For seniors, a day off is just what the doctor ordered

Senior year: the pinnacle of high school life. As the final chapter in a journey marked by countless memories, it is only fitting for seniors to partake in a tradition that has become a rite of passage: Senior Ditch Day.

A treasured event that not only holds immense significance for seniors but also stirs anticipation among underclassmen, Senior Ditch Day represents more than just a day off from school. It serves as a celebration of the achievements and hard work of the graduating class. 

As students approach the end of their high school journey, they deserve a light-hearted break to unwind and reflect on their accomplishments. It is a time to bond with classmates and create lasting memories before venturing into the next chapter of their lives.

Throughout their final year at TPHS, seniors tackle many challenges — from college applications to demanding coursework. Senior Ditch Day offers a reprieve from the pressure, allowing students to recharge their batteries and de-stress. By taking the day off to hang out at the beach, seniors can regain their focus and approach their remaining academic obligations with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

The anticipation of Senior Ditch Day permeates the entire school community, including underclassmen. They eagerly await their turn to experience this cherished tradition, creating a sense of excitement and solidarity. Witnessing the seniors’ exuberance serves as a source of inspiration for younger students, giving them something to look forward to as they progress through their high school journey. The tradition strengthens the bond among students across different grades and fosters a positive atmosphere within the school.

Opponents of the tradition of Senior Ditch Day often champion that the mass absence of the senior class causes schools to lose money in the form of state funding, which is in part based on school attendance. 

While this concern is valid, it is essential to put it into perspective. By having a designated ditch day, seniors may be less inclined to skip on other occasions, which would help to maintain the attendance-based funding for the school. 

Additionally, Senior Ditch Day — which occurs unofficially two times a year at TPHS — falls first on Nov. 1 and second toward the end of the academic year when all major assessments and exams have concluded. Consequently, the impact on educational content and learning could be greater. The benefits gained from this cherished tradition far outweigh the potential financial strain.

Considering the tradition’s potential to mitigate other absences by providing seniors a reprieve from stress, preserving this tradition is vital for students’ overall growth and happiness. 

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