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Shelby Foster

The class of 2019 wears their black senior shirts while decorating their parking spaces on the day before the beginning of school. This officially starts the last year of childhood schooling for those who will graduate in May.

The last first week

August 17, 2018

Alarm clocks buzz at seven in the morning, aisles and aisles of pencils and paper are on display in the stores, and long yellow buses drive down the streets. This can only mean one thing: school is back in session. And for the class of 2019, it has started for the last time.

“Our overall objective is do our absolute best to make our class’ last year of high school as memorable and special as possible,” senior class president Tori Davis said.

Three months ago I began writing about the class of 2019’s Senior Walk and made it my goal to cover everything that will go on throughout our final year of high school. Now that coverage will continue as the school year has officially begun and the countdown to the end continues with only 280 days remaining until graduation.

The first week of school brought several milestone moments for the new kings of Starr’s Mill. On Aug. 5, the senior class chose their claims of the school parking lot by marking their parking spaces in chalk. They also had an opportunity to paint senior-related words on their vehicle’s windows so the world will know who now rules the Mill.

The first week also brought the start to senior portrait season. This past Friday and Saturday, Cady Studios visited the Mill and took senior yearbook photos. Seniors also have been getting pictures from other places to commemorate their final year of required schooling.

We are in the workings of planning Powder Puff for Promise, a Powder Puff game that will be played between juniors and seniors to raise money for Promise Place [and] also are working to plan a great homecoming hallway, float, and pep rally.”

— senior class president Tori Davis

Seniors also were treated to three dress up days on the first week that went along with the traditions of the Mill. Monday was white senior shirt day, Wednesday was wacky shirt day, and Thursday was jersey day. These dress up days proved successful for the class of 2019 and kept the annual customs of past senior classes alive.

Two major events occurred this past week for the seniors. The first was the first senior executive board meeting of the year. It was on Thursday and took place in Vicki Morgan’s room where planning for all the major events for seniors took place, including tailgating and Homecoming.

The second was a senior tailgate that was held in the student parking lot on the first day of school. This was the senior’s second tailgate and was a celebration of the start of a new year.

Both events allowed the class to get together and socialize, and start getting all the preparations together for a great senior year. “We are doing things that haven’t traditionally been done by other [senior] classes,” Davis said.  “We are in the workings of planning Powder Puff for Promise, a Powder Puff game that will be played between juniors and seniors to raise money for Promise Place [and] also are working to plan a great homecoming hallway, float, and pep rally.”

The class of 2019’s senior year is off to a good start. And while the celebrations have already started, the entire year cannot be all partying. The next major week for seniors will not be until Homecoming Week starting on Sept. 17. So for now I say congratulations seniors for starting the end of your high school career and good luck in your classes.

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