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Staples staff encourages student biohazards to walk the halls

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By: Katelyn DeAgro ’17

As we are entering into the colder more bitter seasons, it quickly becomes inevitable that the majority of the student body will battle to ward off sickness. However, many of these students would rather carry their germs into the school than miss a class.

At Staples, the pressure is already on in every aspect of student life. Add in the necessity of a sick day and the workload itself can push a veteran student to the point of tears. Often students will attend school in a less than desirable state even if they could have benefited their overall health by even just sleeping in a bit later.

For many students, this is where the costs start to outweigh the benefits. First, you Immediately feel guilty for not being in class on time as you go to sign in under the watchful glare of the staff manning the front desk.Second, you realize that you have missed an exam that will soon be hitting the learning center with new and “improved” questions because here at Staples there are teachers who specifically design “tougher” exams for those who miss class.

This here is the biggest kick you while you’re down policy that many teachers have in place.

There is a case to be made in saying that by creating a more difficult make up test, you are protecting the students who made it to class from the possibility that another student got more time to prepare.

In my not so humble opinion, this is ridiculous to assume in a school as competitive as Staples. If there is a student who is feeling so badly about their ability to take the exam on time, than perhaps that is a problem that needs to be addressed rather than punished.

Schools are already a breeding ground for germs and are probably the reason that most doctors clinics have not closed up shop. Is it too much to ask to make it more manageable for sick students to stay home?

I think that we can all agree that few things are productive when a student struggles to move themselves between classes or struggles to stay awake during a long lecture.

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Katelyn DeAgro, Staff Writer
Katelyn Deagro ’17 is no stranger to winning. As a member of the Saugatuck Rowing Club’s nationally ranked team, she has competed in various elite events such as Nationals, the Head of the Charles, and the San Diego classic. “I like being on a team where there’s so much talent and we are national champions and I like trying to reinvent that every year,” Deagro said. She began rowing the freshman year and fell in love with the sport, “I like the competitive aspect and that it is a challenge. You never reach that level where you’re like ‘alright I’m good enough;’ there’s no ceiling to it,” Deagro said. Deagro’s team is on an impressive winning streak and is currently ranked first in the country. However, they did not get to this point without incredible hard work and sacrifices. Most days, Deagro’s team practices for three to four hours after school, and before bigger Regattas she and her team have an additional morning practice beginning at five in the morning. While she admits it requires a lot of dedication, Deagro says winning and improvement are the two things that make it all worth the time and energy, “There’s nothing that beats when you get off an Ergometer and you’re like ‘wow I just improved my time by 6 seconds and it’s been only 2 weeks,  or when you’re at such a big Regatta and you finish by open water. There’s nothing that can really compete with that.” Deagro hopes to continue her two passions, rowing and political science in college and to intern in Washington D.C. She is especially passionate about history, “My mom says that you can only live one life, but if you read about what’s happened in the past you can live a thousand lives.”

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