Students battle senioritis as summer approaches


LEARNING ABOUT YOURSELF As they worked on their personal Myers-Briggs personality tests, Aiden Woods, 12, moves through the questionst to learn more about his personality in Stephanie Carlberg’s English IV class on Wednesday, April 26. Personality tests like these are often used to help people learn how to better work and achieve success in their careers. Photo by Daylin Mitchell-Cochran, 12

After a year of hard work, students are feeling the pre-summer slump, and to help those students feeling the plague of senioritis, administrators are offering credit recovery hours for those who are at risk of not graduating on Saturday, May 27.

With about 50 students needing to serve credit recovery hours, credit recovery teacher Chelsea Nussbaumer said administrators and teachers are doing what they can to help students earn credit for the semester.

“Some of the senior students are just so tired of being here but they have to make it to the end of the school year like everyone else,” credit recovery teacher Chelsea Nussbaumer said. “About half of them are productive. Some of them do work on their assignments, others just sit there and don’t really do anything.”

“Growing up in southern illinois my grandma always said that working extra, staying extra, doing extra, was always a symbol of greatness.” Said assistant principle Kevin Wislon. “Kids are actively involved in coming to credit recovery, because they enjoy being in school.”

Senior Nevaeh Kinsey said she’s excited for the summer, and she said he goal to finish the semester is “to pass, with all As preferably.”

“School is exhausting and stressful,” Kinsey said. “I’m definitely less motivated than I was at the beginning of the year. I’m just ready to be done.”

As the year draws to an end, senior teachers said they are feeling the effects of their students getting senioritis

“It’s really hard to get students to do their stuff,” English IV teacher Jake Farley said. “What stresses me out the most is the challenge of getting students motivated to finish the year strong. It’s an issue that’s so big and seems so impossible to solve that I think it just gets overlooked and people think ‘why even try when the issue is so large?’”