This past Saturday, April 21, Neuqua held its annual Senior Spectacular for the graduating class of 2018. Every year, the Mardi Gras themed lock-in event is put on by a dedicated group of parent volunteers and teachers as a way of giving the seniors one last hurrah before graduation.
The festivities started at seven o’clock pm and went all the way to midnight. This year’s event featured attractions such as a tattoo parlor, an interactive game show and even a wandering magician. Some other activities included karaoke, tarot card readings and three fully catered food stations.
The food stations were an assortment of several local businesses such as Wild Tuna, Sharko’s and Old Towne Pizza. Because seniors are locked in until 12 a.m., there was also a coffee shop that served Starbucks iced coffee.
Although the event only lasted four hours, the planning for the night started in October of 2017. Head coordinator, Kim Wightkin, explained, “We have 35 separate committees with two chairpersons to organize all the behind the scenes details. The weekend is the event we have between 350-400 parent volunteers.” Volunteers did everything from setting up all of the activities, working the attractions and cleaning up.
At the end of the celebration, all the seniors gathered in the gym for the drawing of the many raffle prizes. Prizes included gift cards, college dorm supplies and even a TV. After the raffle drawings, the night ended in dramatic fashion as hundreds of balloons dropped from the ceiling celebrating one last school year coming to a close, but also a job well done by the event’s coordinators.
Story and photo by Kayla Monis
Madison Zaleski and Virginia Gramarosso pose at Neuqua’s annual Senior Spectacular event. Photo by The Echo.