Student, Poynette High School, Class of 2016,
I would not recommend attending Poynette High School if given the choice. There's nothing glaring or alarming about Poynette, it's just "average". It lacks diversity and a culturally sensitive student body as a whole. I feel like I'm constantly being judged - from my clothing to my social media activity, it always seems like someone is talking behind my back. There's a lot of petty drama that often gets blown out of proportion, considering its minuscule size and limited amount of activity in the town itself. The teachers don't seem to be going out of their way or really making a noticeable effort to make sure you're reaching your full potential. Most teachers only take action if a student is failing and it catches the attention of our administration. Successful extracurriculars such as our Math and Science Olympiad teams are often overlooked, even when they are performing better than our relatively popular and successful boys basketball team (circa 2014). It seems as if students are either cutthroat to get into the top ten of our class, or simply coasting under the radar just to "get by". I am aware of the prevalence of these themes in schools across the nation, but am still hopeful that the monotonous of our school can be fixed. If I could somehow get a "do-over" in a perfect world, I would go to a school of a median size, where it's not so small that you know everyone's middle name, but also not too large that you still can't find your classes in the second semester of your senior year. The student body doesn't have to be diverse, just accepting and acknowledging of it. Students wouldn't be afraid of the unknown, of judgment, and of failure - but rather open-minded, welcoming, and ambitious.