The Communicator

The Communicator

The Communicator

Senior Celebration of 2024

“You’re leaving behind the last official vestiges of childhood for a new world, and it’s wild.” – Assistant Dean Rebecca Westrate

As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, senior celebrations continue. From the senior spork game to our forum senior send-off, today, May 23, 2024, was one of the last celebrations for the seniors. The next is graduation, where CHS sends the seniors into their next chapter of life.

By 2 p.m., the class of 2024 gathered in the craft theater, where Noah Kahan’s song, “You’re Gonna Go Far,”  blasted throughout the theater, creating a sentimental setting for the celebration. Dean Marci Tuzinsky and Assistant Dean Rebecca Westrate stood onstage as seniors filed into the room. Seniors were seated with their fellow forumettes, whom they had experienced high school with. 

“When I was walking into the theater, I finally began to fully realize that I’m graduating in a week,” Ari Taylor, a CHS senior, explained. “I just remembered being a junior and seeing all of my senior friends on their last day and thinking, ‘Wow, that’s going to be me one day.’ And now that day is here, and it’s full of so many crazy, exciting and sad feelings.”  

The afternoon of remembrance started with a speech from Westrate. Her remarks were full of congratulations and moments for reflection. She then invited students to come up on the stage to grab a candle.  

“The candle is going to signify everything that you’ve done here for the past four years,” Westrate said. “It’s going to represent all of the light from your forum leaders, from your parents, from your friends, your peers and yourself that you’ve done to create this transformation over the last four years. The other thing that this candle does is signify your place here at Community.” 

One forum at a time, seniors crossed the stage and claimed their candles. They were met with handshakes and hugs from the deans. Once they were back in their seats, Westrate took the stage again to give some final advice. 

“Think about your ups and your downs from the last four years,” Westrate said. “You’ve had some battles over the last four years; you’ve had some wild successes over the last four years, and you’ve done a lot on this personal journey. So just take a moment here to pause.”  

After a moment of reflection, the candles were blown out one by one, and the room was in darkness. To conclude her speech, there was only one thing left to say. 

“We love you; we’re proud of you. Congratulations,” Westrate said. 

Next, chairs were pushed back as the class of 2024 made their way into the hallway to collect their t-shirts before heading to the front. 

Lastly, the moment everyone was waiting for happened — the tossing of the colorful clouds of color. Seniors created a circle by the front of the school, so they could all run to the middle as they threw the colorful packets in the air. Releasing the colors in the air, in the center of the circle, as they all run in brings them together. Each senior leaves the circle covered and stained with powder, with a wide variety of colors on their clothes. 

“It was so fun to have one last hurrah together as a class, and if it was the perfect way to do it, that was just so Community,” Anya Akhoury, a CHS senior, said. “The powder was so fun, and running was so chaotic. It made sense to run into the middle because we are quickly coming up to graduation, and it was special celebrating all together before we all leave and go our separate ways. I’ll definitely remember that forever, and I really miss this place.”

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Clara Freeth
Clara Freeth, Social Media Editor-in-Chief
Clara Freeth is a junior at CHS. This is her second year in journalism and her first as a Social Media Editor-In-Chief. When not writing, she can be found playing field hockey as captain of the Ann Arbor Huron varsity team, listening to music in her room, or spending time outside with her friends. Clara is excited about all that this year has to offer!
Luca Hinesman
Luca Hinesman, Journalist
Luca Hinesman is currently a Sophomore at Community High School and a believer in buying expensive coffees. When not in CET rehearsals or mock trial practices, you can find them reading books about revenge, catching up on homework, or hanging out with friends. Luca is currently in their first semester with The Communicator and is excited to contribute their ideas this year!

Comments (0)

All The Communicator Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *