WCHS graduation festivities begin for the Class of 2019


Photo Courtesy of Matthew Sun

WCHS Principal Brandice Heckert addressing the WCHS Class of 2019 during their .graduation ceremony.

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor

It’s the time of year. seniors are finally ready to graduate and head into summer before embarking on their next chapter. But before they go, WCHS had planned many events for the seniors such as the senior banquet, senior breakfast and so much more.

“Looking back though, WCHS provided as much of a stress free environment as they could, and I appreciate that more than ever now that I’ll be going to college,” senior Maya Hatoum said.
The senior breakfast was held on May 22, 2019 in our cafeteria from 8 a.m to 9 a.m. There was a variety of food such as fruit, bagels, donuts, granola bars and yogurt. At the door parents were handing out lanyards that said Class of 2019. Parents were even there enjoying the breakfast.

The senior graduation rehearsal was held in the main gym from 9 a.m to 11:30 a.m right after the senior breakfast. There graduation tickets as well as cap and gown was distributed.

“I got cap and gown at the rehearsal and cords from honor societies I joined,” senior Eri Kim said.
Throughout high school students have been joining honor societies and earning the most SSL as they can so that when they graduate they can get their cords, tassels and pins. It was also a method of ensuring that each student was applicable with no obligations or faulty attendance. As it was during the delayed opening, due to the MISA and HSA, seniors were able to use the gym without distractions of other students.

“We had to rehearse several times because our class were not doing it the way they were supposed to,” Hatoum said.

As this was the only time that seniors had to practice for the actual graduation, the teachers had wanted the senior class to be impeccable even if it meant that they had to do more times than they wanted. The panoramic class picture was taken after the graduation rehearsal in the stadium where they received the senior section for newspaper, as well as the WCHS alumni shirts that were distributed by the journalism students and Mr. Lee. The seniors were organized randomly by how they walked in. They even had a professional photographer come take the picture.

Senior graduation is on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The Constitutional Hall will open at 9 a.m for parents. The required attire for boys is white shirt and dark shoes and girls is dresses and dress shoes. The speeches will be given by the student board members and a guest speaker from someone who works at the Washington Post. This is an event that all students look forward to in their years of high school and is the first path to becoming independent.
The senior banquet was also held on May 22, 2019 at the Smokey Glen Farm. Seniors had dressed semi formal and tickets were $30. The banquet had lasted about 3 hours long.

“Many seniors went and it was really relaxing and casual compared to other senior events,” senior Jessie Ma said.

They were able to play games like mini golf and volleyball.

“Most seniors dressed up well to the banquet,” senior Catalina Escalante said. “It was nice because it’s the last time all of us will be in one room.”

This was the last event that the seniors had together as a class and many were able to enjoy it to the fullest.
All in all, these events were for seniors to say their last farewells as they will be going off to college soon and for those who will miss their friends and the memories they share.