By Alex Stanley ’12
In movies, high school students tend to be classified into stereotypical cliques such as jocks, nerds, punks, etc.
Hollywood does tend to have a knack for exaggeration, but do some of their classifications ring true?
“Somewhat, but not to the extent that Hollywood makes it out to be,” said Trevor Skelton ’12. “There’s more interconnection at Brophy between cliques.”
He added that there are similar cliques as the ones portrayed in movies, but even more, like the one he is a part of.
Skelton considers himself to be in a clique, but not the typical type, as it is just a conglomeration of “random people.”
Chris Cannon ’12, a part of a different group, offered a different interpretation of how people categorize his friend group:
“I’m sure people classify maybe my group or other groups as like being ‘bros’ or always wearing a really ‘fratty’ look,” Cannon said.
And they do.
Another senior, Jordan Bohannon ’12, listed the main senior cliques at Brophy: “the Stoop Kids,” “the Knoll Bros,” “the Information Commons Kids” and everyone else, who eats in the Great Hall.
When he cited the “Knoll Bros,” he was speaking of Cannon’s immediate friends, who regularly sit on a grassy knoll in the Mall.
On the flip side, the group Bohannon classifies himself as, a “Stoop Kid,” Cannon and others would call the “Indie group.”
Instead of using classic Hollywood terms for cliques, these two said they saw difference in lunch groups.
“I think everybody gets into these cliques that they’ve had since junior or sophomore year that is kind of just where they sit and who they hang out with,” Cannon said.
In addition, they both pointed to a lack of hostility between groups, and that for the most part friendships can be made outside of friend circles.
“I think that most people are friends with each other, but at lunch everybody divides up into cliques,” Cannon said of the geographic separation.
Underclassmen said they also feel the existence of cliques, but pointed to the same trends as upperclassmen.
“I think it’s more balanced out than other schools,” said Chase Skelton ’15. “People are nice enough to accept everyone at this school.”