As Leesville students start reviewing and preparing for exams, some students are getting ready for break.
There are quite a few advantages to being a senior, but without doubt, finals exemption is the best. Over the past few years, more and more classes are not giving exam exemptions to seniors, but some still do. Barring unexcused absences, many seniors will not have to come to school Monday or Tuesday of next week.
Camille Churchwell, senior, is one of the few that is fortunate enough to skip all four of her exams. “I’ve made sure I’ve been at school all semester long,” said Churchwell.
Juliana Rube, senior, isn’t as fortunate as Churchwell. She missed more than the allotted amount due to a knee injury she sustained during a Leesville volleyball match.
“It’s not fair.. I did not choose to hurt my knee, and I don’t think it’s fair for the school to penalize someone who hurt their knee while playing for the school,” said Rube.
She suggested that there be special circumstances, and that the school look at them on a case by case basis, to allow more senior exemptions.
Some classes, such as CTE classes, have had state made exams for many years now. For that reason some seniors, like Churchwell, will avoid these classes. “I had a computer class, and I wanted to get out of it, so I switched into sociology… I changed my schedule to be able to get out of exams,” said Churchwell.
This luxury may not be available for much longer, as more and more classes switch to state made exams — which are not excusable. By the time underclassmen are seniors, they may not be able to skip exams.
“That’s just kinda unfortunate; life’s not fair,” said Rube.