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  • Matt Verni is one of many SPHS students who park on residential streets while on-campus options are limited during the school’s construction.
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    Matt Verni is one of many SPHS students who park on residential streets while on-campus options are limited during the school’s construction.

Where Can We Park?

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January 10, 2018

Students Try To Find Legal But Convenient Parking Options While SPHS Lots Are Unavailable Due To Construction

Parking can get pretty tricky, especially in a school zone. Many Severna Park High School seniors who have driving privileges are finding other places to park since the new senior lot has a limited quantity of available spots. To avoid parking near signs, and subsequently earning parking tickets, some students rely on their friends who have a senior parking pass, or they will attempt to park in a nearby subdivision.

“I offered to pay $25 a semester to park at a couple’s house,” remarked Severna Park senior Mason Kelly. “They took the offer, so I park there every other day as I only have classes on A days.”

While that may seem like an interesting approach to dodge tickets and get a spot close to the school, other seniors haven’t had as much luck.

“I have to park in people’s neighborhoods like a mile away because of all the ‘No Parking’ signs people have put up,” said senior Evan Yeigh.

When seniors graduate in May, the senior lot is open for parking on a first-come-first-serve basis. Taking advantage of the “free” parking in the spring, the rising senior class had the opportunity to park without validation until school let out in June. For seniors at Severna Park, that option is no more. Students who are enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College and scheduled for early release, or students who are doing an internship, have priority for the spots in this lot. All of the seniors who did not receive a parking pass after applying must find another place to park or find another ride. “I park at my mom’s friend’s house since I didn’t get a spot,” said senior Zach Neumann.

Traffic flow from Benfield, Robinson and Evergreen roads has also been a factor. “It takes me a long time to get to school [because of] traffic, and since I have to walk the rest of the way, I have to leave my house 35 minutes before the bell,” said Michael Moore.

Added John Compere, “I park at my aunt’s house and have a 10-minute walk every morning. I have to leave my house early and make sure I have enough time.”

Location is critical when dealing with a time constraint, and finding a bad spot will often lead to students’ being late or running to get to class or other places. “The part that is the worst is when I have to rush from the school all the way to my car to arrive to work in time,” explained Matt Verni.

Parking can be both a hassle and a privilege for seniors, and everyone wants the best spot. Thankfully, many of these students have nailed it down when it comes to time management and making things work. High school students already have enough issues to stress out about; parking shouldn’t be one of them.

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