Seniors, families prepare for graduation activities

Zora Thomas
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Graduates Cullen Saltsman-Buck and Joey Espey wait to receive their diplomas in Roberts Gym, on May 18, 2018. The ceremony was held inside due to weather. Photo by Colin Shue

Graduation will be on May 17, at 6:30 p.m. on Moss Field, near the Hixson Middle school, or if there is rain, then it will be held in Roberts Gym.

Before students graduate, students must have all their fines and academic requirements in order by May 8. Also with special class reports, assignments, projects and tests must be completed by May 10, which is the last day for seniors. Beginning May 8, cap and gown will cost $29 at checkout.

Graduation rehearsal will be May 16, in Roberts Gym, from 2:45-4:30 p.m. For the actual ceremony on May 17, seniors need to report to their line-up rooms at 5:30 p.m.

A professional photographer will be there to take photos of every graduate as they receive their diploma; photos will be available for purchase.

Before and after graduation, there will be activities that graduates will be eligible to attend. Seniors are invited to attend The All-Night Party (sponsored by the Parent Club). Sheila Burkett, a member of the Parent Club said, “We encourage everyone to come, it’s free, we’re going to have a DJ, we’re going to have games, lots of games, there’s actually going to be laser tag, there’s a video game truck, we’re going to have a zorb, and giant Jenga, and the casino. ”

The All-Night Party will be from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The party includes dancing, food, non-alcoholic drinks, games/entertainment and prizes such as a mini fridge, microwave, yeti cups and more, which can all be won by use of tickets. The tickets will be given after playing the games. 

The Parents Club Website said, “The party is all about celebrating our graduating children in a safe and fun way.”

Senior Award Night will be May 2, at 7 p.m. At this event students from Class of 2019, will be honored for their accomplishments in the classroom, extra-curricular programs, and the area of college and local scholarships. Seniors who will receive an award will be given an official invitation.

Caroline Fellows graduated in 2018, she said, “I had the time of my life during the lock-in! My friend Melissa and I did everything we could- we raced through the obstacles, won prizes at the casino and by doing other games in the gym, ate gooey butter cake and ice cream, and drunk a ton of coffee so we wouldn’t crash. Watching the hypnosis was hilarious, especially Ashli. It was really cool being at the high school in the middle of the night too. Also I won a Polaroid camera, which is something I’ve always wanted! By the end of the night, most people were exhausted, but I still had a ton of energy. I think my favorite part was getting to have one last rendezvous with all my friends at the high school because we all went our separate ways for college.”

Another 2018 graduate, Ashli Wagner, said, “My favorite part of the senior party was 100 percent just running around the school with people I’ve known for years and playing poker games and laughing while I lost all my chips. What my friends did was face paint and we spent probably two hours in the obstacle course and we watched the hypnotist guy, I actually got hypnotized which was so weird. But we just ate so much food and drank lots of caffeine and just had a great time then watched the royal wedding the next morning.”


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