Sorry to Break it to you, but I Hate Senior Superlatives.

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Sorry to Break it to you, but I Hate Senior Superlatives.

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Senior Superlatives have arrived my friends, and oh, they are anything but super.

Helping to determine the genetically and mentally gifted seems to be unfairness at its finest, and besides being unfair, it is pretty much the DEFINITION of stereotyping.

 Awarding people titles such as best eyes, class Barbie or best hair, is good for those who are genetically inclined, but a total downer for the rest of us who may be perceived as just “average” Janes and Johns.

 Superlatives help to push students into the dark holes of stereotypes that somehow seem to define our high school legacies.  For example, students who were nominated for Most Likely to be Successful were mostly students who took an obscene amount of A.P classes and stretched themselves too thin, in every meaning of the word.

 But maybe these “over-achievers” would like to be remembered for something more than being academically, well, perfect?  And what parent would want to hear their son/daughter just won Most Likely to be wanted by the Authorities?  Make that none.

 Superlatives only reinforce, and in some circumstances, create, high school stereotypes    (the band geeks, teachers’ pets, wanna-bes, jocks, stoners, and hotties) that many of us are trying desperately to escape by the time we graduate.

 Another major problem with superlatives is if you actually scroll down the list, looking at all the names as a whole, you pretty much see the same 10 students over, and over, and over, again.

 Sorry to break it to the members of the student council, or whatever group helped to put this together, but it is HIGHLY unlikely that your friend group is able to perfectly fit into every, single, one of the categories.

 All in all, superlatives do not fairly show the population of the entire senior class.  It virtually is a popularity contest between the top 15 known people.

 Fight for your right to not be stereotyped!

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