Protecting the Pojo Perch®

Sophia Yao, Opinion Editor

Pinewood literature teacher Ellie Pojarska has officially copyrighted her iconic Pojo Perch®. The Pojo Perch® is Pojarska’s infamous sitting position on the back of her chair. Since the name was coined by Pinewood alumni Aaron Movshovich, the term has grown to become a cultural cornerstone of Pinewood’s community and an iconic piece of Pinewood’s linguistic history.

Pojarska chose to trademark her iconic sitting position because she claims that the posture is actually extremely damaging to the spinal development of Pinewood students. By trademarking it, she hopes it discourages students from adopting this “bad habit.”

“It’s actually not a great position to sit in,” Pojarska said. “It can have negative effects on your back and stunt the development of precious teenage bones. I also hope that the punishment for copyright infringement allows for more literary appreciation of the ‘Sound and the Fury.’”

For context, the punishment for sitting in this position is rereading the entirety of the “Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner and understanding all of it, even the Quentin chapter. Pinewood junior Kaelyn Smith vows to never sit in the Pojo Perch® ever again.

“Reading the ‘Sound and the Fury’ was the most painful experience of my life,” Smith said. “I’ve never had to think so hard just to understand three words in a row. This has definitely discouraged me from sitting in the Pojo Perch®.”

However, other students believe that there might be a more sinister side to the trademarking activity. Pinewood junior Karina Aronson believes that with the influx of new teachers, Pojarska may be trying to assert her dominance as a Pinewood icon.

“Yes, [Pojarska] probably cares about the spines of her literature students,” Aronson said. “But with all the new staff joining the Pinewood community, the reigning Pinewood icons may have their status challenged. Maybe this trademarking situation isn’t directed to the students, but rather to the staff.”

Pojarska has not responded to these claims.

However, other students also believe that Pojarska is valid in her decision to trademarking her iconic Pojo Perch®. Pinewood senior Sally King thinks that this copyright is a symbol of Pojarska’s impact on Pinewood School and her everlasting legacy in the community.

“Pojarska has been a pillar of strength in the Pinewood community for so many years,” King said. “I’m glad the Pojo Perch® has been copyrighted because it feels like an official representation of her cultural impact on Pinewood literature students.”