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We’d fight for a cure, but we just don’t care

Haley Williams, Managing Editor

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Exhaustion, lack of effort, energy, and focus. These are few of the many symptoms of a disease quite a few teenagers struggle through everyday, senioritis.

“Symptoms: Laziness. Skipping classes. Failing to study hard for tests or to write coherent papers. Disinterest in school-related academics and activities,” according to the International College Counselors.

This awful parasite attaches itself to the seniors motivation and sucks them dry. It usually begins to infect students at the beginning of senior year. Concerned parent and theater teacher David Young says no one is immune to the outbreak.

“It can’t be prevented,” Young said. “It’s genetic; It’s like a mutated gene that everyone has inside of them Everyone gets it. It’s like the chicken pox. The only way to you can prevent it is to quit school and not graduate, fail out of all your classes. I wouldn’t recommend that though.”

No grade level is safe against this genetic disability. Junior Madison McClain says she was stricken down by the disease early on.

“I have had senioritis since my freshman year,” McClain said. “I’m tired of school, ready to graduate and move on to something new.”

Studies, taken by students, show that at Lufkin High School 85 percent of the 2016 graduating class have contracted this vicious disease. How it has spread so quickly, is unknown but many have opinions on what have caused it.

“It’s definitely contagious,” Young said. “Maybe it broke out when the seniors got together for the panoramic picture, because they have had all of them in one place.”  

This local epidemic has parents questioning how to prevent and rid their child from senioritis.

“It’s worse than a  zombie apocalypse because you don’t even have to get bit to get it, you just have to be a student,” Young said.

Even Freshman Principal Mark Keith worries about the senior class. Restating Young’s initial thought on the disease.

“You can never prevent it. It is an unpreventable disease,” Keith said. “You cannot cure the incurable.  You cannot cure the thing that is senioritis.”

The causes of this contagious illness are undefined. Experts believe that there are many possibilities, but haven’t pinpointed one specific reason. According to Teen Expert Denise Witmer, children contract this disease originally from boredom, parental apathy,  fear of change, burnout, and excitement about graduation.

“Understanding the potential causes of senioritis can help you prevent problems before they start,” Witmer said. “Excitement for graduation can be one of the causes of senioritis. Usually when this is the cause it is short lived and shows up the last week of school, when the finish line is right there and your teen can see it. Fortunately, most high schools have caught on to this cause and plan accordingly by graduating seniors a week before the end of school.”

With graduation just around the corner, students will quickly develop this unpreventable illness.

“It’s like a child in ToysRUs who can’t have a toy, so they’re ‘jonesing’ for it,” Keith said. “They have to have it, but can’t until May 27 and it can’t come fast enough. They’re trying so hard to get there (graduation) faster, but they can’t because time is so slow. No one makes it out without catching it.”

There is no medication, no air masks, nothing to prevent or dial down the symptoms of senioritis. All students can do now it bunker down and try to focus on school and hope their GPA stay at, at least, the current level.

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