Should the Turkey be Pardoned?

Kelli Bagwell, Staff Writer

Last month, The Bolt humorously suggested Turkeybowl should be altered to be more “veggie-friendly.” This week, after learning attendance was at an all time low, we’re  taking our own advice and looking for serious suggestion to this impeding problem.

Turkeybowl is a day when advisors and advisees unite together to defeat other advisors and advisees in friendly games of flag-football.  Well, that was the original idea. Nowadays, finding students who are genuinely excited for Turkeybowl is a rarity.

21 students were absent from the junior class on the day of Turkeybowl and even more cut out before the day was over. One junior advisee even had so few advisees attend that they had to be absorbed by other advisees just so they could play.

“It’s a major problem,” says Head of School, Noel Dougherty, “We’re seriously looking at Turkeybowl and looking for suggestions on how to best revise it.”

“I think the best way to revise Turkeybowl is to offer more variety,” says junior Daniel Pivonka.

Daniel Pivonka, a member of the Singer Advisory, attended Turkeybowl, but says many of his friends did not.

While attendance is most atrocious with the junior class, the problem doesn’t start there, instead English teacher, Camela Giraud, says it’s a growing trend starting with the sophomores, “We notice that most freshmen attend, but by sophomore year we start to see a decline in numbers.”

Surprisingly, there is then a surge from junior attendance to total senior attendance. Giraud attributes this to seniors’ last-year excitement, “Seniors tend to go because it’s their last year and they don’t want to miss out on anything.”

We believes Turkeybowl should not be a day reserved for senior nostalgia, instead we believe it should be a day all students look forward to and are still talking about weeks later.

That being said, it is up to students to make the change; Noel Dougherty summed it up best when she said, “the ball is in your [the students’ s] court.”

So, what do you think? Should we pardon the turkey or not?  Leave your comments below.