How to have fun as a senior in high school

How to have fun as a senior in high school

Your senior year of high school is a bit of a rollercoaster. You start out frazzled, frantically finalizing your college applications while trying to keep your grades up. Then, after it’s all over, you slide into senioritis. While this process is perfectly natural, your senior year is a year to prepare for your next steps as well as enjoy your last year as a high school student.

We talked to the Peterson’s team about what they did–or what they wish they had done–to make their senior year of high school count, and rounded up five ways you can make the most of your senior year.

1. Get excited about college

Once all of your college applications have been sent, you’ve received your acceptance letters, and decided on your school, it’s easy to slip college to the back of your mind after stressing over it so much. However, now is the time to get excited about it!

“I made it count academically by becoming best friends with the guidance counselor to help prepare with scholarships. This kept me excited and thinking about the future, keeping me from slacking,” said Colt Springer, Junior Account Executive at Peterson’s.

Like Springer, you can look into your scholarship opportunities to keep yourself engaged. You can also look into the classes you may want to take, clubs you will want to get involved in, even ways you will want to decorate your dorm room. Trust us, this is when the process gets fun!

How to have fun as a senior in high schoolJason Natzke, Videographer at Peterson’s, during his senior year of high school.

2. Try something new that’s offered at your school

Your senior year is your last chance to take advantage of any activities offered at your school that you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t gotten around to. Do you want to join a sports team? Try out! Do you want to learn a new language? Take one of your school’s language classes as an elective, or join a language club.

In the case of David Wilson, DevOps Engineer at Peterson’s, he took it upon himself to try out for the school play, which happened to intermix with his social experimentation.

“I played Jonathan Rockwood in January Thaw. It was my first (and only) play, and it was good, but I didn’t get the girl who I was trying to impress when I signed up for the play,” said Wilson.

3. Don’t let your grades slip

We know senioritis is real and staying motivated in school can be hard in the spring semester of your senior year, but there are a lot of consequences to letting your grades slip. First, if your GPA drops too much, there is the possibility that your college will retract their offer. In less-scary news, slacking on your academics your senior year of high school will make the transition to college a lot harder, as your classes will be even more difficult. Working on good study and organization skills will only help you when you get to college.

“I believe I actually partied too hard my senior year and let my academics slip. I know it wouldn’t have made a difference in my school choice, but I think more extracurricular and academic involvement my senior year in high school would have better set me up for success for my freshman year of college,” said Adam Robertson, Senior UX/UI and Front-End Developer at Peterson’s.

How to have fun as a senior in high schoolAngela Forhan, Junior Account Executive at Peterson’s, at her senior prom.

4. Enjoy the time with your true friends

Soon, you and your high school friends will all be going your separate ways and won’t be able to see each other on a daily basis. Make the most of this last year and the extra time you have after the application cycle by spending quality time with your friends that you see yourself being close to throughout your adult life. Participate in the senior activities with them, and do your favorite activities and traditions together.

“Oddly enough, today I’m closer with friends from outside my ‘party circle’ and I feel like I didn’t spend nearly enough time with them my senior year,” said Robertson.

At my high school, a memorable tradition was “senior sunset.” The seniors watched the sun set over the hills together, and then the juniors watched it rise the next morning. This marked our transition and was a fun, memorable, and metaphorical way to spend time together.

How to have fun as a senior in high schoolTaylor Sienkiewicz, Multimedia Journalist at Peterson’s, at a high school football game.

5. Consider taking a local college course

While taking a local college course may sound ambitious, chances are you have some free time in your schedule as a senior. Often, high school seniors have a “free period” since they have fulfilled enough credits to graduate without taking a full course load their senior year. Why not fill in the gap by taking a class or two at a local college or nearby community college? This way, you can get a headstart on your credits and prepare for the format of a college course.

“In addition to my regular coursework, I took a class at a local college. Got me ready for college-level work and a few extra credits to start college ahead of the game,” said Matthew Gazda, Research and Publishing Manager at Peterson’s.

