tickets given to each student, to ensure that all friends and family are able to come to the graduation, and view the ceremony in the same area of the building. There is also enough room for parking as well. North Point High School is not even large enough for cheerleading competitions, so why would it be large enough for a graduation? For some students, this will be the only time they graduate. It is understandable that the students of Charles County Public Schools would want to graduate in a venue where their families and friends will be able to see them in the same room.
Lastly, the senior dues are in question. Senior dues are $50 for each student. Assuming those go towards graduation expenses, it is not believable that it would cost that much money to graduate at North Point. The buses would not have to travel nearly as far, and it is possible that the cost of renting the venue is eliminated. This raises the question: What are senior dues going towards? No one seems to have an answer.