The Class of 2015 began senior year with what we hope becomes an annual tradition at John Carroll. Instead of starting with a traditional class schedule for day one, on Monday, August 25, seniors began the day with breakfast in the newly air conditioned cafeteria, then moved to the upper gym for an opening prayer followed a round of short talks about class spirit, citizenship, academic integrity, personal achievement, and class unity.
Students then divided into teams to participate in fourteen different activities that were placed around the oval in front of school. A perfect weather day was the backdrop for seniors to dunk their administrators and teachers, use three different large inflatable games, pop balloons, play 9-square, answer trivia questions, race on small plastic vehicles, and play can jam. Following lunch students were photographed after forming a giant 15, and then participated in canoes races on the pond by St. Joseph Hall.
Seniors, faculty, and staff ended the day back in the upper gym with a blessing of the class and a candle lighting ceremony. For some time, seniors have been asking to start class unity building at the beginning of the year, and not wait until Senior Retreat to come together. Everyone agrees that organizing Day One of Senior Year with team building in such a positive atmosphere was the perfect way to begin a great final year of high school.