Many seniors are also able to graduate a bit early, giving them time to set themselves up for college through classes and work experience.

“I finished high school a semester early and used my last semester to start earning college credits at my local community college and worked to save up money for my first study abroad program,” said Michaela Miller, Junior Software Developer at Peterson’s.

Your senior year will likely be your most memorable year of high school. You will have a final year to spend with friends you may have known since elementary school, a year to prepare for college, and a year to enjoy this closing chapter of your life. Make the most of it!

How to have fun as a senior in high school

A good list of yearbook superlatives can quickly become one of the most talked about sections of your book. Do it well enough a couple years in a row, and students will talk for weeks about which senior will win which award. And—what’s more—they’ll try to figure out themselves which new superlative you’ve added to the mix.

All this to say, you’ll want to make sure you have a great list of yearbook superlatives for seniors… and everyone else.

In fact, that might just be why you’re here. So, let’s cut to the chase. We’ve pulled together a list of 112 yearbook superlatives for seniors, middle schoolers, and elementary school students.

Sure, there’s a roster of classics that you don’t need help coming up with. But adding a few wildcard superlatives—ones that are either culturally relevant or break from tradition—can be an awesome way to excite your students and make your book stand out. So, read on. We’re about to dive in.

Senior Superlative Ideas for Any High School Yearbook

  1. Life of the Party
  2. Most Likely to Be President
  3. Most Likely to Cure the Common Cold
  4. Most Likely to Write the next Harry Potter
  5. Most Likely to Win the Lottery and lose the ticket
  6. Most Likely to Be on a Reality Show
  7. Most Likely to Be Late to Graduation
  8. Most Likely to Trip at Graduation
  9. Most Likely to Be Your Boss
  10. Most Changed Since Freshman Year
  11. Most Likely to Invent the Next iPhone
  12. Most Likely to Win an Olympic Medal
  13. Most Likely to Win a Nobel Prize
  14. Most Likely to Win a Pulitzer
  15. Most Outspoken
  16. Best Voice
  17. Best Beard
  18. Most Unique
  19. Best Rapper
  20. Best Car
  21. Best Snapchat Stories
  22. Best Promposal
  23. Worst Singer
  24. Most Likely to Become Internet Famous
  25. Best Facial Expressions
  26. Best Sneeze
  27. Most Likely to Travel the World
  28. Most Likely to Become a Farmer
  29. Most Likely to Come Back to Teach at This School
  30. Best Candidate for the CIA
  31. Most Environmentally Conscious
  32. Class Activist
  33. Class Heartthrobs
  34. Class Heartbreakers
  35. Biggest Flirts
  36. Most Intellectual
  37. Best Comebacks
  38. Best Gamer
  39. Best Sneakers
  40. Best Photographer
  41. Most Likely to be on Catfish
  42. Worst Driver
  43. Most Likely to be Found Studying in the Library
  44. Cutest Couple That Never Was
  45. Worst Case of Senioritis
  46. Best Bromance

Yearbook Superlatives for Elementary School Students

  1. Silliest Joke Teller
  2. Strongest Speller
  3. Best Story Teller
  4. Most Caring
  5. Neatest Cubby
  6. Best Line Leader
  7. Best Handwriting
  8. Best Note Taker
  9. Most Courteous
  10. Most Likely to Get the Teacher off Topic
  11. Strongest Aloud Reader
  12. Best School Citizen
  13. Best Sharer
  14. Most Creative
  15. Field Day MVP
  16. Best Helper
  17. Most likely to have perfect Attendance
  18. Most fun at recess
  19. Best attitude
  20. Most likely to be sorted into Gryffindor
  21. Most likely to become a ninja
  22. Most likely to be an evil scientist

