An apple for the graduate


Lauren Dell

An iPad Air is just one of many great prizes graduates can win at Senior Celebration, May 22.

Senior Celebration, a bittersweet moment in the lives of almost 500 students.

“It is our last hang out together, but I think looking back at it will be a awesome memory we will all have together,” Josh Occuman (12) said.

It’s a time to say goodbye to friends but still be able to make those last-moment memories together.

They do it for two reasons: to allow the class to get together one last time and to be safe, a safe celebration of drug and alcohol free,” Mr. Thoman, senior class principal, said.

Administrators and parents want their kids to be safe yet be able to celebrate with friends, and this is the solution.

It will be held in the gymnasium area. The doors to the gyms open at 10:30 p.m. and close at 11:15 p.m. The graduates will not leave the gym until 5 a.m.

Only past attendees and the PTO parent organizers know exactly what goes on at this 7.5-hour celebration; not even administrators.

“We do food. There are inflatables in Gym A, a casino in Gym B, a basketball tournament in Gym B, and we have swimming,” Mrs. Dana Engle, PTO member, said. “At 3 a.m. there is a hypnotist magician that comes in and preforms for the kids.”

The celebration will be filled with fun and laughter.

At the celebration students get the chance to put their name in a raffle and win different prizes: iPads, TVs and mini fridges.

These prizes are donated from companies or families.

All these prizes and activities come at a price.

Tickets before April 4 were $30 but now that that date has passed they jumped up to $45 before the final deadline, May 9. The amount of tickets sold was over 300.

“…PTO parents make sure it all happens,” Mrs. Deborah Asher, head principal, said. “They do a great job with it.”

It is a time of year that is anticipated.
“I definitely think it will be different because we are a different group of kids and more outgoing,” Hannah Smith (12) said. “I think we know each other more than any others.”