For Activity Day, this year’s seniors went to the St. Louis Mills on April 9.
The senior day began with breakfast in the cafeteria where rewards were given out. The seniors won prizes for having a high GPA, being a good citizen, participating in sports and clubs, etc. The winners received T-shirts, accessories and diplomas as their reward.
After the breakfast, the students went to the auditorium and heard speeches written by four candidates trying to get commencement speaker at graduation. Alyssa Knight, Dylan Neal, Madison Smith and Kevin Killeen all got a chance to convince the other seniors that their speech was the best. Killeen won and will be the commencement speaker at the senior graduation 2013.
“It was a big honor to even be nominated, and of course, it would’ve been even bigger if I actually won. You are representing the whole class, which means a lot, because it’s people you’ve been around for such a long time. You’ve worked hard to where you are, and it’s so exciting to finally be a senior and graduating soon. The following time is very exciting because you’ve accomplished so much during your school years, and you’re still at the beginning at something new—it’s kind of like beginning kindergarten again. That’s probably also why the senior activities mean so much to us,” Knight said.
The seniors then went to the Mills, where they could drive go-karts, go to the movies, shop for clothes, eat at restaurants or just walk around.
The students paid $5 to go the Mills, and a bus brought them out there and drove them home. What the seniors did in the meanwhile was the individual’s choice.
“The senior day was fine because of the enjoyment of being able to be with your friends in a public place with more or less no rules. It’s nice to get out for a day and have fun go-karting, golfing, shopping and eating at different places. However, it was a little expensive with your own money because you had to pay no matter what you wanted to do,” senior Reed Dietker said.
Other seniors thought of the day as being too expensive, even though the idea of it was appreciated.
“I would have had to pay $5 just to go. Once there, I would have to pay for lunch and all the activities. It easily could’ve been $30 for the trip in all. Honestly, I can see friends for free and still have fun and be around people from my grades if I want to. I appreciate a day devoted to the seniors, but I’d prefer for it to not be expensive but just something fun,” senior Paul Receniello said.