Middle School Yearbook Superlatives List

  1. Best Group Project Leader
  2. Best Locker
  3. Best Performer
  4. Most Artistic
  5. Most organized
  6. Biggest Drama King/Queen
  7. Best Snap Chatter
  8. Most Likely to be BFF
  9. Most likely to be caught sleeping in class
  10. Most likely to walk into a wall texting
  11. Most likely to become a politician
  12. Most likely to become a teacher
  13. Most likely to win The Wheel
  14. Most likely to win Chopped
  15. Most likely to be found in the library
  16. Best Group Project Leader
  17. Best Locker
  18. Most Talkative
  19. Biggest Gossip
  20. Best person to be stranded with on a desert island
  21. Most likely to fight aliens… and win
  22. Best nickname
  23. Most likely to get their picture on the $20 bill
  24. Most likely to beat Michael Jordan’s records
  25. Most likely to dance in a Beyonce video
  26. Most likely to survive The Hunger Games

Tried and True Superlatives for Any School

  1. Friendliest
  2. Best Hair
  3. Best Eyes
  4. Most Likely to Succeed
  5. Best Personality
  6. Best Dressed
  7. Class Clown
  8. Most Athletic
  9. Loudiest
  10. Quietest
  11. Cutest Couple
  12. Most school spirit
  13. Most ambitious
  14. Most likely to cheer you up
  15. Teacher’s Pet
  16. Best Laugh
  17. Best Smile
  18. Best Accent
  19. Biggest Prankster
  20. Most Gullible

A good yearbook superlatives list will give you a bunch of great ideas for your yearbook, but it’ll also give you inspiration for funny superlatives unique to your school.

Whether you choose to copy parts of the list for your own yearbook superlatives page or plan to use the list to generate ideas, a good set of superlatives will give your students a reason to talk about your book before—and after—it’s distributed.

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Are you one of the “brave ones” who is facing, and planning on, teaching your child at home through high school?

Actually homeschooling through high school isn’t as scary up close as it seemed when you might have been contemplating it years ago. My personal experience is that, when it was time, God provided whatever courses/teachers/programs we needed. Just NOT before!

A solid, college-bound high school program these days should include a core curriculum of math (4 years), science (3-4 years), English/Literature/Language Arts (4 years), Social Studies (3-4 years) and foreign language (3-4 years).

The Power of Electives in Your Student’s High School Plan

How to have fun as a senior in high schoolNormally, electives are not as rigorous as classes in the core curriculum, but they are often at least as interesting and fun (or maybe even more so!)… Thoughtfully-chosen electives can be very powerful tools for your student for a variety of reasons. For one thing, they are often the major way teens make “real life connections” to their education (think of the “Why do we have to learn this, anyway?” question). Additionally, they are a way to:

  1. round out your student’s education,
  2. introduce them to a future career possibility, or
  3. help them develop interests, talents or gifts they have.

If you’re getting ready to get classes going this year, you’ve most likely gotten your basics down pat. However, you may be scratching your head as to what to study to fill out a useful semester.

The list of creative electives below is just the tip of the iceberg

I’m presenting it here to hopefully get your creative juices going! If you find something interesting here, your next step would be to develop a program of study on your own (unit study style) or search for a pre-made curriculum. Whatever route you take, make sure to keep records of time spent, materials used, projects completed and any other effort put forth, in the form of a paper document or portfolio. You will want to have a record available when it’s time to get those transcripts ready for college!

  • auto mechanics
  • childcare
  • work study
  • horticulture
  • small business-related
  • in the south – battle re-enactments
  • fashion concepts – design, construction, marketing, etiquette
  • CPR certification
  • photography (beginner and advanced)
  • music – learning an instrument or studying specific time periods
  • sculpting
  • calligraphy
  • cosmetology
  • nutrition
  • cooking – meal planning, cost of food, nutrition, dietary guidelines
  • sign language
  • wood-working – from building small items (bookshelves) to constructing larger projects
  • marathon training
  • writing – journalism, news reporting, novels, children’s books
  • art
  • political process – campaigning
  • animal husbandry
  • interior decorating
  • landscaping
  • typing
  • theater
  • filmmaking
  • animation
  • website design
  • video game design

Additionally, HSLDA has an exceptional article on utilizing both electives and extra-curricular activities in a well-balanced high school program.

