By Piper Browne
Due to the “boatload” of money the senior class has made over the last four years, their senior week is going to be full of fun activities, many for free, according to the senior class advisor Eric Magers.
Most classes are advised to make around $25,000 in order to pay for things like prom and a white water rafting trip, but this year’s senior class has made more than $42,000 due to an abundance of very successful fundraisers, according to Magers.
“It’s the most amazing fundraising this school has ever seen,” Magers said. “The parents have really united over the years, and students have always been there to help. We wouldn’t be able to do the things we are about to embark on without everyone’s help.”
Senior week starts on Friday, May 27, with a mandatory Memorial Day assembly at 8:30 a.m. After the assembly, seniors are free to leave until 5:30 p.m., when the buses leave for prom. This year, prom will be at the New England Aquarium. Tickets are $50 for seniors and $70 for underclassmen.
“I have been getting a lot of complaints about the pricey tickets, but we decided it was worth it for the new, more interesting and exciting venue,” Magers said.
The senior class will travel to Prince Pizza in Saugus on Sunday, May 29 for a pizza and comedy night. The night is $25 per person and $250 for each bus, but it is all paid for with the money made by the class. Magers received good feedback about the comedy night. “I’ve heard it’s very funny and age appropriate,” he said.
Next on May 30 through May 31, the class will be going on a white water rafting trip on the Kennebec River in Maine and will be staying at the Northern Outdoors lodge in Forks. The trip costs about $12,000.
“It is a great way for the class to really bond. There is a lot of ‘remember when’ conversations and a time for the Manchester and Essex kids to reminisce,” Magers said.
“I am definitely looking most forward to the white water rafting trip,” senior class vice president Molly Friedman said. “The bonding aspect is what really makes me most excited. We are all going to be a lot closer after the two days.”
The senior class begin the day with a mandatory graduation practice on Wednesday, June 1and then at 10 a.m., the seniors will leave for their Six Flags trip until 8 p.m. The class funds cover the cost of about $29 per person.
A mandatory athletic and academic awards ceremony is held on Thursday, June 2. After the ceremony, seniors will attend another graduation practice and then a potluck lunch at Tucks Point, put on by the senior parents. Later that night at 7 p.m., the Baccalaureate ceremony will take place in the high school auditorium.
Graduation will be held at the Joseph Hyland Field on Friday, June 3, from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m.
“The time we have all been waiting for will finally be here. I cannot wait to walk across that field in my cap and gown,” senior class secretary Grace Gillette said.