Final events scheduled for the Class of 2012
May 24, 2012 • Gabrielle Sutton, Staff Writer
Filed under News
Some shed tears as they said their farewells to friends and faculty; others cheered as they exited the building.
Howell High School graduating seniors are preparing to take the next step for their futures as they say goodbye to the last four years of their lives. However, it’s not totally over yet as there are still a few events for the class of 2012 to look forward to.
This year’s graduation commencement will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 5:00 pm. The ceremony is being held at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Due to the size of the center, all is welcome to attend. There is also a mandatory graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 1 at Howell High School at 8:15 a.m..
“It’s weird to think that graduation is finally here. It feels like just yesterday I was in kindergarten,” says senior Courtney Arlington. “I am excited, but sad that it’s all over.”
The 2012 class quote is “Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you’ll die today,” said by the late actor, James Dean. The class flower is the sunflower, and the class song is Shadow of the Day by Linkin Park. Each person will receive a sunflower with their diploma. The 2012 class officers include President Joshua Schnell, Vice-President Aryn Morrison, Secretary Claire Kwan, and Treasurer Hope Hersh.
Also, honors students will be given different colored cords to wear at graduation depending on their cumulative grade point average. A white cord will be given to those who are in the Summa Cum Laude category, which is a GPA range of 3.9-4.0. A gold cord will be given to those in the Magna Cum Laude category with a GPA range of 3.7-3.899. A silver cord will be given to those in the Cum Laude category with a GPA range of 3.5-3.6999, and a bronze cord will be given to students with a GPA ranging from a 3.0-3.4999.
While the graduation commencement is a milestone event, many of the seniors are really excited for the Senior All Night Party. The Senior All Night Party has been a tradition for over 20 years at Howell High School. It is held on June 2 at 11:00 p.m. in the field house. Students must be checked in between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. and no later. Once students are checked in they will not be allowed to leave and come back.
This event is run completely by volunteer parents and donations, so that it can be a cost free event for the students. There will be a D.J and a live band, as well as many activities. Some of the activities include Henna tattoos, an obstacle course, football toss, basketball, a hypnotist, as well as Sumo suits for wrestling. There will also be raffle prizes and a station to get a manicure or new hairstyle.
“I’m looking forward to the Senior All Night Party,” says senior Stephanie Straka. “I can’t wait to be hypnotized and make a fool of myself.”
The volunteer parents would like to give a special thanks to those who donated to the event and especially the Coy family for assisting everyone and making this event possible.
“It will be a really fun event for the kids,” says Karen Somers, one of the volunteer parents who helped put the party together.
So, Class of 2012, make the best of these last few high school memories and good luck as you continue on to the next step of your life.