2The Quill - November 2013
Volume 87, Issue I
Sarah TuthillShyane JonesBrandi Gonzalez
Katie TuthillLauren SmithAngelina PaganoMarina DeLucaMaria Soriano Matthew DrinkwaterCate CreedonEdgar PocasangreYanet Garcia
Stephanie WrightNina Aurichio Charis Stoner
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AP Classes or Lunch: You Decide
By Marina DeLuca ‘15
“Eat a good breakfast on test days!”
Tis is the usual advice teachers give students, and it applies to more than just breakfast. It is very important for growing kids and teens to get proper nutrition, thus they need to eat healthy meals throughout the day. One of these meals is lunch. How can students focus on their classes when their stomachs are making gurgling sounds and they can practically taste the food they are craving? Having a lunch period allows students to satisfy their hunger, talk to their friends, and study a little more for their next big upcoming test. Lunch helps students to have the energy to get through the day. So why is it that in the past couple of years, there have been masses of students lacking a lunch period? Tis epidemic is targeting many of the students involved in AP (advanced placement) classes. Tese students are the primary targets because many AP classes are only oﬀered during lunch periods, and therefore many of the kids involved in multiple APs don’t have a lunch period. Tis upsets students to the point where they sometimes drop an AP class in order to have lunch. Junior Sean Walden says, “It sucked [not having a lunch.] I dropped AP Microeconomics so I could have a lunch period.” Tis lack of lunch periods is causing high caliber students to drop the classes that they belong in. Not having a lunch period is also particularly hard for students involved in afterschool activities. If they are eating very early, snacking in classes here and there, or not eating at all, they are starving by the time sports and other activities start. Some only have a little time for a quick snack and are forced to continue on in their hectic schedules. Athletes who aren’t eating properly are at risk of passing out when they play, which is something no one wants to happen. GHS students have found that there is little to no way that they can take multiple AP classes alongside their normal grade level classes and have a lunch period. However, GHS
take steps to try to help AP students to have a lunch period by adding 7th period lunch to kids’ schedules. Tis new lunch period does help by giving kids who would otherwise not have a scheduled lunch period time to eat, but it is not the perfect solution. Junior Emma Marshall says, “It’s hard to focus on my AP classes because I’m so hungry.” Even though students like Marshall do have a lunch period, they are so hungry throughout the day that they can hardly focus on the tasks in front of them. Te cafeteria provides limited food service during 7th period, so students are usually forced to either bring in lunch or go out to eat.