Senior bench, singing of the school song after assemblies, and front row of student section at games.
Senior year is a big deal. It’s very important and when you’re out of high school and reflecting on your glory days, senior year is the year. Therefore, special places and traditions around the school help make it different from past years.
“Everyone knows senior bench, and also the front row of the student section is pretty sacred to the seniors,” said Easton Satterthwaite, member of the hype squad. “We line the front row of the student section at football games and cheer the loudest.”
Every home game it’s a rush to get a good spot, and if you want one, especially the front row, it’s pretty difficult. Students get to the field as early as 2 hours early to snatch a prime spot.
“Personally I don’t think sophomores and juniors should be on front row of the student section,” said Ian Allen, also member of the hype squad. “It’s kind of a rite of passage, it’s the seniors’ last year of high school and it’s special to be right up in all the action. I just think the sophomores and juniors should understand that they will have their year, let the seniors have theirs.”
Not just the hype squad, but seniors in general are pretty serious about who sit in the student section, and there may or may not be consequences if you jeopardize that.
“Student section is for student that cheer. Period. More specifically, front row is even more strict, it’s for seniors, it’s just how it is,” said Jay Scott, senior running back. “I’ve seen sophomores and juniors told to move if they are front row and not a senior at games. When I’m on the field I want to look over and see the most excited, hype, and loudest students. Especially now that I’m a senior, I’ve been waiting for the season where I can look over and see my class having the best time and cheering us on. Some juniors and sophomores don’t understand how special of a tradition it is to the seniors. I say they need to wait until it’s their year, it will come.”
But what are other traditions for the graduating class? The singing of the school song at the end of assemblies is a major one. All the seniors are invited up on the stage and sing it together, and it’s pretty darn nostalgic for the seniors.
“It’s the best feeling when you’re on the stage, together with your class, belting the school song,” Satterthwaite said. “It’s one of the highlights of senior year, and it’s an important moment for every senior I think.”
And let’s not forget about senior bench, the iconic seat in the commons for the seniors only.
“I’ve seen people been asked to leave the bench,” said Colby Sorensen, senior. “It’s a little more lenient than the student section, but it’s still pretty stupid to sit there if you are not a senior. Senior bench kind of stands for more than just any other seat in the commons, it feels like it’s a special spot for the seniors to be and not be disturbed by the sophomores and juniors.”
“Senior year is important, it’s the ‘lasts’ of high school; last home football game, last prom, last assembly,” said Scott. “It’s important to have special traditions to remember it by and make it lasting.”