Make Graduation Special

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High School Graduation. A once-in-a-lifetime event representing 12 years of hard work, long sleepless nights, and grueling tests. A goodbye to elementary school childish pranks, middle school crushes, and high school football games. A rite of passage that takes students into the real world and marks the beginning of their contributions to society. Something this special, this monumental is sure to be something students remember for years to come. However, at Plano West, students aren’t allowed to have the best possible graduation or even have any control over the process at all.

Currently, Plano West Senior High School allows 4 student speeches at graduation. However, they are not decided by a panel of judges that hears the speeches beforehand. They are not decided by the popular vote of the students, so the students lose the ability to decide who speaks to them at graduation. They are not even decided by the teachers, the people who know the students the best. They are predesignated as the Senior Class President, Student Council President, Valedictorian, and Salutatorian. This is not to say that these aren’t some of the finest students in the school, but why does that mean they should automatically be awarded the only graduation speeches? Why not the debater who won a national debate tournament? Or the student who won a gold medal for the U.S. internationally in mathematics? Or the kindest, most loved student who relates to and understands the student body the most? There are many other qualified people to speak at graduation and we should not predesignate speakers based solely on grades and elected student representatives. Graduation is a special day for every student and they should have a say in how it goes for them.

If you believe that students deserve the right to have a say in one of the biggest days of their lives, then please sign this petition. If our movement succeeds, the PISD school board will let all students sign up for the chance to give a graduation speech and the student body will vote on who they want to speak at graduation. Whether you are a parent, student, or teacher, please help make this a reality. The strength of the wolf is the pack, and the strength of the pack is the wolf.



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