Allow students to wear the unique representation of their activities and accomplishments at graduation rather than uniform gold cords.

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For the past four years, Lake Braddock Secondary School's Class of 2015 has been contributing to their communities and growing in education. Many have gone above and beyond by joining and excelling at honor societies that offer the opportunity to earn cords to wear at graduation. These decorations are a physical representation of the work and service the students have put into their school, their organizations, their community, and themselves.

This year, however, administration is going to make the graduates wear a gold cord for each honor society that they earned a decoration. A sea of purple gowns and gold cords to umbrella accomplishments should not represent Lake Braddock on June 17th. To push aside the visible accumulation of the time students spent using their talents and skills to grow into independent, self-motivated young adults is a disgrace to the students, parents, teachers, and all others who supported the graduates in their high school endeavors.

Honor societies such as National Art Honor Society (NAHS) have already protested this movement by offering to use their own student-raised funds to purchase their unique cords. Administration has denied the efforts to represent their organization at graduation.

The problem of parents purchasing cords for their student without the student having participated is an insult to the students that have actually earned their decorations, but posing as a member does not erase the organization's identity. A uniform gold cord is not only easier to find for purchase (and it would be easier to order multiple cords), it undermines and eliminates the myriad of extracurriculars offered by Lake Braddock.

In all, forcing graduates to wear gold cords instead of their organizations' decorations erases the organizations’ identity, insults the supporters of the graduates' extracurricular activities, and can actually encourage the purchase of fraudulent cords. Please sign to allow the Class of 2015 to celebrate their different accomplishments at graduation.

 To read the formal letter, please click here.


*disclaimer* This petition is not officially endorsed by the club sponsors of any honors societies or clubs, and was made on the students' own accord

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