By Julian De Ocampo ’13
Four grade levels combine to form the Brophy student body, but it isn’t too difficult to notice gossip and an air of rivalry between the classes.
Each year, students bring up a number of questions regarding each grade level.
How do this year’s freshmen stack up against past classes?
Are the sophomores and juniors maturing?
Can this year’s senior class live up to the legacy of the previous year?
The differences become readily apparent.
Shouts of “freshman!” are a common slur of choice among upperclassmen.
Many claim the stigma associated with the freshman class is closely tied to a supposed lack of respect.
“(The freshmen) seem confident,” said junior Kevin Cabano ’12. “A little too confident.”
Still, others feel that only with time will the freshmen achieve maturity.
“It’s a typical freshmen class,” said sophomore Paine Harris ’13. “There’s a lot of promise, but also a lot of freshmen-like actions.”
Despite the perceived superiority that some upperclassmen feel, it’s important to remember that everyone was a freshman at one point.
“We all go through the stage at some point though,” said senior Chris Perkins ’11. “As a Big Brother, I’m quite pleased with the turnout. Unlike my class during our freshman year, they have managed to stay out of the spotlight.”
Cabano echoed these statements, admitting that maturity can come with age.
“The sophomores have definitely grown up a bit from their past freshmen selves,” he said. “I can usually get along with the sophomores in my classes.”
Perkins similarly voiced his approval of the sophomores and juniors.
“They’re both great classes,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent and a genuine nature.”
As for seniors, students were quick to point out the difference between this year’s graduating class and the class of 2010 before them.
Harris noted that the demeanors of the classes of 2010 and 2011 stand out as a major difference.
“Compared to last year, these year’s seniors are a lot more relaxed and less rambunctious,” Harris said “Especially when it comes to shenanigans on the knoll in the mall.”
Fellow sophomore Nick Centrella ’13 pointed out that this shift in attitude isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“Last year, the seniors were really charismatic,” he said. “These seniors are calmer, but they’re still pretty cool.”
Centrella noted that this difference may be underscored by the class of 2010’s numerous senior pranks.
Last year’s seniors performed a multitude of pranks, including parking dozens of cars on the campus, hosting a Bring a Pet to School Day and an invisible war.
“I feel like this year’s seniors are starting to feel the effects of ‘senioritis’,” said freshman Jeremiah Johnson ’14. “But other than that, they’re OK.”
Perkins defended his class against the assertions made against the seniors.
“Sure, you could say we had shoes to fill, but I think as a class we all came together in the end,” Perkins said. “We have our own class to create … We make our class special. If anything, our class has demonstrated a great deal of growth. That goes to show that even though it took a little longer and was a little harder than others, we are still great.”