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The Clash of the ColorsWednesday, May 23, 2012 By Christine Balbin
The last moment of a young adult's high school career consists of much preparation and organization. Although graduation may be about getting one's diploma in recognition of his/her achievements, it is also about the opportunity to represent accomplishments by being able to wear a cap and gown during the ceremony. Cap and gown colors have consistently changed throughout the years for Kennedy High School during graduation. Despite it usually being the traditional green and gold, there were some instances where the shades of green and gold differed. As of right now, Kennedy High School's administration has decided to change the traditional green and gold mixture of colors to pure green for next year's graduating class of 2013. Based on consistency, Kennedy High has kept up with having the females wear gold cap and gowns and the males wear green cap and gowns. Looking down upon the graduating class, family and friends from the bleachers of the stadium enjoy the contrasting colors as each student alternates colors in their seating arrangements. The patterns of green and gold have left an impression on family and friends as the graduating class represents the two bold colors of the school. However, those contrasting colors are about to change due to the accountability of the male to female ratio. Considering that students are aligned based on a green and gold, or male and female, pattern, the administration had encountered challenges as years progress because of the unbalance of proportionality of males to females each year. Because each graduating class consists of different percentage of males to females, it has been an issue whether there were going to be more green than gold or visa versa that would disrupt the pattern and consistency of the arrangement of students during the ceremony. "There was always a difference in the number of boys and girls. It's harder to do logistically, and easier to use the primary colors," Principal Mr. Earnest said. Initially, cap and gown colors were supposed to change to pure green for this year's graduating class of 2012. However, the administration has decided to hold off on that change until next year because they considered that seniors have already taken their graduation pictures over the summer according to the green and gold protocol. “There are students who actually wanted gold and they’re the ones who would care if their picture didn’t match what they wore on graduation. I personally feel that this mess was completely unnecessary if we just kept it the traditional green and gold from the beginning,” senior Matthew Bonilla said. The change in colors is supposed to provide elasticity and ease in the organization of graduates during graduation. It would promote simplicity when having to deal with pairing each graduate to the appropriate color scheme. "It was my decision to change it to green [for next year] because it is more uniform and accommodates better flexibility," Mr. Earnest said. Some students express frustration with the possible changes because it will alter tradition and the opportunity to distinguish males from females. The existence of having the two different school colors emphasizes school spirit and enhances uniqueness to Kennedy High graduates. “I like the gold; I’m okay with that color, but some people might not because of their skin tone, they probably think it washes them out. I don’t really mind if they had us wear green. It would have been nice if both Kennedy colors are incorporated,” senior Zeinab Attallah said. Depending on the interests of the student, the change in colors for caps and gowns are the least concerns for some students. Graduating and achieving a high school diploma is all that matters when it comes down to it. “As long as I graduate, I don’t care what color I wear,” senior Nicole Khuon said. School spirit will not diminish due to the change in cap and gown colors. In fact, it might even broaden the spirit by having students represent the most dominant color of the school. Graduation is a moment of recognizing the accomplishments and success that high school students have endured for the past four years, and it will remain of the same value and importance because it is still represented by the opportunity to wear cap and gowns. Those factors never go unnoticed despite the change in colors.