The class of 2021 gather to show off their freshly decorated parking spots. Although senior year will look different for the class, they are trying to make the most out of all of their opportunities. (Courtesy of Erika Thomsen)
The class of 2021 gather to show off their freshly decorated parking spots. Although senior year will look different for the class, they are trying to make the most out of all of their opportunities.

Courtesy of Erika Thomsen

Senior Walk

August 17, 2020

Students in the class of 2021 are all asking the same question: What is our senior year going to look like? I have only found one answer: different. As a class, students have watched the classes before us participate in senior traditions that all seem like a hopeless wish in this day and age. Although this will be a year like no other, that’s the beauty of it. 

Previous “Senior Walks” have started on the first day that the class wears their senior shirts to school, but the class of 2021 did not experience that day in May. For our class, the special class that we are, I will document the traditions that we do get to enjoy starting in August. 

Here’s to never taking things for granted. Here’s to taking every available opportunity. Here’s to senior year. Here’s to the class of 2021.

Chalk-full of senior traditions

Senior Victoria Wiest decorates a parking spot with chalk on the Sunday before the first day of school. This day marks the beginning of the class of 2021’s last year at Starr’s Mill.

Courtesy of Aiden Hammond

Senior Victoria Wiest decorates a parking spot with chalk on the Sunday before the first day of school. This day marks the beginning of the class of 2021’s last year at Starr’s Mill.

On the day before the school year started, seniors gathered in small groups and chalked their parking spots. Students found inspiration for their art in various ways. Whether they used Pinterest to find a design to recreate, or they came up with their design on their own, the decorated spots were all unique in their own way. 

“I chose ‘this is rad bro’ because I say ‘bro’ a lot and I feel like it really fits my personality,” senior Emily Stackhouse said. “I’m trying to keep a positive mindset for senior year, so I’m saying it’s going to be rad.” 

The colorful parking lot does not just show the artistic ability of students, but it also represents the beginning of the end for the class of 2021. 

As well as decorating parking spots, many seniors choose to decorate their cars. Many of the designs include blue, black, and white paint used to display the word “senior” in addition to lines, dots, and stars. 

As this was the first of many senior-specific traditions, seniors look forward to the potential to have as many other senior moments as possible. 

[A]lthough we cannot be together all the time, we are still all in this together. ”

— Editor-in-Chief Mary Jane Gagliano

“I hope we get to do a lot of traditions that other seniors have done, but also I understand that with the coronavirus it’s going to be different,” senior Erika Thomsen said. “I’m just hoping for a fun year.” 

In spite of the senior tailgate being cancelled, seniors are still full of pride as they enter the halls of Starr’s Mill on their last first day of school. The togetherness brought by the synchronized senior shirts, reflects the fact that although we cannot be together all the time, we are still all in this together. 

The start of the year is always exciting, but for the senior class, it is extra special. The memories the seniors make throughout this next year will be the stories that are told for generations to come.

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