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The Importance of Senior Traditions


  Mount Michael is a school that is built on tradition. Generations upon generations of alumni have walked under the red brick arches of the Benedict building. They have ventured the hallowed grounds of Mount Michael and lived on campus for 53 years and counting. Mount Michael’s history is an integral component of what makes it so great, attracting new students each year. That was what stood out to me most. The truth is, I am not alone. Many students are drawn to The Mount for its rich and thriving culture cultivated since its beginning. I remember driving with my grandfather on a crisp morning near summer’s end, up the rolling hills of Mount Michael road and into an empty parking space. It was a Saturday: the day of the Fall Festival (annual celebration of Mount Michael). Although I had fun that day, what I remember most is my grandfather’s stories of his time at Mount Michael. As a seventh grader, I listened in awe imagining what high school could be like. On the ride back home, I daydreamed about an almost fictional reality that Mount Michael’s tradition offered. Since 1970, through thick and thin, our school’s identity has not wavered. This should be no different for this year’s graduating class. One of the many long standing traditions passed down for generations of students includes senior quotes and yearbook bequeathments.  Although some concerns over the appropriateness of included content have arisen in the past, they should continue their legacy in “The Seeker.” Past students’ lack of better judgment should not put a damper on what the seniors have accomplished at Mount Michael. Senior quotes are more than just a word on a piece of paper, they embody our school’s identity. They are how graduates remember their high school experience and relish in the memories spent at The Mount. While almost every school yearbook features senior quotes, they mean even more at Mount Michael. Each student who graduates puts their own, unique mark on the school and quotes are the biggest way this is done. Bequeathments, like quotes, are important because they continue the legacies of graduates by bestowing them upon classmates. As a junior, I was bestowed with an item handed down through the last decade of cross country runners, and as a senior, I don’t want this, among other traditions, to die. Bequeathments, like this, build and maintain bonds between students that otherwise would not last beyond the graduation ceremony. Senior quotes and bequeathments show our school’s character and personality that makes us unique from other high schools. Students, like me and many others, attend Mount Michael for its college-level education, but also its rich history. With the absence of senior quotes and bequeathments from the yearbook, we are not only putting a dim on the senior’s accomplishments, but uprooting our tradition.

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Finn Murphy, Chief of Story
Finn joined The Mount Journalism team in 2021 as a reporter. Finn also participates in investment club, cross country, and track & field.
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