Editorials and Opinions

Teams and clubs tackle grade barriers

By Denebola
Published: November 2007
By Lily Simon
At my summer camp, every staff member was treated equally. We were one team, one community barring any age differences. My best friend was a year older than me, and another good friend was entering his sophomore year in college.
If age is such a small factor in communities like camps, why does it play such a big role in schools?
Of course, there are obvious separations. Most students are not in core classes with younger or older students, leaving potential inter-grade bonding for electives.
Cliques generally form within these barriers. By definition, cliques are exclusive. Everyone should be content with the number of friends they have, but they should be open to getting to know people outside of their comfort zone.
Another large factor is that students may not want to interact with younger or older kids.
When I turned 16, I felt considerably older than 15. The thing is that “sweet 16″ isn’t all that sweet, and I now fantasize about being 17 and finally being a senior. Don’t students of all ages have this longing?
Freshman want to be sophomores, sophomores want to be juniors and juniors want to be seniors. It’s this feeling that separates us, along with the feeling that younger is inferior.
Our school breaks this stereotype in many ways. Getting involved in clubs, sports teams, and plays unify students.
Everyone can be equal if they are working together to reach a specific goal, whether it be winning states or raising enough money for a charitable cause.
During my freshman year, I ran cross-country and track. Students from different age groups connected during a long season of meets and training. I befriended a junior who treated me as an equal, and we still are close friends.
Currently, I am in December Cabaret for my second year in a row.
Last year, as part of that group, I saw students in many different grades share one voice, harmonize, belt, and dance through three great performances. This year, I can only hope we unite just as much.
To freshman-or even sophomores and juniors-who are too nervous to try out for a play or walk into a community service club, I assure you that you are missing out.
In most of these cases, age really doesn’t matter unless you have the attitude that you really are inferior. I doubt that is the case.

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