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The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

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Breakdown of Senior Traditions


Wearing college sweatshirts

When? Fridays and all of second semester

Senior year means a lot of things. It’s the last year of high school. The last year we’ll have to slip on our plaid green skirts. The last year we’ll be called “daisies.” The last year we’ll be surrounded by our closest friends. That’s right, because soon enough we’ll be headed to college. College is where our hopes and dreams lie and for many of us we’ve been working to get into our dream school throughout our high school careers. This is what it’s led up to. So in order to celebrate our accomplishments and achievements, we are most generously given by the administration the privilege to rep our dear colleges on Fridays and all of second semester. So to underclassmen who wear college sweatshirts a) you’re not in uniform and b) we hope that you respect this privilege we’ve been working our whole lives for. And clarification to underclassmen who rep the college they’re committed to: it takes three and half years to earn that right. It’s hard to understand now, but when you start seeing your friends getting into college your senior year, you’ll understand. So please make use of the courtesy cornerstone that has been ingrained in you and do us a favor.

Cutting the lunch line

When? Everyday

It’s the end of conference and after having a reality check meeting with our college counselor, the last thing we seniors want to do is wait in the lunch line. We’ve earned this right. For those who think this privilege lacks a bit of courtesy, you’ll get your turn too. I promise that cutting the lunch time is a hard-earned privilege. So to the freshman who won’t budge in the line after clearly seeing a senior trying to cut, please move. Your time will come, too.


When? Everyday (just kidding)

I know this is a little after-the-fact, but I just wanted to clarify a few things. Halloween is personally one of my favorite holidays for all of the spookiness. So in the spirit of Halloween, seniors decorate the halls the night before with a theme we’ve decided and meticulously crafted the halls for. Now, what happens if you’re an underclassman and friends with a senior and accidentally hear about the theme? Don’t say anything. Don’t call it “lame.” We’ve slaved over this and when the time comes for the rest of you to decorate the hall (and believe it will, you WILL make it through junior year), you would want your theme to be a surprise as well.

Wearing senior shirts

When? Fridays

Part of the more celebratory aspects of senior year, senior shirts are a way to commemorate senior year. Finding a nickname is fun. The infamous red baseball tee with “SENIORS” and the class year in the front is a good look on everyone. One day I’ll look back at the outdated pop culture reference on my senior shirt (Noorth West) and have a good laugh. For now, it’s a fun Instagram picture.

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Daisy Days

When? Once every month

Daisy Days are events where the whole senior class comes together to celebrate their peers’ birthdays. Because of the hard work of the senior moms, we are able to enjoy such a day. There is a photo booth and cakes or cupcakes for the birthday celebration. Again, only a senior tradition, so don’t try to steal our food, young’uns, please.

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