Posted by Kayla Rutledge

How to have fun as a senior in high schoolAh, senior spirit week. The week every high school student has been waiting for since freshman year! How will it ever live up to the hype? Thankfully, one of these 30 ideas will be a perfect fit for your senior class.

  1. Senior Sleep-In – What student doesn’t want a morning off? Let your senior students skip the first period of the day for a sleep-in.
  2. Locker Decorations – Ask parents and friends to decorate the outside of each senior’s locker the Friday before Senior Week. Use heartwarming pictures, stickers and positive notes.
  3. College Spirit Day – Have each student dress in their college gear for one day of the week. At lunch, gather students into groups based on their college or career choice.
  4. Off-Campus Lunch – If your school doesn’t allow students to eat lunch off-campus, relax the rules for Senior Week.
  5. Senior Sunrise – Provide free breakfast for your seniors as a special treat during Senior Week.

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  1. Costumes – Consider assigning a fun costume theme to each day of the week. Need some ideas? Check out our 75 spirit day ideas.
  2. Pep Rally – Throw a pep rally to celebrate your seniors and their hard work over the past four years. Involve the seniors in the planning and give each club or group an opportunity to participate. Genius Tip: Plan an energetic rally with these pep rally ideas for spirit week.
  3. Door Decoration Contest – Let each senior homeroom decorate the door of their classroom to express their spirit. The homeroom that wins receives a prize!
  4. Parking Lot Art – Have teachers, parents and younger students decorate the parking spaces of senior students with chalk.
  5. Class Change Dance Party – Play music over the loudspeakers during class changes for a fun atmosphere.
  6. Early Release – Let seniors out 15 minutes early every day of Spirit Week so they can avoid the school parking lot traffic.

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  1. Talent Show – Host a talent show for seniors to show off their special skills before graduation.
  2. Duct Tape the Principal – Raise money for a good cause by letting seniors pay $1 each for a strip of duct tape to secure your principal or school administrators to the wall for the day.
  3. Posters – Let seniors make posters and banners to hang in hallways. Allow them to include inside jokes, school cheers, and positive references to the senior class!
  4. Senior Symposium – Make your seniors feel good about their achievements by hosting a “Senior Symposium” where they can advise younger students about high school and the college application process.

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  1. Field Day – Take it back to everyone’s favorite day of elementary school by holding a traditional field day with fun games and events that seniors can participate in.
  2. Senior Superlatives – Rather than simply assigning senior superlatives, host an assembly where you hand them out and students get to cheer for (and laugh along with) their friends!
  3. Advice Wall – Create an advice wall where seniors can put sticky notes with everything they’ve learned over the past four years.
  4. Senior Singing Valentines – Recruit your school choir to go around delivering singing valentines from one senior to another!
  5. Movie Day – Create a free period where your senior homerooms can kick back and watch a movie.
  6. Senior Stories – Host an informal comedy show where teachers get to tell funny stories about the seniors from experiences with them over the past four years!
  7. Senior Announcements – Let a group of seniors take over the morning announcements for the week and put a fun spin on it.
  8. Future Self – Have each senior write a letter to him/herself in a year. Send them out to the students the next year so they can see how much they’ve grown.
  9. Lunch Break – Take a poll to find the senior class’ favorite restaurant and order free lunch for your senior class!

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  1. College Advice – Host a fun Q&A where teachers and staff members can give college advice to your seniors.
  2. Lock-In – Host a lock-in and let seniors stay the night in your school. Plan games and activities for them to enjoy and have fun together.
  3. Senior Picnic – Turn the football field into a giant picnic for your seniors.
  4. Bring Your Pet to School – If your senior class is small enough, let them bring their pets in for a class period so everyone can snuggle with cute cats and dogs!
  5. Donation Race – See which grade can raise the most money for a cause that is important to your school. Your seniors will feel a sense of camaraderie, and you’ll fundraise for a good cause!
  6. No Dress Code Day – This is a little risky, but if you think your seniors can handle it, relax the dress code for a day and let your students wear hats, shorts, etc. as a fun treat.

