Senior Priorities

The class of 2011 listens as Mr. Houts addresses them at the senior assembly, which was held Friday the eighth in the gym about issues with future senior activities such as Grad Night. At the moment , it is unsure as to where Grad Night will be held so students have been asked to come forward with suggestions.

Leila Rasas

The class of 2011 listens as Mr. Houts addresses them at the senior assembly, which was held Friday the eighth in the gym about issues with future senior activities such as Grad Night. At the moment , it is unsure as to where Grad Night will be held so students have been asked to come forward with suggestions.

Alejandra Paredes

The Senior Year Kick-Off assembly, hosted by administrators and ASB on October 8, marked the beginning of the end for the senior class. Senior activities, fees, and upcoming events were the main points addressed.  The attentive seniors showed much enthusiasm as each topic was discussed, beginning the “senior survival” process.

Principal Houts began the assembly with a pep talk to the senior class. He shared with the crowd his expectations and goals for the year. Houts encouraged every student to take part in every aspect of their senior year, especially by consulting with counselors of upcoming deadlines.

Just the mention that it is only the second month of the year, led the crowd into an uproar. The cheerful seniors created an energetic atmosphere that was evident through the stands, as each speaker informed the senior class of their responsibilities. Assistant Principal Mrs. Lucke discussed the credits needed to graduate and the effort that should be put in the last year. Counselors evidently supported Lucke, as each one wore a “Got 220?” t-shirt.

“I’m really looking forward to graduation.” “It’s a culmination of my four years of effort.”  senior Rosanna Calderon said.

The senior class was next informed of the costs of graduation. Every year, the memorable event costs from 20 to 25 thousand dollars. Because funds are running low this year, so administrators encourage students to fundraise as much as possible. The money raised will go to expenses needed at graduation, such as fireworks and program booklets. If the money is not raised, this year’s graduation will not be as elaborate as previous ones.

“Fundraise- this is the last time you’re going to see these 800 people,” photo teacher Mrs. Cordova said.

Cordova promotes students to be proactive and to tell teachers what their goals are for this year. Cordova encourages all the seniors to take part in every event and lead an unforgettable year.

The main source of income for the senior class is fundraising. Senior class officers, Riza Karnadi and Phil Kong, egg on students to help as much as possible. By buying senior shirts and hoodies or by reserving lunch tables, money raised will take part in helping the senior class.

Assistant principal Mr. Baker had some surprises in store during the assembly. Baker broke the news of the cancellation of Grad Night at Disneyland. Because this year’s graduation is taking place on June 23, Grad Night cannot be in most parks since they don’t offer the event after the 16. In order to plan some sort of celebration after graduation, Baker wants to hear ideas from students.

“I really like that we get to have some input in the senior activities.” “It shows how much difference we can make,” senior Claudia Guzman said.

The Senior Kick-Off gave students the opportunity to hear what’s in store for the year and to remind them what needs to be done to accomplish class goals.