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Seniors Defend Lawn

posted Mar 29, 2011, 9:48 PM by Golden Knight

Posted in Campus

By Christian Romo


Of all the privileges enjoyed by seniors at St. Francis High School, the one we hold most dearly is the exclusivity of the Senior Lawn. Neatly trimmed, landscaped, and filled with the most charismatic people on campus, it’s easy to see why any student would sacrifice his break and lunch in defense of what he holds dear.

This past Friday, the senior class staged a demonstration to remind underclassmen of our protected turf. Despite the rainy conditions, senior John Knauf inserted a CD of the greatest hits of Creedence Clearwater Revival and blasted it from end to end. Senior Chris Rohrer displayed the verdant patriotism we all hold by placing a “Don’t Tread On Me” Revolutionary War flag at the apex of the grass. In a show of solidarity, despite the varying musical tastes of seniors, the CD was allowed to play in its established format without anyone approaching a skip or a stop button.

To add a little flair to the Friday demonstration, a group of thirty to forty seniors crowded in a circle simultaneously chanting “Fight! Fight…” Inside the circle were seniors Bobby Coffin and Chris Aguilar engaged in a vicious and elaborate thumb war, something that drew a smile from Coach Jordan, who was supervising the lawn at that moment.

Exclusivity is not the main reason seniors defend the lawn with such passion. If that were so, seniors wouldn’t mingle with underclassmen at all, but we have no problem interacting with some juniors or sophomores or freshmen at parties or service opportunities or school functions. We defend the lawn so voraciously because the school has provided us with the opportunity to eat outside in an environment with 300 days of sunshine a year. We are truly lucky not only to be able to eat and socialize outdoors, but also to study and work in such a beautiful campus. While eating under the trees provides a scenic setting for break, there isn’t anything quite like eating a meal in the sun on the grass.

So don’t take this demonstration lightly: for another month and a half, this is our lawn. Everyone who stays at St. Francis will have the opportunity to possess what we currently defend, and when their time comes they will understand its value and lore. Your time will come, but for now use better judgment and stay off.