With just a few of these fun ideas, you will celebrate your seniors and show appreciation for all of their hard work.

Kayla Rutledge is a college student who spends most of her time writing, singing for her church and eating quesadillas.

As the college Class of 2019 gears up for their last year of high school, there are a lot of emotions and uncertainties about what the next year — and the four years after that — will bring. High school seniors are on the brink of making some of the biggest decisions of their lives, and for many students and their parents, it will feel as if this moment came sooner than they anticipated.

The previous three years of high school went by in the blink of an eye, and senior year will be no different. Navigating the final year of high school can be eerily similar to the first, with a lot of nerves and high expectations for the “best year ever.”

Senior year of high school lends a lot of “lasts,” but for the first time students will be navigating the college admissions process while trying to make the most of what’s left of high school. Students: Start senior year focused and prepared by knowing what to expect and how to resolve any challenges you may face.

Here’s what to expect senior year, and how to handle it:

Your grades STILL matter. Just because colleges may initially only see your first semester grades doesn’t mean that the rest of the year doesn’t matter. Colleges look at grades from all four years of high school, even if colleges don’t see senior year grades right away. Colleges will require you to submit a final grade report, and poor grades senior year can keep you out of your dream college. Some colleges have even been known to rescind acceptances if your final transcript shows a sharp drop in grades.

Stay focused on finishing out the year strong and keep your grades up! If you already have an A average, maintain it. If you’re somewhere between a B and A, work hard to bring it up! Colleges will notice that you’re working hard and that you have the maturity to handle a college course load.

Senioritis will hit — fight it. Whether it strikes mid-fall semester at the height of application season, or next semester when school seems to be winding down, the plague known as “senioritis” — a slide in motivation and classroom performance — will affect you. It’s important to know that senioritis, while playfully named, is no joke. As I said before, colleges can rescind your offer of admission if your performance drops. Also, succumbing to senioritis can leave you ill prepared for a college course load, as you can get used to putting in the bare minimum to get by — which won’t fly next year.

So what’s the cure? Set realistic goals throughout the school year and work to attain them! Whether it’s an A in a challenging course, preparing for a competition or volunteering more often, working toward simple goals will keep you on track for a great finish to senior year.

You will be busy, so stay organized! Balancing a tough course load, college applications, extracurriculars and all the final activities that come with senior year will be an enormous challenge. Time management is essential to your success, especially as you dive deep into those college applications.

Keep a detailed agenda with important deadlines, test dates and other obligations you’ll have throughout the school year. Set aside blocks of time for studying, extracurriculars and college applications. Putting it in writing will hold you accountable and keep your schedule organized.

College applications will be due sooner than you thought. Jan. 1 application deadlines — and even November Early Decision deadlines — may seem too far off to worry about now, but they’re really only a few weeks away. It’s important to get started on your applications as soon as possible, as you’ll need plenty of time to refine your essays, gather letters of recommendation and finalize your activity list and resume.

Don’t take these lightly! While it may not seem like a lot of work now, if you’re scrambling the day before your apps are due, you’re bound to make careless mistakes and forget to include certain details or materials.

It’ll be exciting — and emotional. There will be a lot of lasts this year. Last first day of school, last homecoming, last football game, etc. It’s easy to get caught up in the nostalgia, especially as the reality of the end of high school begins to set in. It will be an emotional year as you prepare for college and begin to say goodbye to your school, teachers and friends, but it’s going to be fun!

Just as you make time for schoolwork, make time for friends and fun. Senior year is important as it’s the stepping-stone to college, but it’s also an important time to spend with family and friends, making memories before you head off in different directions. Stay focused on academics but also embrace opportunities you have to make the most of your last year.

During your senior year, you’ll make some great memories. You’ll stress over college applications, exams and graduation. You’ll experience disappointment — whether it’s a college rejection or losing a big game for the last time. Senior year requires students to do a lot of growing up in a short amount of time, but with support from your parents, friends and teachers, you’ll make it through ready to tackle the next chapter of your life.

