More than 180 members of the Class of 2019 gathered at the football field at dawn on October 30 for Senior Sunrise, an annual event held to celebrate the start of the students’ final year of high school.
The students enjoyed delicious baked goods, courtesy of Dragon Parent bakers, along with hot cocoa, whipped cream and coffee, as they watched the sun rise as a class.
“We were thrilled to see so many seniors. The Senior Sunrise is a wonderful time for the seniors to relax and be together with no pressures,” said Associate Principal Brian Judd, who helped plan the event with student leaders.
The seniors were in a reflective mood and spoke about their strong connection to O’Dowd and their fellow classmates. “Senior year has been really stressful, but as a class we have really come together as friends. We have connections to each other that will last a lifetime. We are also grateful to our teachers who have been really supportive,” said Katie Van Nyhuis ’19.
Ellie Desler ’19, who was busy capturing photos of her classmates for the yearbook, said “It’s just nice to have all of the seniors together. And it was great that Mr. Blume came back to be with us.”
Volunteering to help organize and serve the seniors was Tere Hanson, whose youngest daughter, Julia, is a senior. “It is a chance for the kids to cherish their senior year and the connections they have made and a reminder to always remember to stop and enjoy the little things in life,” she said.
A special thank you to all the parents who donated items and helped set up for this memorable event.
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