Grand Valley High School seniors are happily counting down to graduation day. Commencement will be held 7 p.m. June 4 in the Grand Valley High School Gymnasium. The decision to change the date from the usual Sunday afternoon to Friday evening was made due to multiple requests. The senior breakfast and commencement rehearsal will be held May 28.
When asked about graduating, senior Katlynn Beals shared a quote. “I’m not sure where I saw it now, but it never left my mind,” she said. “‘Even though we’ve changed and we’re all finding our own places in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we’ll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we’re not all still friends.’ I know that even though my friends and I are all going to different colleges we will stay friends no matter what.”
The yearly Powder Puff Football game sponsored by Student Council is coming up! On Wednesday the showdown between the classes will take place. The senior girls will face the freshmen girls first, and then the juniors will take on the sophomores. The winners of the two matches will face each other in the third game for the final victory. Guys from each class level will be the referees, coaches and cheerleaders. It will be an exciting night. A special thanks goes to English teacher Gary Baker for setting up the rules for play. All proceeds from the event will be used to support needy families in the Grand Valley community.
The annual Four-Way Speech Contest sponsored by the Rock Creek Area Rotary Club recently took place. The contest was open to all willing high school students. The speeches needed to consist of a topic of the presenter’s choice and be between four and seven minutes in length. Anyone participating received a minimum reward of $25. This year’s contest had a good response, with several participants: Julia Miller, Emily Nye, Olivia Padale, Melissa Prax, Jenna Rummel, Alexandra Waitinas and Samantha Rose Waitinas. After the contest, the Rotary Club hosted a luncheon so the participants could be recognized and the top three finalists given the opportunity to recite their pieces to the other Rotarians present. The first place winner, Emily Nye, continued on to the district competition. Melissa Prax and Jenna Rummel, second and third place winners respectively, were denoted as the alternates for the district competition. A job well done to all competitors!
Stunning dresses, dashing tuxedos, hand-made corsages, an elegant three course buffet dinner and a dance floor could only mean one thing – prom has come again. The evening of May 7 juniors and seniors were invited to the annual spring prom. This year the formal event took place at Dilucia’s Banquet Hall in Warren. The Prom Committee, consisting of volunteer juniors, worked that morning with adviser Rona Baker to set up the final decorations for the spectacular event. The Hawaiian theme, which was voted on earlier in the year by the seniors, was “A Tropical Paradise.” This annual dance was sponsored by the junior class of 2011.
This year the high school concert and jazz bands were invited to attend a competition in Williamsburg, Va. For the members of the band who opted to attend, there was an overwhelmingly positive response, as this was the first band trip. They brought home two trophies for receiving first place in both concert and jazz band in their division. Alex Waitinas also brought home a trophy for her solo in the jazz band performance.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all, so the judges made me nervous when they said a trumpet player had won it,” said Waitinas.
To take on the enormous task of fund-raising, the band sold 9,000 candy bars, and the band boosters worked the concession stand during basketball games.
“I look forward to going on another trip with the band in the future,” said director Timothy Carlson.
Congratulations to the involved band members!
In closing for this year’s reporting, thank you to everyone at Grand Valley High School and the Star Beacon for making our reporting so successful. Have a great summer and see you next year!