The Longhorn Lunch


Sheridan Smith

Overlooking the empty cafeteria imagining what could have been, if there wasn’t a new lunch period.

By Sheridan Smith, Staff Writer

George Ranch has implemented a new longer lunch period. This “new and improved” lunch is a hour long, and it includes all 2661 students. Many of the students don’t know how to feel about this big change.

Annika Weber, a sophomore, stated, “I have longer to eat and to talk to people. I don’t have to be worried about not having anyone in my lunch, and I can go to tutorials during school, instead of waking up early or having to stay after.”

There are many positives to the Longhorn Lunch, but there are also many negatives. I love being able to see all my friends and having tutorials during school instead of after, but the lunch line is unbearable. It reaches the other side of the cafeteria, and it stays there until we only have 30 minutes left.

Mateo Trevino, a senior, said, “It’s a waste of time. I want to be able to leave.”

“Is it really the new lunch period that is the problem or just a problem with dealing with change? ”

I think he speaks for many from the class of 2018. Many seniors want the freedom to leave and go off campus to get lunch with their friends, which is obviously desirable, but that desire can only occur with the student’s parent’s consent. Without a note from a student’s parent or guardian, that student could be counted as truant.

Seniors have gone through all four years of high school with a major change every year, including the start and end of school, the schedule, and many teachers moving around. Many from the class of 2018 are tired of not having a constant schedule and having to adapt to something new.

The individuals who buy their lunch at school don’t have nearly as much time to eat as people who bring their lunch, which is both fair and unfair. A lot of students aren’t able to pack their lunch and bring it from home, so they can only resort to school food. Overall Longhorn Lunch is alright and seems to be working okay, although the jury is still out on whether or not this is better than the past lunch period.