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It’s 6:20 a.m. Bradley Wright, freshman, drags himself out of bed and starts to get ready for the long day ahead of him. He can barely keep his eyes open as he stumbles down the stairs. Wright doesn’t want to be up this early in the morning, but his ride picks him up at 6:50, and he won’t be ready if he isn’t awake.

“I am always really tired at school,” Wright said. “But then again, who isn’t?”

This is a typical problem for many South students. Many teenagers stay up late each night studying for their next big Algebra test or just hanging out with friends, which deprives them of the sleep they need.

Mary Carskadon, a psychology professor at Brown University, told the Kansas City Star that a full night’s sleep actually gives a person 10 to 20 percent better retention of information.

A full night’s sleep is defined as nine to 10 hours of sleep. Ryan Proffitt, sophomore, said that this is impossible for him.

“I don’t get home from football until 6:30 p.m.,” Proffitt said. “After that, I have to do homework and just have some time to relax. Then I have to be up at 6 a.m. the following morning.”

Greg Brentano, junior, suggested that South push back the time school started to 8:30 a.m..

“More people would come to school if it started later,” Brentano said. “Plus, less people would sleep in class, so everyone would be more productive.”

Another idea is to adopt a late start on Wendesdays, much like Park Hill does.

“It would be a lot easier to wake up if we had at least one day a week that school stared late,” Wright said.

Kyle Wade, junior, doesn’t think anything should change.

“It’s the perfect time to start school,” Wade said. “I always sleep in Chemistry anyway, so why change anything?”

Wade also said that a change in the time school starts would affect sports.

“If school started an hour later, it would end an hour later,” Wade said, “Then football would start later, and end later. I would get home later and go to bed later. It’s a cycle.”

Although a change in the time school starts would make Wright a little happier when he wakes up in the morning, the chance that would happen is slim. Area schools all start from around 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., so a change at South may be just a dream. But then again, more dreams is just what South students are aiming for.

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