Rather than my usual "casualty" tweets, I took the time last night to actually walk around and talk to people. Let's just say I had a suddenly revelation not to live through my phone but actually shake hands and get pictures. A number of college students returned and told their stories, students I haven't had for two years were able to talk with me again, and I finally solved multiple mysteries about who dating whom. (I was wrong on many counts.) I think the best part of the night was just the chance to talk with the students one last time. The school day and the class periods always move far too quickly to have quality conversations with the very students I'm tasked with teaching. I've said before it's too easy to see some of them as "portfolios" rather than people. Last night, for perhaps the first and last time, I was able to hear what the students are really thinking, as well as their plans for next year and beyond. Of course, that only makes the end of the evening two hours later all the more bittersweet as they walk out the door and disappear. The craziness of the graduation ceremony will act as one final farewell, but for many, this was it.
In continuing last year's tradition, the class of 2014 wrapped up the evening with "you-thought-it'd-be-cheesy-but-it-actually-works-now" Graduation song. While it was impossible to get everything, I have a short snippet below. And of course, all the pictures I could take are in the slideshow. Feel free to send me some if you'd like me to add them in!
Oh, and just for fun, here are the missing #PromThoughts:
25. DJ challenges the crowd to "raise the roof"; forgets they're in an outdoor stadium
24. Teenagers carry $300 8mp cameras with them all night; wait a half hour to take a picture in a 1930s photobooth
23. Chaperone gets hungry en route and eats a Big Mac; enjoys it more than his $72 dinner.
22. Students uninterested by official Prom Class of 2014 cups; Cups reach Beanie-Baby status when only given to seniors.
21. Teachers excited when they hear rumors of a Nacho Cheese fountain...but mispronounced "not your cheese".
20. DJ asks dancers to "put their elbows in the air"; students accidentally break into the chicken dance.
19. Purbalite editor writes about how twerking leads to ripped dresses; doesn't twerk and rips her dress anyway.
18. Chaperone disappointed to find the dance is not on the grass, despite spending months telling his students otherwise.
17. Students watch the sunset into the west, representing the end of their high school lives...miss the symbolism completely.
16. Girl plans to tell everyone how her dress makes her look like a mermaid; thrilled when everyone figures out anyway.
15. Chaperones sneak onto the field to take a picture; Field is missing football lines and now resembles a soccer stadium...
14. Student worries all the phones charging on wall outlets will cause a power outage; forgets she's in a massive arena.
13. DJ claims he "has a problem with people who has a problem"; gets caught in his own logical loop and is unable to DJ again.
12. Many pictures taken to remember the night forever; all of them taken with Vertical iPhone syndrome.
11. Tired table decides to play cards for two hours; inadvertently create the most expensive card game in BW history.
10. Mystery DJ shows up for one song and quickly disappears; song was "It Was All a Dream" as no one remembers him.
9. Students participate in the Green Movement to save the planet, use less fabric than ever before.
8. For the fourth dance in a row, "I'm Different" is played.
7. The song "Turn Down for What" continues to stump teachers and administrators. They start to suspect it's rhetorical.
6. Students rush to be the first/only ones to claim the "candy bar"; discover it's actually a Bar with Candy on it.
5. Seniors wish each other a tearful goodbye at the end of the night; get into the same limo and all go back to the same house.
4. Despite being at Heinz Field, no one plays "Renegade". The Steelers Defense stays hidden all night and goes home.
3. Seniors pull off one of the classiest, elegant proms ever. They should be exceedingly proud of the work they're done.
2. Teacher spends the entire next morning writing a fond farewell; forgets he'll see them all again on Monday...and Tuesday.
1. Chaperone realizes that three years wasn't nearly enough time to spend with the Class of 2014. They will be sorely missed.