Popularity

Ah, popularity, the one thing America resides on in the lives of every student. It starts in pre-school, with who gets the most attention, then transfers to elementary with whose parents are who, then goes to middle school with how many students know you, and then resides in high school, where how you reflect yourself upon your peers. Yep, popularity seems to be just like royalty, it starts with an Emperor, which in this case could be a jock, a spokesperson, or even, the hottest guy in school. Then there’s the Empress, who could be a DHS Cheerleader, Majorette, Eaglette, or the hottest girl at school. Followed by them are the King and Queen, who appear to be DHS’s next best thing. The King is either the Emperor or Empress’ best friend, and vice versa for the Queen. After them, are the Prince, and the Princess, who are “relatives” to the King and Queen, earning them a little high school popular rep. Followed by them, the Duke and Duchess, which are, in this case, just normal school kids who don’t need popularity, but are chosen based on the reputation they made for themselves.

 

These “Royals” as you call them, set the “rules” at this school. They influence their subjects in a good, or bad, way. Mostly bad. The Royals are known to have been inherited with their goals deriving from their parents, some of whom are alumni of Desoto High School, and have already brought upon HIGH expectations for their kindred. The Royals have set up a structure where they choose who follows into their footsteps of becoming their successor. However, word in the hallway says that not all the students of our “friendly” high school are happy with the Royals’ way. Here, I have interviewed a fellow student, who even though has popularity, doesn’t feel that it should be this way. This student wished for not their name to be shown, but only their comments.

 

“On a scale of 1-20, I find myself being probably like a 15,” inclined this anonymous source. “I never had to use references to become popular. I worked hard all on my own to earn my status.” I asked the anonymous source of their friends, and had this to say. “Even though I am friends with almost everyone at this school, I only have 8 real friends. The rest are just a bunch of associates.” As I gathered more and more information from them, their comments have given me proof on how popularity is enhanced. This source tells me that as they attend all DHS events, they are easily recognized by her peers. They also tell me that they are constantly stalked and harassed by “paparazzi”, who take pictures of her without her permission. And worst of all, there have been accounts of acclaimed rumors set upon this source. “I think popularity and the Royals are stupid and discriminating. If you know that person, good job for you then. It doesn’t mean that you rule the school. Stop being so high and mighty, and come down to Earth, where you have to work hard in the real world.

 

What a source. Well, popularity will sure cause madness in this world. Are you a Royal, or are you a Rebel?