The seniors’ last week of high school is a momentous occasion, and this year it’s punctuated by a spirit week to excite and enthuse the class.
This is the last week of learning for seniors, who will take their final exams starting the May 24.
Ben Olivieri, senior class president, said having the spirit week “relieves everybody in the school, gives everyone a deep breath. … I think this week helps them lay back a little bit.”
Each day of the week has a different theme, which students dress up to match.
The themes for the days of the week were put together by members of the student government, said student body president Nolan Tiani. “We came up with [ideas] and asked around the grade, and took the most popular ideas and used those,” he said.
Starting May 17, the themes were beach day, America day, preppy day, future plans day, and class shirt day.
There were other activities planned as well. The school ordered food trucks where seniors could get lunch beginning on May 18. On the 21st, the last day, they are having a senior breakfast and will be hearing from a motivational speaker and participating in other festivities.
The activities have had a noticeable effect on the mood of the school. “It was kind of a fun atmosphere overall,” noted Tiani.
“Everybody’s already excited, so you have something to look forward to each and every day,” explained Olivieri. “I think it’s made everybody happy, especially after such a bad year.”
Another popular activity has been “Senior Assassin,” which is a senior-organized event not affiliated with HHS. In it, students put forward $5 to participate, and then receive a “target,” another student whom they must try and hit with a water gun. If you get hit, you’re out, and the winner takes all the money put forward. The results (and videos of students getting hit) can be found on their instagram, @hhs_seniorassassin2021
“That was definitely fun; that’s everybody’s favorite activity,” said Olivieri.
Tiani says he wants to “thank the administration and all the teachers for taking student governments’ ideas into consideration, and helping create a fun atmosphere for the seniors despite all the hurdles we’ve faced.”