Administration schedules senior activities

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Although the Class of 2021 began their last school year during a pandemic, administration scheduled the usual senior activities in hopes of providing a traditional second semester. (Graphic/Kayla Rubenstein)

After the pandemic prompted the cancellation of senior activities for the Class of 2020, questions arose about the plans for the Class of 2021. In a virtual meeting with senior parents Oct. 8, administration and senior advisers presented the plans, including graduation and second semester activities. Organized chronologically, below are the upcoming events:

April 23: Grad Bash

Departing at noon Friday and returning at 6:30 a.m. the following day, seniors will spend the day and night at Universal Orlando. Permission slips to attend will be distributed in English class. Seniors will automatically have an excused absence, regardless of Grad Bash participation.

April 29: Senior Breakfast

Wearing sweatshirts and shirts depicting the college the senior will attend, seniors will be treated to a hot breakfast, gifts and prizes. After the breakfast, sponsored by the PTO, seniors will parade down the sidewalk by the canal as Lower School students cheer them on. A half day for seniors, attendance will be taken at the breakfast, and those who attend will have an excused absence first through fourth period. 

April 30: Senior Prom and Senior Skip Day

Planned to occur at the Gallery of Amazing Things, Senior Prom will include dinner and dancing. Ticket sales will open Feb. 23 for $80, with the price increasing to $100 March 5. The last day to buy the non-refundable tickets will be April 23. There will be no school for seniors April 30. 

May 7: Senior Carnival and Last Day for Seniors

As the last day of school for seniors, May 7 will bring the Annual Senior Carnival. With rides set up on the back field, the carnival will begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. Seniors will then be dismissed from campus. Like with Grad Bash, seniors will receive permission slips in their English classes.

May 10-11: Senior Exams

So long as students have a C- or higher for second semester, seniors may exempt all their exams. The exact exam schedule will first be released during Senior Breakfast, then posted on the portal and emailed out. 

May 12: Graduation Rehearsal

In order to walk at graduation, seniors must attend the 9 a.m. rehearsal. Located at the NSU Rick Case Arena, seniors must arrive on time and ready to begin. If there is a true emergency, email assistant principal Mrs. Melissa Beccerra. 

May 13: Senior Dinner

Scheduled for 7 p.m. at Signature Grand, Senior Dinner will highlight the Class of 2021 through a student-produced video. Tickets will be $40 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and dinner. Details of the event and ticket purchasing will be emailed as the event approaches. 

May 14: Heritage Senior Awards

Graduates who will receive an award and their family are invited to attend the ceremony that begins promptly at 6 p.m and will span about two hours. The Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for May 12 and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Theater.

May 15: Graduation

Each senior will be allotted nine tickets, received at the graduation rehearsal, for graduation at NSU University Center. The program will begin at 11 a.m. sharp, with doors opening an hour before and will extend through 1:15 p.m. Administration recommends scheduling lunch plans for 2 p.m. Seniors will receive more information as the event approaches.

As a senior, Kayla Rubenstein spends her fourth (and heartbreakingly final) year on staff as Online Editor-in-Chief, Business Manager and Social Media Correspondent. Wanting to make the most of her senior year, Kayla serves as the President of Quill and Scroll, Historian of Rho Kappa and Co-Historian of NHS, while also actively participating in EHS and SNHS. Outside of school, Kayla contributes to Mensa’s publications and volunteers with different organizations within her community. An avid reader, Kayla can often be found with her nose in a book when not working on an article for The Patriot Post or developing a project for iPatriot Post.

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