September 17, 2019
(Photo by Zia Williams, Cypress Springs HS)
By Zia Williams, Cypress Springs HS
Sept. 17, 2019—Cypress Springs High School began a new tradition, as staff and students held the school’s first annual Senior Sunrise from 6 to 8 a.m. on Sept. 14 at the football field.
Senior Sunrise is the opening chapter for the students in the Class of 2020, with plans in place to hopefully conduct a closing chapter–called the Senior Sunset–to end the school year, according to Karla Rojas, Cypress Springs senior class president.
Cypress Springs seniors were encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit down and watch the sun rise. The event also included games, snacks, picture props, music and other entertainment.
“I think this Senior Sunrise is a good way to start off our senior year for sure,” senior Muskan Chamdal said. “It is a great way to start off an even greater year.”
Added fellow Cypress Springs senior Olivia Nolasco: “I decided to come to the Senior Sunrise because it is the first annual senior thing this year. Also, since we have the sunrise at the beginning of the year, I am hoping we could have a sunset at the end of the year.”
(Photo by Alissay Parra, Cypress Springs HS)
Helping provide entertainment as a guest DJ was Smith Middle School sixth grade student Caleb Thompson, who goes by the stage name DJ T-REX. Thompson is 11 years old and the son of Cedrick Thompson, a Cypress Springs teacher and step team sponsor.
Games included three-legged races, potato sack races, wheelbarrow races, Connect Four and others. Winners and others earned prizes and giveaways.
The takeaway for many, besides the fun and games, was celebrating what it is to be a senior.
“Being a senior means to be a leader to the underclassmen,” senior Kaitlyn Page said. “It also means being self-accountable and responsible.”