As students near the end of this school year, many are mourning some of the traditions they typically do that have been cancelled due to COVID-19. While roaming the halls aimlessly searching for literally anything to kickstart my brain cells to work again, I asked students what they missed the most or what they wished they could’ve done. 

One student lamented that she couldn’t continue her search for bug snacks. She said that every year she investigates every corner and crevice of the school looking for the juiciest bugs to take home and munch on. Yum! This year, she had a deal with the janitors to bring her whatever bugs they could find when cleaning, but she said the bites feel less rewarding because she didn’t hunt for them herself. Her favorite snack, she says, are centipedes because of the feeling of them crawling down your esophagus. 

Another student claims that this year for senior skip day, the whole grade was planning on going to the Lick Room. The Lick Room is an amusement park in a mall (named “Grimest Mall in America” by People Today Magazine seven years in a row) where attendees can lick the roller coasters they ride to find unique and delicious tastes. Of course, this year, this was not a possibility, however, the individual says that, according to reports, the park’s tastes were fading anyways, so they would mostly be getting mouthfuls of rusted metal. 

Students also missed in-person interactions with their teachers and building meaningful relationships with them. Students especially missed their favorite teacher, Dr. Doofenshmirtz (real name unknown), who came to teach science after time served in-person for stalking and attempting to kidnap children he kept calling Phineas and Ferb (who were actually named Phil and Rob, and were random children not from the show) as well as illegally hunting platypuses and public indecency. How the school board let him be hired is a mystery, but students did love his class where they did lots of fun labs like, “Who Can Stand Still For the Longest Time Without Dying.” 

In-person lunches were also a missed time of day. Students loved the cafeteria food such as Las Vegas pizza, “turkey” bacon, cheese whiz, candy cigarettes, and walking tacos. A sophomore claims she survived the entire online schooling year on fruit snacks alone. 

We hope that next year students can return to their traditions and activities as scheduled, although we will pass along some concerning responses to the police.

Tretyakov Dmitriy (Dima) Stepanovich
Dima was a snake milker, crisis actress, and professional funeral goer for 27 years, before pursuing a degree in journalism (with two minors in Egyptology and Bagpiping and being in the LARPing club, not to brag) from Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Illinois. She relocated to Syracuse after graduating because she thought it was actually called Syrupcuse, and assumed this meant it was the maple syrup capital of the world, which makes no sense because this is America, not Canada. While in Syracuse, she got this job at YamPage by telling the interviewer that her mother had cancer and this job would help her pay the medical bills, which was entirely untrue, and Dima used the money instead to fund her miniature sculpture collection depicting life in Soviet Russia. She has since fled to a closed off area of the woods in the Adirondacks and built a log cabin by hand in order to avoid taxes and also other people, so if you need to contact her it would be best to do so through her previously conjoined twin before the illegal surgery they had in New Zealand, Becca Fitzgerald (‘22).