Central Union High School seniors leave, juniors arrive
Central Union High School student Mario Reynoso pushes a peanut across the gym floor Thursday afternoon during a game held between the senior and junior classes. (ERIC MILLER PHOTO / May 12, 2012)
By LAURA GONZALEZ, Multimedia Producer
In the midst of cheerleaders performing, the Spartan band playing, games and dance competitions, seniors at Central Union High School said goodbye to high school life and juniors said hello to their last year.
The Associated Student Body puts together about four assemblies a year, leaving the last one, which occurred Friday, to give the seniors a last opportunity to enjoy life in high school, said ASB director Tricia Petter.
“This is the seniors’ last opportunity to get the high school feeling before they go out into the world,” Petter said.
The assembly’s theme this year was the jungle, a metaphor for the journey the seniors are about to embark upon.
“The senior class is going out into the jungle, whether it is college or a job,” Petter said.
It is the last chance for the students to do what they like to do. For the band members to play in the band, for the cheerleaders to cheer and the ones who play music to perform in front of their peers, she said.
Junior Nayerli Lopez, 17, said her parents are proud of her becoming a senior next year. She said the event is a nice way to welcome them into their last year at school.
“It’s like we’re getting accepted as seniors,” Lopez said.
For the seniors the assembly is a little more sentimental because they will be moving on, some even moving to another city.
Senior Erin Evangelist, 17, is going to the University of Arizona to study civil engineering. She will most miss seeing the people she’s known all her life, she said.
“My advice for the juniors is to have fun and make the most out of their senior year,” Evangelist said.
Even though Amy Love, 18, is only moving to San Diego, she said that once she graduates it’s going to be hard to keep in touch.
She plays softball and she will miss it. She also said that since she is very sentimental, the end of the school celebrations are really hitting her and making her feel like she is not ready to go.
“Our senior year is over and we are moving on to real life,” Love said.
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