Indian River Seniors Present Case For Decorating Grad Caps

Indian River Seniors Present Case For Decorating Grad Caps

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It's tradition vs. self expression as officials at Indian River Central try to decide whether to let graduating seniors decorate their caps.

At a school board meeting Thursday night, students made their case for changing the school's long-standing tradition of not decorating their graduation caps.

And now the school board has a tough decision to make.

"On mine I was just going to put LGBTQ stuff because that is who I am," student A.J. Parris said.

Students expressed their opinions on why they think they should be allowed to decorate their graduation caps.

"It is just like a symbol, the whole 12 years that you spent in school," Maci Marshall said.

"It really helps us show what we accomplished in high school and being a senior and it is something we will remember always," Daniella Pimppinella said, "and we could put it in a picture frame and always be proud of what we did." 

Seniors collected 103 signatures from fellow classmates and presented their petition to the board in an attempt to change the rules.

"I called Watertown High School and they said they allow their students to decorate their caps," Samantha Eppley said. It is not encouraged, but they just ask that it is very tasteful."

Students have an ally in their fight: their principal, Troy Decker.

"I came into this issue as a traditionalist, again someone that sees graduation as a very solemn and exciting event," he said. "At the same time, these students and their arguments have even led me to give my own second thoughts to that original idea." 

Students said they will accept whatever outcome the board comes up with. 

That decision, school officials say, will be given to the Class of 2017 on Friday.

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