Rising to the occasion

Seniors begin a new annual tradition


Seniors Dana Summers, Olivia Petersen, Carli Houfek, Jaya VanAckeren and Megan Forst pose together on the turf field with their college shirts representing where they will attend. “I will forever be grateful for my time at Millard West,” Houfek said. “I am excited to start a new chapter, but will definitely miss my friends.”

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla, Editor-in-Chief Catalyst Online

On Monday, May 10, the Class of 2021 gathered on the turf field to celebrate their upcoming graduation this month. 

The Senior Class Board wanted to host one more small event before the end of the school year.

“Honestly, I love sunrises and sunsets, and I saw the idea on YouTube, and the senior class didn’t get to do much together because of COVID,” Senior Class Board member Drew Heller said. “I thought it would be really fun and a different and cool way to get people involved at West.”

The board planned everything out and organized for The Beanery from Gretna to cater and serve frozen, iced and blended coffee drinks and smoothies. They also got four dozen glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme for everyone who came to the event.

“I really enjoyed being able to get coffee and donuts to start out my day,” senior Ellie Gottsch said. “I think this is something that could definitely become a new tradition because it is so easy and fun for everyone to be involved in.”

Along with the food aspects, students planned to wear a shirt representing the college they would be attending in the fall. This was a way for students to talk to one another and also play yard games.

“With it being an outside event, it was a lot easier to plan since we were not as restricted because of COVID,” Senior Class President Elise Nyffeler said. “With having everyone bring some yard games, it  gave us more to do before starting class for the day.”

Students brought games such as cornhole, spike ball and crossnet for seniors to play and compete against each other. 

During time in between games, friend groups took various pictures together posing in their college gear. 

As the class of 2021 soon leaves West, they cherish events like this before soon going their separate ways to start their new path.