How to have fun as a senior in high school

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This article was originally written for by Alicia Sforza

As senior year is starting to come to a close, grad invites are being sent out, caps and gowns are being measured and ordered, and college orientation dates are being set up. It’s hard to suppress the feeling of nostalgia that keeps creeping up on you. Between being excited for the next chapter of your life — whatever that might be — and being sad knowing you may never see some of the people you’ve been seeing every day ever again, this can be a very confusing time. Every graduating senior though is looking back and wishing they had done these things.

1. Applied for more scholarships

Although it’s everyday knowledge that college is expensive, I still cringe when I think about my first year tuition. I hate to even think it but my mom’s constant nagging of “Have you been applying for scholarships?” may have actually been beneficial. I mean there are people out there giving away free money! If only there was a scholarship for watching hours of Netflix while questioning every life decision you’ve made, am I right?

2. Bought a senior parking pass

If you went to a high school anything like the one I attended you have two options your senior year: buy a senior parking pass (hopefully early enough so that there are still some left) or walk at least four blocks every morning. Living in Minnesota — when the weather seems to only be decent once a year for about an hour — that four blocks can make or break your day. So it doesn’t surprise me that when I asked some of my classmates what they wish they had done their senior year, buying a senior parking pass was one of the most popular answers.

3. Go out more

The number one thing that I’ve heard people say they wish they had done their senior year was go out more. The saying is true “you’re only young once,” and your senior year is supposed to be filled with adventures with friends and nights you won’t be able to forget. No matter if you go out every weekend or are more comfortable staying home curled up on the couch watching Netflix, it’s inevitable that as senior year comes to a close you’ll wish you took all the opportunities given to you and then some to go out.

4. Stayed at that one party a little longer

Either the few times you’ve gone out or the few hundreds of times you’ve gone out, it always seems as if the most exciting things happen after you leave. The next morning you’re constantly trying to play catch-up as your friends recap the craziness that was the night before.

5. Spend more time with family

The sad fact is no matter how much we prepare ourselves for moving out next year, we’re bound to feel that bitter sting of loneliness. Knowing that some of us will be possibly hundreds of miles away from our family next year really makes me wish I would’ve taken my mom up on those offers to go to a movie with her on a Friday night.

6. Visited more college campuses

If you’re anything like me, you had one set college in your mind and once you got accepted that was it. I didn’t bother to look at any other colleges or visit any other colleges than just the one I had my heart set on. Now that I’m nearing the end of my senior year though — and I’m hearing about all of the diverse and far away colleges some of my classmates are going to — I can’t help but wonder if my decision was a good one.

7. Tried something new

Maybe it was a new sport, a new club, or even a challenging class that you may have considered for a day and then never signed up. Unfortunately, now there won’t be another chance to sign up for these. At least I learned this lesson before college and will take full advantage of all of the extracurricular activities that will be offered to me there.

8. Participated more in school activities

That homecoming week when I thought I was too cool for pajama day or that time when I didn’t feel like going out to buy Hawaiian themed accessories for the basketball game are really coming back to haunt me. Those were the few times when it was completely okay, even encouraged, to look ridiculous and I completely took it for granted. Participating in fun school activities should’ve been a highlight of my high school career.

9. Taken easier classes

Being on the cusp of finals week, as well as receiving transcripts to send out for scholarships and colleges, it becomes quite apparent that many of the classes I’ve been stressing over this past year were completely unnecessary. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about challenging myself but your senior year is supposed to be filled with last-minute memories, not last-minute breakdowns before class.

10. Spent more time with your friends

When I think of leaving for college I think about how hard it’ll be to leave my family, but I rarely remember that the friends that I’ve made will also be leaving and could possibly be further away from me than my family is. With goodbyes in the very near future, I’m realizing how much I’ll miss these people and how much I wish I had spent more time with them.

11. Worked on developing better study habits

When you think about it, high school is like practice and college is the big game. If only I took advantage of this “practice time” when I could. What are Cornell Notes again? Oh, and planners, uh you write in those, right?

