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Should Seniors be Permitted to Have Their Own Parking Spots?
Senior Cadence Wynn’s Taylor Swift themed senior parking spot at Azle Christian School. Photo courtesy of Lauren Goodrich.

With 450 seniors this year, parking is a slim situation, and the debate for senior parking spots is at an all-time high. With locations like the strip, the band parking lot, the main parking lot, and the back parking lot students have many options but often run into inconvenience.

Junior Natalia Espionoiza said that the day-to-day parking experience is unpleasant at best.

“Parking is always such a frustrating experience,” Espinoza said. “I have to get here earlier to get a good parking spot, and leaving after school is such a nightmare.”

A good alternative to these issues is a designated senior parking section. Nearby schools, like Azle Christian School, Aledo High School, and Brewer High School, all have senior parking sections.

Senior Cadence Wynn at Azle Christian School has a senior parking spot and said that it offers many benefits.

“My [senior] parking spot is such a vital tool,” Wynn said. “It gives me a consistent designated parking spot, shows school spirit, and is just cute. It also creates a bond between the seniors when we paint them.”

If Azle were to have Senior parking spots, that would mean creating a senior parking section. While students already pay $25 for a parking pass to park on school property, having a senior section would likely require a larger payment.

Sophomore Ellie Legan has been parking on school grounds for most of this year and said she would love senior parking spots but that it should come with a price.

“I think seniors would pay for a parking spot to be in the section or paint a spot. Otherwise, there would not be a system to prevent non-seniors from parking there, and it would lose the whole point.”

When it comes to the possibility of a senior section, whether or not seniors would be allowed to paint their parking spot would require further discussion.

Painting a parking spot is a tradition in many schools in America. It encourages school spirit, creativity, and community amongst the students.

Wynn said she loved painting her parking spot and got to share the day with her friends.

“It was such a fun opportunity to spend the day with my friends, painting my own spot however I wanted,” she said. “It shows things that I love and my personality.”

With more talk of having this privilege at Azle, many students have hope for these future parking spots and look forward to having that senior superiority.

“I hope that we do senior parking spots,” Espinoza said. “It truly adds to the last year of high school, and would make me feel seen as a senior.”

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