That these students manage to excel is a testament to their strength of will, yet they could do much better if they only managed to avoid the sleep deprivation they have learned to live with. The question is why do we force that choice on them?
Ultimately Oakland School should take the proactive move and push high schools in the system to move to later start times. The single change will have the collective impact of improving the health, mood, academic, and athletic performance of all high school students. The research is abundant and definitive. Waiting is simply appeasement to the adults that root themselves in the status quo.