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Almost nothing good is ever said about school lunch. In a world where school lunch is often cast out and never given proper respect, one LHS senior, Arthur Tao, hopes to make up for all the hate.

Every day at lunch Tao fills his plate up with as much food as possible. Students usually only get one or two extra sides but Tao adds anything that looks good to his tray. Interestingly enough, his plate filled to the brim with sides does not cost any extra when compared to his colleagues’ trays.

“I think it’s better that I eat it than it going to waste. I just like to eat, I’ve always been a fan of school lunch,” said Tao.

While Tao has open lunch on his schedule, he prefers to stay in the lunchroom for multiple reasons. School lunch not only provides him with a great meal every day but also with relationships that he otherwise would not have found. 

“It gives me a great hot meal every day and a bunch of human interaction,” said Tao. 

The food at LHS is always edible if one is hungry enough; however, there are definitely some higher ranking options and other entrees that might make someone reconsider their appetite. 

“I’m not a fan of the cheesy bread, it’s a little too greasy for me. I’ll still eat it but there are usually other options,” said Tao. 

On days where cheesy bread is the only option or really any day he eats at LHS, Tao can always come up with new ways to make the food offered taste better. 

“Honestly my taste buds enjoy anything, so I just mix everything. More flavor is better,” said Tao. 

While this method to make the best out of school lunch might not work for someone with pickier taste buds, it is definitely something worth considering. His favorite meal offered is the walking taco because of the plethora of toppings available.

While Tao’s ratings of school lunch do not deviate far

 from the students interviewed in Murphy’s common W’s, his love for coleslaw does. Most kids do not even know coleslaw is sometimes offered, and the ones that do usually do not dare to touch it. 

“I think the coleslaw is fresh and better than what a lot of chain restaurants offer. I was very pleasantly surprised,” said Tao after ravaging a large helping of the slaw. 

Although Tao’s lunches are trivial in the eyes of the spectator, in his opinion, the meaning of the lunches goes deeper than his commitment to the incredible bulk. 

“I think it’s important to make the most of the opportunities that you have. That’s what really defines a person. It’s not about where you start but how you make use of the resources you have. I think school lunch is a great opportunity,” said Tao. 

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Joseph Tunge, Staff Writer
Joseph Tunge is a junior and first-year staff writer for the Statesman. He is involved in LHS wrestling and football but his hidden talent is in band where he plays piano for jazz band. He also has a passion for the Vikings, especially his favorite players Christian Darrisaw and former DB for the Vikings Duke Shelley. Due to his David Goggins-type mentality, you can usually find him grinding in his concrete edging business called 605 Edging.
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  • Indra ChandrasekarJan 19, 2024 at 10:18 am

    Funny article. What an insightful comment from Arthur, it is so true.