Class Day Tradition ContinuesThursday, June 08, 2006 By Kat Roberts
Despite the rank-smelling Senior prank, Friday, June 2nd was saved by the annual tradition of Class Day, which took place during 6th period. Due to the construction of the auditorium, students were forced to hold Class Day in the gym. Underclassmen crowded into the bleachers while the Seniors sat on folding chairs on the gym floor. The seniors faced a podium on a makeshift stage of risers and a projection screen. The annual tradition began when the seniors filed into their seats from the hallway dressed in cap and gown. When they had all taken their seats, senior Kristen Grinnell kicked off the festivities with her rendition of the National Anthem. Senior Class President Robbie Lunsford then took the stage, introducing the other Senior Class officers. The class officers then thanked the administration and guidance departments for all their work in helping the class, giving them gifts and flowers. Teachers Marina Becouvarakis, Susan Constantinides, and Amy Holtschneider were also thanked by the class for their support. Lunsford then thanked the Senior class itself, and introduced Senior Erin Mayfield, who danced to the song “Shake, Rattle, and Roll.” After Mayfield’s performance, Senior Class Treasurer Hannah Carson introduced Laura Pilati, who read the class poem. The Senior skits, the favorite part of Class Day by many students, followed the class poem. Seniors began the first skit, based on an average class day, mocking both students and teachers alike. The rantings of Curtis Watkins (Jr.) in Theresa Hux’s anatomy class and Douglas Frankie’s (Jr.) participation on the step team were mocked by Lunsford and Tom Williams (Sr.). During the break between the first and second skits, Seniors Nick Warman, Tyler Gelles, Hunter Pinnel, and Brianna Shields perfomed the song “It’s Just Another Saturday” with Shields on vocals. The next skit, entitled “Coaches,” was introduced by Williams, and Seniors dressed as a few of York’s many coaches took the stage. The audience rolled with laughter, however, when Senior Miguel Machuca entered the gym dressed as a construction worker and carrying a ladder. The hilarity of the skit continued with Machuca’s Spanish utterances whenever a girl walked by. “It shows that Miguel,” said Brendan Lane (So.), also in reference to when Machuca dressed as a hobo on Halloween Day back in October, “can play every stereotype known to man.” After “Coaches,” the traditional slide show was presented with only a small technical malfunction at its start. After the slide show, Lunsford gave the Senior class a motion to rise and exit, saying, “Juniors you know what to do.” As the new Senior class tried to redeem their long-sought seats, the graduating class surprised them by taking the folding chairs with them and marching out of the gym. The new Seniors persisted though, standing on the gym floor instead of sitting.