When class of 2018 President, twelfth-grader Lindsay Kaighin, promised in her election speech that she would “make senior year count” by starting new senior traditions, she was nowhere short of the truth. Kaighin, along with class of 2018 Vice President Christina Florendo, and Principal’s Council Representative Sy Schimberg, is starting a new tradition for Pine View seniors — painting their own parking spaces. The three presented the idea to High School Assistant Principal Tara Spielman last week, and it is now turning into reality.
On Friday, Aug. 17, from 1:30-3 p.m., the class of 2018 seniors will have the opportunity to bring their own paint and be creative with their parking spaces. “I thought it would be a really cool tradition. It’s something quirky and fun for our senior class to do,” Kaighin said.
There is a $5 fee to paint the parking space; however the money will go to benefit the Haiti School Fundraiser, a school-wide initiative to raise money to build a school in Haiti. “It’s awesome that the money is going to charity,” Kaighin said. “Our class has already met the fund requirement for the y
ear, so we can start raising extra money to help out others. I want to kick start the [Haiti School Fundraiser] in a fun way.”
Spielman said she is very excited for this new Pine View senior tradition to begin. “I hope this tradition will continue,” she said. According to Spielman, she promotes creativity, as long as the paintings are in appropriate taste. Due to environmental concerns, all paints must be acrylic.
Class of 2018 sponsors Christine Braun and Hali Flahavan will be sponsoring the event. “I really feel this event is a great way for the senior class to express their individuality and pride for their class,” Braun said. “Events like this give the underclassmen something to look forward to as well as make the senior year very memorable,” Flahavan said.
For seniors who are not available to paint their space this Friday, there will be another painting day before the quarter ends. This will make sure everyone gets the opportunity to literally make their mark on the Pine View campus. However, at the end of the year, the class of 2018 seniors will be required to repaint their parking space back to a solid color so the incoming class of 2019 seniors will have a fresh s
tart to their own paintings.
Kaighin said, “I expect that this tradition will continue to be something fun for the seniors to do. It will be cool to come back and visit Pine View after we graduate, see the painted spaces, and know that we started it all.”
Photos by Humor Editor Allie Odishelidze and eighth-grade journalist students Zander Moricz, Kelly Fung and Frankie Clay