Opinion: The Death of Wampnation
by Rohan Aggarwal
Class of 2015
Completing four successful years of high school can seem like a daunting task to an incoming freshman. The faculty and the student council understand the challenges and hardships that all high school students face throughout their four years. To ease some tension and anxiety, schools have established various events that relieve students of stress and reward them for their hard work. These events range from seasonal celebrations to school-wide events and athletic competition. All ultimately create a sense of school spirit.
However, in recent years, many Braintree students have complained that Wampnation is dying and for the most part they are correct.
On the surface, it may not seem so. There are many successful school-wide events that continue to flourish year after year. These events are well organized and bolster school pride. Examples include the pep rally, spirit week, homecoming, and Wamp Carnations. The spirit of Wampnation is fully captured in these events as the students productively try to represent their school. Friendly competition between the four classes creates a jovial environment and the eccentric behavior of all students fuels spirit; however, as soon as these events are over, the drab and monotonous mood sets in once again. Days begin to drag and students cannot wait until the bell rings at 2:05.
Wampnation is not solely represented through these events; some students spend the majority of their time and effort in clubs and other after-school activities. Nowadays, these clubs attract much less interest for a myriad of reasons. Many students feel that their time would be better spent at home watching television or sleeping rather than staying after school for an extra hour. Additionally, students do not take initiative to create new clubs that people may wish to join. Almost no new clubs have been created in the four years that I have been at Braintree High School, and I can safely say that the seniors four years ago would have said the same thing. With no new clubs, with no new incentive to join these clubs, and with no new method to advertise these clubs, how can we say that Wampnation is thriving?
Students are aware of the fact that Wampnation is slowly but surely dying. The current senior class has witnessed this decline firsthand. Four years ago, Wampnation was well represented every day of school. All sporting events had large audiences, theater productions were eagerly anticipated by all, and most clubs were well represented. Recently, Wampnation has failed to represent. Normally, school spirit is best shown through sporting events; however, this year sporting events have attracted almost no audience. With the exception of a few football and basketball games, students do not attend regular season sporting events. Many students try to challenge this by stating that Braintree is well represented during post-season matches. While it is true that attendance during postseason or championship games is commendable, it is important to consider how we represent our school and the message we send. At highly impressive and important games such as the girls’ basketball championship at the TD Garden, many students drink and create a rowdy and destructive environment that damages the school’s reputation. These actions only further justify the current predicament:
Wampnation is dying.
Rohan Aggarwal is a student in Advanced Placement Language and Composition