The Year In Review
– By Anna Ratcliff –
The 2011-2012 school year has been full of events for the students at Newport High School. From Homecoming to Spring Break, Seniors are rushing to finish up with the rest of the school year before they graduate on June 9th and head off to college. This will be the last time many Seniors will see each other until their class reunions. Here’s a look back at this year: the Senior Class managed to win homecoming after three years of coming in last place, they also went to Silverwood for the annual Scarywood Theme Park, and the Winter Ball arrived.
Homecoming is towards the beginning of the year during the football season. This year, the Newport High School Senior Class of 2012 managed to pull off a win after coming in last place for the past three years straight. There has been talk of Homecoming being rigged in the favor of the current Senior Class that year. The theme the Seniors won with was Curse the Cougars; filled with a Halloween theme to give it that cursed look. Previous themes for that class include: Light up the Lancers (Junior), The running of the Bulldogs (Sophomore), and Bulldoze the Bulldogs (Freshmen). They also had the opportunity to create and perform their own “Senior Stomp” in front of the entire High School that Friday. Later on that night, the Newport Grizzly football team took down the Chewelah Cougars 41-26.
Several weeks later, the Seniors took a trip to Scarywood in order to celebrate their final year of high school together. They left the high school at 4:30 on October 14th, 2011 during the school’s parent/teacher conferences. Arriving at the theme park around 6:00, the group headed in to the nearby pizza parlor before running off towards the Zombie Express Train-ride at 7:00. Many students found this enjoyable as it put their fears to the test, seeing if they could handle their fears in real life.
Later on, the Seniors hosted the Winter Ball at Kelly’s restaurant in Newport, Washington. It was the first time in years that a restaurant/bar had ever been used as the venue for the school dance. A new DJ was hired to work at the dance, playing many remixes of favored songs. Along with dancing, students were also able to hang out in the dining area as well as play pool against their friends.
The school year is almost up for Newport High School, but that doesn’t mean the memories will end with it. Prom was a few weeks ago, and the Senior All-Nighter and graduation ceremony are coming up. Through the many events that happened at Newport High, students will be able to carry on those memories to their adulthood. Amber Verville, a senior at Newport commented on her plans for after graduation, “After I graduate, I plan to attend the Evergreen State College. I also plan to study abroad my Sophomore or Junior year.” The Seniors now have less than a month to get their plans in order before they graduate from Newport High School and move on with their lives.
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