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Freshman Takeover

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photo by Richie Oti

August 9th marked the first day of school. Catching up with friends, seeing your favorite teachers, and seniors celebrating the first last day. But what nobody was ready for was the uproar of freshmen that would be coming into Stafford High School. There are well over 700 freshmen attending the school this year. Seniors are beginning to be very vocal about their annoyance with the underclassmen.

Because of the new environment, freshmen tend to get lost, overwhelmed, and even nervous. Looking for classes in a new building causes them to be slower in the halls which is an issue that irritates upperclassmen. 

“Me personally, 700 plus freshmen is a lot. It doesn’t affect me too much, apart from the fact the hallways get choked, leading to my tardies “, says senior Maribel Knoey. 

— Maribel Knoey

Freshman stop, turn, and freeze with confusion in the halls when transitioning from class to class, which leave many upperclassmen stumped. This seems to be the main issue with the class of 2027. 

Senior Kiara Silva makes her statement, “It takes longer to get to class and teachers are really strict about getting to class on time this year and making it to lunch is a struggle, so I’m either really late to class or not able to eat all my lunch because of all my time wasted”.

“It is very crowded in the hallways and there is just a lot more playing around that I’ve seen. I feel that our school is currently overcrowded and that a new school should have been built to accommodate the amount of new kids that are coming in. The county should have been looking at the numbers because this is not a new problem,” says senior Danielle Williams. 

Though this is a problem, at the end of the day it’s something that most likely won’t ever be dealt with by the school board. All we can do as upperclassmen is provide tips to the freshmen. Start using side stairwells, step to the far side of the hall when you get lost, or ask someone for directions to your class. 

Although it may seem the Freshman are taking over, as a school we need to remember the levels of seniority. Freshman: the babies, Sophomores: flying under the radar, Juniors: too cool for school, Seniors: top dogs; so freshmen grab your rattles and stay in your lane (literally).

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Kyla Knott, Writer
Hello! Im Kyla Knott, Senior, Smoke Signal staff member. This is my first year working on the Smoke Signal, But I've been doing Journalism all my high school years. A fun fact about me would be that I enjoy hosting small get together.
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