12. Have more fun

I realize this is sort of a broad point, but this is our last year without having the added stress of college finances, internships, and other stresses that come with college. This is the last year we have to truly be a kid and let go for a whole weekend if we want. Though it’s important to get good grades, I wish I had found a way to balance this last year of high school and the last year of not having multiple responsibilities.

13. Thank the influential people in my life

I’m entitled to one sappy post, right? The one thing I ultimately wish I would’ve done my senior year is recognize and thank all of the people who have helped me get through my high school career. Whether it’s my mother, whose constant nagging ensured that I had all of my homework done in time; my sixth grade homeroom teacher, who would always compliment my writing; or even my friends, who kept me sane through some of the worst times. Before you know it, it gets too late and you can’t thank these people for the role they had in making you the person you are.

How to have fun as a senior in high school

I was talking about this concept on my Twitterz the other day, and people freaked out: a lot of high schools in America still hold an annual “Senior Slave Auction” in which seniors are auctioned off as slaves for a day (or a night, or whatever.) Seriously, Google it! This happens, in the USA!

The basic concept is this: other students in the school put up cash money to hang out with a senior, and the senior has to do whatever the students want (within reason). The proceeds generally go to a “charitable” cause (one private Christian high school did a senior slave auction this year to raise money for the senior class trip to Paris.)

Besides the obvious racial overtones, there’s perhaps an even greater suggestion of potential sexual…stuff. In reality, it generally seems to amount to “making” boys dress like girls and do silly dance routines (you’ll find a lot of this if you delve into it online) and “making” people wash cars and carry out other menial duties. It’s all fully consensual and done in a spirit of fun — but I think there’s a reason a lot of schools just call it “Senior Auction Day” or “Senior Appreciation Day” now.

I was hesitant to post tweets and Facebook photos related to this phenomenon because it was sometimes difficult or impossible to tell if the students involved were at least 18. I know that stuff is public once it hits the public Facebooks and Twitterz and the such, but I’m super-uncomfortable with embarrassing underage kids or holding them up for public scolding/mockery (and I don’t even know if I’m scolding or mocking!)

Now here’s my question, and I genuinely want to spark respectful discussion in the comments: does the idea of American kids participating in a Senior Slave Auction make you feel weird or uncomfortable in any way? Or is discomfort at this idea just an example of politically correct bullcrap infringing on kids’ rights to have fun? It’s worth noting that while the majority of kids pictured in Senior Slave Auction-related paraphernalia online seem to be white, there are kids of various ethnic and racial backgrounds involved in these stunts. And these fundraisers seem to happen in schools from California to Florida and a whole lot of places in between (a lot of non-Southerners who I talked to seemed to think it must be a practice restricted to the South, but no.)

I’m really not trying to be some kind of uptight liberal scoldypants here! I’m just wondering what you think. It definitely gives me a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach, but maybe I’m being too old-fashioned…or new-fashioned. You tell me: are high school Senior Slave Auctions offensive or just silly fun?

By: Alison Cooper | Updated: Feb 23, 2021

How to have fun as a senior in high school

The transition from middle school to high school marks a pretty exciting time in a child’s — and a parent’s — life. But it can be scary, too. It’s not just a move to a different school — it’s a whole new environment. The beginning of high school can be overwhelming and confusing, and not just because the buildings are physically bigger and the campus is unfamiliar. Kids leaving the middle school “bubble” for the jungle of high school not only have to deal with new teachers and academic demands, but also an entirely different set of students, some of whom are three years older and much more mature.

The switch to high school can be disastrous if a child doesn’t make the transition smoothly — more kids fail ninth grade than any other grade [source: Weber]. Most school systems do pave the way by implementing transitional programs, which can involve everything from campus visits to shadowing students, but it’s never easy. Our list of the top 10 differences between middle school and high school will help you identify some of the pitfalls you might run across as your child enters ninth grade — like what happens when your trombone-playing math whiz finds out that band practice conflicts with calculus? We hope you’ll find some advice that will get you through this often crazy time.