By Curran Gilster, Managing Editor
Decorated caps and gowns that are covered with cords have become a staple of every June graduation. In FCPS, students can only earn these cords if they are a member of a nationally-recognized club. This policy leaves out equally-deserving organizations like the South Asian Student Association but includes clubs like National Honor Society (NHS) and Spanish Honor Society (SHS).
High schools in FCPS encourage students to join clubs to help enrich the community atmosphere. These clubs oftentimes help needy students or donate money to people overseas. This past year, the Global Future club raised 1400 hundred dollars for people in Swaziland to get access to clean drinking water. They accomplished something to be proud of, but won’t receive a cord on their graduation day to commemorate their achievements.
I understand that organizations like Math Honor Society (MHS) help students through tutoring, but clubs like Muslim Student Association (?) also do the same thing and don’t receive a cord at graduation. How can FCPS say that MHS deserves a cord but Muslim Student Association (?) doesn’t? The county encourages students to join clubs and make a difference in people’s lives but don’t want to give them the proper recognition once they’ve done so.
Another example of this would be the Bike club. They fix up broken bikes and then donate them to people who need transportation. These people then use the bikes to get to work or go buy groceries to feed their family. But since the Bike club isn’t nationally recognized, members won’t receive a cord. At the end of the day, organizations like the Bike club have just as great of an impact on the community as clubs like NHS and SHS.
All clubs in FCPS deserve to have a cord for members regardless of whether or not they are nationally recognized. Each organization has an impact on the school and community, no matter how small.