Before the Loyalsock Township High School’s class of 2014 received diplomas last week, they locked themselves in for the first senior lock-in. The event allowed the students to have a fun night together with their classmates, one last time before graduation.
The event was organized by Rebecca Leid, Spanish teacher at the high school and one of the class advisors, and Alicia Carner, special education teacher. The event was a creative plan to keep the students safe before graduation and to let them have fun.
“The goal of this event is to provide a safe and drug-free environment for seniors before graduation practice and festivities,” Leid said.
Leid and Carner began planning the lock-in around early April. A majority of the items that were needed for the lock-in were provided through donations.
“The community has been a huge help,” Leid said.
The fun-filled evening started off with the 82 students being bussed to the Hiawatha. While the students enjoyed the river cruise, snacks were provided for the students to enjoy.
Malorie Scoppa performed on the cruise for entertainment. Students also were able to make memories in the photo booth, that was provided by the yearbook staff.
After the Hiawatha cruise, they were surprised by a trip to Faxon Bowling Lanes, where the students were able to enjoy an hour of cosmic bowling.
The seniors arrived back at the high school at midnight where the festivities continued. They received raffle tickets, and participated in activities like Zumba and volleyball in the gym.
From 1 to 3 a.m., the students enjoyed the musical entertainment of a DJ. They then regained their energy between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. where they indulged in ice cream sundaes and lattes in the auditorium lobby.
Once the students were on a sugar rush and caffeine kick, they made their way over to the paper football tournament, where the winner received an iTunes gift card.
A wing eating competition was held on the auditorium stage, where six seniors had two minutes to eat as many wings as they could. Participants could not use their hands and were given 35 wings each. The winner received an iTunes gift card and more raffle tickets.
From 3:45 to 4 a.m. the seniors participated in a balloon release. The balloons were to symbolized the faculty and staff at the high school, who pushed the seniors to reach for their life goals and helped them create a dream, and now they are letting them go.
At 4 a.m. the seniors participated in the volleyball tournament, until it was time for the arm wrestling tournament at 5 a.m. The winner of the arm wrestling tournament received more raffle tickets and an iTunes gift card.
From 6 to 7:30 a.m. the students returned to the gym for a “drive-in” movie.
At 7:30 a.m. the teachers served the students a breakfast that included, bacon, eggs, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and Mr. Stickys. While the seniors ate, raffle winners were announced.
After breakfast, the seniors made their way to graduation rehearsal, and then home for some much need sleep.