Meet Ladarius Sapho. Tomorrow, the 18-year-old is graduating from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, with the best grades in his class. Having achieved a weighted grade-point average of 4.135 thanks to kicking ass in his honors classes, Sapho should be a shoe-in for Valedictorian and had even prepared his speech for the big day. But early last week, school Principal Tony Valente called Sapho and the expected Salutatorian (who has the second best grades in the class) into his office to deliver a crushing blow — neither was eligible for the titles after all, because they had both started at the school as sophomores after moving into the district. Allegedly, there’s a policy that requires that valedictorians/salutatorians must have attended the school for at least seven semesters to receive the honors.
“I was gonna be number one, valedictorian of 2014. I was going to be giving the speech at graduation,” said Sapho in an interview with FOX 32 Chicago. “You’re gonna tell me just two weeks before graduation? I had a speech ready, I was ready to give this speech, practicing and he tells me I can’t be number one.” Keep reading »
By now you’ve heard about the 63 students who were arrested at Teaneck High School in New Jersey for a senior prank that veered off-course into straight-up vandalism. Nearly one-fifth of the senior class broke into the school overnight on Wednesday to pee on the floors, smear petroleum jelly on doorknobs, overturn chairs and desks, and leave raw eggs and hot dogs scattered about. These geniuses set off an alarm at 2 a.m. and got busted by police. Now the
parents pranksters are facing criminal mischief and burglary charges, which could possibly effect potential scholarships. This reminded me of an aborted senior prank some girl in my class tried. She got caught stealing the janitor’s keys (what she intended to do with them, I don’t know) and got suspended. She had been accepted into Columbia University and when they heard about her prank, they rescinded her offer. No one really felt bad for her because it was hella dumb.
Did any Frisky readers have a senior prank? How did it go? Did you get caught? What happened? [NorthJersey.com] [Image of a dunce via Shutterstock]
Dear Young Women On My Subway Car Yesterday,
I remember high school, a small world in which everyone feels like a character in an epic drama. A place where peers pass judgement and share hearsay as entertainment. Where few consider the appropriateness or repercussions of their conversations. Yesterday, the two of you stood in a New York City subway car and gossiped loudly about a classmate, making the entire subway car uncomfortable, especially as the story was about a teenage girl having sex in a public place. You laughed at her confusion about a possible pregnancy even though a condom was used. You proceeded to tell the intimate details of what she and her partner had done. I won’t share those details because my intention is not to shame the subject of your conversation. And besides, I have no right. Keep reading »
High school yearbook photos are usually atrocious. Memories of standing up against a fake brick wall or leaning over a ladder (just like we do at home all the time) still haunt us. But at South Korea’s Jeonju Haesung High School, students are apparently allowed to do whatever. The results are much better than your average yearbook portrait. Check out more photos on Huffington Post…
Yesterday at a Richardson High School assembly in Texas, students got some … interesting … relationship advice. Motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo — now appropriately deemed #LookADouche by the students — shared questionable “tips” such as telling students that “dateable girls know how to shut up.”
I’m sure that went over wonderfully with fragile 14-year-olds’ self-esteem. Keep reading »
Gone are the days when a nun rushes between you and your date at a school dance, reminding you to leave six inches for the baby Jesus. Now schools are just straight-up banning “provocative dance movements” like grinding and twerking … meaning a lot of teens don’t have any sweet moves anymore. Keep reading »
An Ohio high school student was suspended for — of all reasons — writing a poem about his feelings. Sixteen-year-old Nick Andre, who plays defensive end on the football team, was just doing his composition homework. The assignment? To write a poem about something that makes you angry. So, Nick wrote a poem entitled Stupid about his team’s losing streak. Keep reading »
Teen movies from the ’80s are basically the winter of our discontent. Why wasn’t high school that cool when we were slogging through 11th grade? The 1987 documentary “All American High” takes a look at the high school oeuvre through the eyes of a foreign exchange student from Finland. Filmmaker Keva Rosenfeld explores the punks, preps and “metalers” of Torrance High School’s class of 1984, and, boy, does it look amazing. So much hair spray! So many popped collars! The film was shown on the festival circuit back in the ’80s, but was recently remastered and is making the rounds once again. So far, there have only been screenings in Los Angeles, but fingers crossed the film will make its way across the country. [Facebook]
For a long time, eyebrow-arching and pearl-clutching over “hookup culture” has focused on young women: they will feel used by young men and come to believe they can only derive value in themselves from their sexuality. Such concerns have been roundly and fairly criticizing as portraying young women as victims lacking in agency, or worse, in need of a paternalistic watchful eye.
There has been less of a focus on how hookup culture affects young men. According to a piece by the usually-spot-on journalist Abigail Pesta, writing for NBCnews.com, there is “an increasing confusion among boys about how to behave” and experts say “boys who engage in this kind of sexualized behavior say they have no intention to be hostile or demeaning — precisely the opposite. While they admit they are pushing limits, they also think they are simply courting.”
Oh dear. Keep reading »