Friday, 08 January 2010 00:00
As a 2009 graduate of Schreiber, the letter “Put an End to Publishing the High School Honor Roll” upset me. I was one of the students who earned a place on the honor roll every semester. I always did my best in school and seeing my name in the Port Washington News was an added bonus. Ms. Hamper-Gilmore’s assumption that people in my generation are so apathetic about what is happening in their town that they won’t read the newspaper was hurtful. I never looked for people who weren’t on the list. That was not a goal for me, and it was not why I read the Port Washington News.
She states in her letter that having the honor roll listed in the paper “creates an undue stress for families.” While I can’t speak for other families, I know that in mine, the emphasis was never on having my name in the paper, it was on making sure that both my sister and I performed to the best of our abilities. She mentioned in her letter that we should save celebrating personal achievements for graduation. Anyone who has been to a Schreiber graduation knows how long the ceremony is. Sitting in the middle of Seeber field, students are either baking in the sun, pelted by rain, or both, as we were this past June. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be sitting at graduation thinking about what I have just accomplished and then hearing the names of the honor roll recipients, and not my own. I would be so discouraged, and honestly I would wonder if I were truly prepared for the next step in my education. I ask that the paper considers the feelings of those that are listed in the paper because maybe it is the only acknowledgement they get from a school into which they put so much effort.