For the first time for more than ten years, Helena High School graduates may not wear caps and sex-related dress at the start ceremony this year.
At the beginning of Helena Ard since at least, most white girls and boys spent caps and puffin dresses as they received their diplomas.
But a few student leaders and other members of the High Helena 2019 expect to see that change, according to the Tyler Ream School Superintendent.
Noting that society is becoming increasingly divided into different issues from religion to politics for sexual orientation, Ream said that the students are pushing for all graduates of Helena to wear the same color at their commencement to the send a message "we are one."
"When children put forward ideas for consideration, it is our responsibility to consider them," said Ream. "… I urge our students to raise this. They see a lot of divisions in our lives, and they see that those departments are injured."
All graduates of Helena Ard had bucket caps and dresses as far back as 1998, Ream said, but there may have been time when both dates were alternating.
Chief Chief of Helena, Steve Thennis, aims to meet with all senior class members to discuss the possibility of returning to any color, said Ream, who will have the final say on any decisions made.
"We do not have a timeline about the decision as we focus on student discussions at this point," said Ream.
Officials have not yet decided what color the graduates spend if the change is made, said Ream. Although some of the families ordered caps and dresses, he said, "We are working with the pioneer dress seller to explore what options may be available."
"If the decision is made, we want to work closely with Jostens to ensure that families do not have this burden in any way," he said. "It would not be acceptable to me."
The proposal to return to color received a mixed response from students, parents and others in the community.
Debbie Benton, the parent of senior Helena, sees the proposed change in the effort to enforce pro-translucent opinions for nontransgender students.
"I think it's totally wrong. I think they are going to do that direction to stick to what they are doing, and that's not enough," she said. "… I think these kids would work hard for graduates to be able to spend the planned color."
Helana High Savanah Mook said senior students should be able to choose bubbling or white, and it would not be unfair to use each of them to wear the same color. Helena Ard's parents had burgundy or white when they went from the school year ago, she said, and "we have a tradition of keeping our families and our important community alive."
For Evan Rankin, another senior, burgundy and white sea "is the classic picture of Helena High graduation". He said he does not believe that officials are listening to students who have suggested other ways to keep that tradition unfit, for example the exchange of the two colors among individual graduates or student layers.
"The students provided many other options to try to preserve our unique camera ceremony, but did not listen to our voices," Rankin said.
Helena, High Grace Lawlor, who is in favor of one color, said she had time to start a new tradition by Helena High.
"For some students, Helena High is the only place they feel safe they are telling them. As class members we should support each other and do our best to let people be comfortable with themselves on graduation day, "she said. "Our administration is making a very progressive decision that is right in line with the changing times of our country."
Helena High Regan SEO said that some of the students do not fall under the gender category of male or female, and "there are immediate and serious consequences in order to divide students by gender."
"There is trainee students in this building that will be forced to spend the wrong color, and they have to cope with this school, but the worst students are not going to fight this school, and it's still a degrading and unfair reminder to their place all over the world, "he said. "Even if there were trainee students who would be able to choose the right color, they were only in that story that they could effectively reach students, faculty and families who could be untrue."
The American Union of American Liberty of Montana "provides full support for the effort aimed at students at Helena High School to eliminate a specific gender fade dress," said Executive Director Caitlin Borgmann.
"Every student has the right to learn in a safe environment and accept the school. Creating a gender atmosphere in our schools is an important step in ensuring that all students can live openly and prosperously as their authentic archaeologists," said Borgmann.
Since the one color application from Helena High, Ream said, officials are not thinking of any changes in the caps and dresss that the High School Capital graduates spent. Most girls need yellow and yellow boys and brown caps at the beginning of the High Capital.
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