On April 24, the graduating class of 2014 trooped into the Bear River High School multipurpose room.
Their assistant principal admonished students not to let “senioritis” ruin their final year of high school. Students were reminded to take care of outstanding fines, finish any APEX courses and to adhere to prom dress code. Once that official business was over, students got to the fun part of “Cap and Gown.” For the rest of Bruin Hour, excited students signed up for their senior project presentation rooms, chose their graduation walking partners, voted for “most likely” and picked up their maroon caps and gowns.
These are some of the hallmarks of graduation.
Students were also able to pick up information about this year’s Grad Night. Every year, a group of tireless volunteers put together a night of fun for seniors so that they have a chance to celebrate. This year is no exception. Grad Night takes place after graduation from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., beginning June 6. The theme for 2014 is “On Our Way in the USA.”
Activities include a wide variety of games and entertainment, including the well-used rock wall. Tattoos and massages are always popular. Memory Lane is also a favorite; the gym is lined with poster scrapbooks showcasing graduates’ lives — from baby pictures to high school sports, choir, drama and FFA accomplishments. Photo opportunities, food and prizes — all focused on the theme of taking a trip across the U.S. — will be featured. It’s a great time for the students, and the adults who work at the event to vicariously enjoy being young again.
Though many students stay local and go to Sierra College and some will begin jobs and careers, many others will be going away to college in Chico, Reno, Southern California, Oregon and beyond.
Grad Night is an opportunity for students to hang out with kids they have known for years one last time, all together, after the graduation celebration.
For parents, it is a relief to know that students are having a great time but are safe.
Grad Night at Bear River is only $35, which includes all food, entertainment and lots of prizes. The cost is purposely low so that every student can afford to attend. However, it takes many generous parents and community members to make this fun event happen. The families of Bear River seniors appreciate all the assistance that has already been given. Additional donations would be greatly appreciated — these support the activities and prizes. Thankfully, most of the food is kindly donated by parents and community members.
Volunteers are needed to work the event — especially parents of freshmen, sophomores and juniors — and also community members who don’t have children at school anymore, as senior parents are often hosting family following the graduation ceremony.
Sonia Delgadillo lives in Grass Valley.