Rose Seniors make their final hurrah
PUBLISHED BY JOSHUA GAY ON JUNE 5, 2014
Goodbye Rose, goodbye halls, goodbye football games, goodbye weird smells and of course goodbye wonderful teachers. The word goodbye brings a feeling of sorrow and despair and could even bring a feeling of loneliness to a person. Where has the time gone? For a senior in high school, being at the position now could sort of feel like a dream. Throughout the years, seniors have experienced the love, the joy and the pain. Learning new things each and everyday and enhancing their minds and abilities. As the countdown to graduation and senioritis is in full effect, it is not over yet. Seniors at Rose must face a final obstacle: senior symposium.
Symposium is a time in which seniors at Rose can show what they have done for their project and their contribution towards it. Even though Symposium is a night where seniors showcase their abilities, it is also a night to celebrate the current class of seniors.
“I'm amazed by pretty much every presentation that I have seen,” English teacher Ben Worthington said. “Preferably, I have a soft spot for the films though.”
Senior Symposium is one event where the seniors can show not only their talents, but show also what kind of work they could be going into in the future. One senior in particular teamed up with his partner and made cakes, but not just any cakes, they were cakes in a jar.
Seniors Richard Bendele and Ashanti Smith made the phenomenon of cakes in a jar. Bendele and Smith started their business cake in a jar and named it “Bendele’s Cake in a Jar”. They sold the cakes all around the school to not only the teachers but the staff as well. The duo came up with the idea by browsing around on the internet and typing in random stuff until they came upon cake in a jar. They gave their profit to the Rha Howell house located here in greenville.
“The process of making cake in a jar is really hard,” Bendele said. “It’s not just some random cake you pour onto a pan. You have to make sure the jar is clean and make sure there is no stuff on the sides.”
Seniors at both symposiums presented many different things, whether it was this semester’s Charlie Cannon and Robert Cellucci’s movie Gratuity or last semester’s rap fanatic Seth Singleton, seniors at Rose show they have bright futures. Speaking of future, senior Phillip Lawson chose his symposium idea mostly because it represented his future.
“My topic for symposium was concussions in football,” Lawson said. “I’ve always loved sports and I want to be a sports trainer. I needed a project idea so it sort of went hand in hand.”
Lawson said that it was a little tough getting everything together for this project, but after it all was said and done, he was happy with his progress. For Lawson’s contribution, he trained with athletic trainer Kevin Reilly here at Rose.
Senior Ashley Norris tied her senior project into what she did for her junior research paper. Norris and her partner senior Cassidy Clifton did their symposium on assistance to animals and animal abuse.
“For our contribution, we volunteered at the animal shelter,” Norris said. “For symposium, we talked about how animals that are abused are in animal shelters.”
Norris said she was a little nervous about presenting at symposium, which is a reason why she wanted to be in a group. After it was over, Norris said it wasn't that bad.
For seniors, the final days of high school are upon them. As the next few days go by, seniors should ponder the memories they had while at Rose. It could be the teachers they have experienced, the grades they made, the classes they had or even the people they encountered. Instead of singing the farewell song of goodbye, sing the song of “hello”. Hello to the future, hello to college, hello to the rest of their lives. Even though Rose seniors are making their final hurrah at Rose, this is not the end for them, it’s the beginning.