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Page 272 text:
What can be said about exams?
Well most CDS students would prob
ably like as little to be said about this
topic as absolutely necessary never
theless the topic must be addressed
The first word that comes to mind
while pondering the essence of exams
is PROCRASTINATION Procrastina
tion is a way of life for CDS students
Why make up a schedule and study
two hours a night for two weeks
when with the help of several dozen
cups of coffee the same plethora of
data can be absorbed in a single all
nighter 7 CDS students thrive on the
pressure and the challenge involved
in trying to learn a years worth of
information in 24 hours Procrastina
tion is the first phase of exams at CDS
and is immediately followed by a sec
ond more painful phase
DEPRESSION The CDS student
body wakes up from its euphoric
dreams of passing exams without
studying and at school one can no
tice a slight oh so slight tint of
depression set into the green speck
led floors of CDS Those unshaven
coffee drinking zombies suddenly are
awakened to the harsh reality that
not only were they unable to learn
the entire history of the modern
average in history just fell to a meager
B due to the heavy weight of this end
of semester exam Enough said about
semester exams Let s get to the good
stuff We re talkin AP s
Advanced placement exams are
great fun Dont let anyone tell you
differently One of the greatest feel
ings in the world is to study hard all
year to take a college level exam in
say Biology and then have to answer
three 25 minute essay questions when
you dont have the faintest clue as to
the answer And as far as you re con
cerned they might as well have asked
the answers And as far as you re con
cerned they might as well have asked
pected to answer correctly only 50f'fu
of the multiple choice questions
There is however a good side to
AP s You get to stay home the day
before the exam and if you play your
cards right you can take three exams
and miss the whole week And as if
that werent enough you don t have
to take any end of semester finals So
AP s are alright if you take in to con
sideration these positive aspects of
the advanced placement experience
Basically exams are fun or at
least a challenge We love them
by john Gregory
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world in one night, but that their A-
"More than National Merit, i.e. SAT, the Advanced Placement program shows the
impact a school has on its students and is clear proof that solid, college level work is
occurring in high school. Since we are a college preparatory school, that is our mission and
our consistent record verifies that we are fulfilling that mission. We can all take pride in
- Doc Kalmar
Page 271 text:
Bill Latta: CHANGED
"I couldn't go to parties without drinking. I would
have to drink to rid me of all my insecuritiesf'
At age 17, Bill Latta started using pot. He began by
getting stoned a few times a week. Often he would
leave school to get high.
In his junior year at Country Day, Bill was involved
in a bombing incident at a party. He left C.D.S.,
before being expelled, and went to a boarding
school. However, things did not change.
"I found things the same at boarding school." He
repeated his junior year, still getting high, but worse.
"I was getting stoned three or four times a day at
boarding school. I couldn't survive without drugs."
Money ran short and Bill had to resort to selling in
order to support his habit.
The first realization came to Latta when his parents
found pot in his room. He promised himself that he
would quit, but one week of abstinence did no
good. He was hooked.
In February of that year, there was a drug and
alcohol seminar at this school. He showed up drunk
and passed out. The Dean took him to the infirmary,
and Bill had hit rock bottom.
"I met a friend in the infirmary who had been
through a drug treatment program. He gave me the
big Alcoholics Anonymous book and I began to read
it. It was then that I realized I needed help."
Bill turned to the Edgewood program, located in
Webster Groves. Since then he has been sober for 5
"lt was a big change in my life. I'm not as insecure
now. I really do feel good about who I am, and I can
The treatment will go on, probably for the rest of
his life. "What I have is a disease. It is something I'm
going to have to live with the rest of my life. I am a
Looking back, Bill sees his past life as a "living
Hell." He drank until he was 16, used drugs until he
was 17. His message is simple: "You can ruin your
whole life with drugs. The only person who can do
jim Dierberg makes Philip Chyu laugh as he does his impressions
PTOIIT cont . . . months, and counting.
Arriving at the lumber the bus back to the Hill l
company the people Behan lumber company. be 0P9f' Wllh mY59lf-H
struggled out of their cars After the first bus had
and limousines to take a been loaded a riot broke
bus ride to the Behan's out over the delay of the 4
farm where the after- second bus. Tempers Chemlfal dependent-H
prom was held. At the soared and words flew as
after-prom, people either 100 anxious partiers were
relaxed in the house or left behind for about an
danced out back under a hour. U ' 1 H
striped yellow and white The Country Day prom 3nYlh'n8 about If '5 Y0Uf59lf-
canvas tarp. The tarp will be looked back on
proved useful in keeping with mixed feelings. On
the light morning rain off the positive side some
the weary couples. students enjoyed a night
Rax Sandwiches, pas- on the town with no cur-
tries, and soda were pro- few. On the negative side,
vided as sustenance for some students believe
the tired and hungry par- that perhaps the prom
tiers. Dancing to the band was a total failure in that
Graphix, the mass of peo- the cost was just too as-
ple on the dance floor tronimical for simply one
rocked and rolled until night of semi-enjoyment. A ,
four in the morning, Whatever the feelings,
when the band stopped the prom will be remem-
playing. Then they took bered. by Guy Borders of teachers.
Prom 1986 81 Bill Lattaf25
Page 273 text:
Whether found congregating
around the flagpole in the early
afternoon, or sleeping in library
chairs during their free periods,
seniors seem to have striking si-
milarities in their behavior.
They seem assured that not only
are jackets not required, but
that work in general isn't either.
Some define Senioritis as a
mood, others argue that it's a
biological disorder. Whatever
the case may be, this "mood"
settles down upon most seniors
and limits their ability to think,
create, and in worse cases,
Senioritis is often referred to
as a disease, similar to Mononu-
cleosis, or simply "Mono,"
Compare the two and eye-
awakening similarities appear.
For instance, Mono causes lack
of rest, which drives students to
sleep late and produces numer-
ous tardies. Seniors do not have
the best track record for 8:00
A.M. appearances. Due to the
Tom Diggs displays the "get dressed by
noon" approach to his science class.
lack of sleep Mono causes ado-
lescents to be tired and unpro-
ductive throughout the major-
ity ofthe day. Granted, the sen-
ior class always has its academic
stars, but the majority are not so
active or inspired. Those with
Sean Kirkland leans relaxfully against a
door as he prepares himself for the day
Byron Valier decides jackets are waived
while Stuart Rauch finishes up last nights
Mono experience severe plum-
mets in their grades due to ab-
sence from school. Well, roll-
call in senior courses was mar-
ginally down, and their grades
are usually not worth a standing
But senioritis does not end
with its similarities to Mono. It
has other effects. It causes sen-
iors to remove all heavy clothes,
within the realm of decency,
and herds them out to popular
tanning spas on the grounds. It
also causes them to leave cam-
pus for lunch, or anything else
for that matter.
Let's face it, everyone is a sen-
ior in high school once in his
life. And no matter what period
or decade you chose to look at,
the temptation of laying back a
bit and relaxing is blatent. Sen-
ioritis is, therefore, a strongly
rooted tradition, and no cure
has been discovered, yet . . .
by Steve Banks
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