In recent years a new wave of honorary distinction known as graduation cords have swept across school districts and into LB. Until recently, a larger degree of uniformity was to be introduced with each honor society receiving one homogeneous colored cord for their members at graduation. Opposition from honor students has since eradicated this policy and has given students a window to exhibit their individuality at graduation.
“Students worked hard to get into each honor society and maintain their standing,” senior Eriko Spurlock said. “Making things uniform undermines the work put into earning the cords.”
Spurlock, the officer of two honor societies, feels that the members of each group should be able to wear the distinct cords that they worked hard for and were looking forward to displaying.
Graduation cords have held a relatively short history at LB, with black service cords as the first to be used. These decorations have gradually evolved with the introduction of new colors for honor societies and clubs. The out cry of students in regards to wearing the cord of their honor societies is a new phenomenon for administration. Changes have been made, however to allow for more diversity for honor groups.
“It is an easy change to make and it’s what our graduates want,” principal Dave Thomas said. “It recognizes the individual achievements that students were able to accomplish over their high school career.”
The disparate students body at LB will now be able to highlight these achievements as they move on to alumni status.