May 17, 2012

Planning senior send-offs

As graduation approaches for Knox’s class of 2012, clubs and organizations on campus prepare to say goodbye.
“It’s one last chance to see seniors off because many of us aren’t staying for senior week or graduation,” junior and member of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Amanda Lee said.
APO’s senior farewell involves food, usually a barbecue. Active members as well as members who have become inactive during their time at Knox are invited to attend. This year’s event will be celebrating 13 seniors. Traditionally, the location for this event is kept secret from the seniors until it occurs.
“We told the seniors that they’re going to China,” Lee said.
At the event, it is also a surprise for the seniors which APO member reads their farewell speech. They are also presented with gifts picked out by members of the club to fit their personality.
Chemistry Club’s farewell is more informal. It involves a picnic where members of the club taste beer made for their annual beer brewing competition and crown the winner. This year’s picnic will involve Physics Club, Math Club and Pre-Health Club in addition to members of Chemistry Club. Although it is not an official “senior farewell,” many members see the picnic as a chance to say goodbye to their senior members.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s (IVCF) farewell event is an emotional one.
“They [the seniors] usually get up and tell us a little about their faith journey and how it’s gotten them through their time at Knox … it’s really emotional,” junior and IVCF Co-president Blair Peters said.
As a junior who has been involved with IVCF since her freshman year, Peters looks toward her own “senior night.”
“It’s weird knowing that I’ll have done it for three years and then next year it will be for me … I always think of what I would say when I hear the speeches,” Peters said. “The night is sentimental because we’re sending them off but also imagining what it will be like without them.”

Camille Brown
Camille Brown is a junior majoring in English literature and double minoring in educational policy and journalism. Previously, she served as editor-in-chief of her high school paper and a reporter for TKS. She spent the summer of 2012 freelancing for The Peninsula Gateway and is currently pursuing an independent study concerning the media’s influence on education.


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