Class of 2018 Enjoys Senior Week Activities
Friday, May 4 | Senior Day | Senior Showcase & Commencement Luncheon | Auditorium & Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The Class of 2018’s final word to the school was given from student council president Paul Treuting in the State of the Blue Jay Address, a tradition that was started in 1994.
After being formally dismissed from their final Morning Assembly as Jesuit students, seniors made their way into the Auditorium to begin Senior Day activities. The main attraction was the Senior Showcase, a chance for Blue Jays to share their talents — and a few laughs — with their classmates.
Afterwards, seniors boarded several school buses for downtown where the 276 members of the Class of 2018 were officially welcomed into the Jesuit Alumni Association at the Commencement Luncheon. This year the luncheon was held in the Bienville Club Lounge of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Thursday, May 3 | Uniform Shirt Signing | S. Solomon St. & Outside Chapel of the North American Martyrs
Seniors gathered in the far end of the school yard and on S. Solomon Street to take part in one of the newer traditions at Jesuit — amassing the autographs of their classmates and beloved faculty and administration on their uniform shirts.
Wednesday, May 2 | Slip & Slide | Will Clark Field
Mr. “Top” Abshire brought the fun with only a few feet of plastic sheeting, orange traffic cones, and some bottles of dish soap. All of these things were thrown together to make one awesome slip ‘n slide. The Class of 2018 couldn’t help but to come up with creative ways to traverse the slippery visqueen. Some dove, others slid, and the truly brave attempted to run across. It was the perfect way to beat the heat on Wednesday’s sunny afternoon and to mark another day off of the countdown to the last full day of classes.
Tuesday, May 1 | Senior Jambalaya Lunch & Cabbage Ball Home Run Derby | Will Clark Field
Lunchtime on Tuesday was filled with the smell of spicy Jambalaya and the sound of batters smacking cabbage balls as the seniors crowded onto Will Clark field to eat lunch and watch their fellow classmates compete in the Cabbage Ball Home Run Derby. The goal of the game was to hit as many home-runs as possible without striking out. Each senior was allowed the usual three strikes. With a resounding cheer from his classmates, senior Dylan McKeough hit a whopping four home-runs in a row and was crowned victor of the derby. The savory jambalaya was generously cooked by Mr. Bill Poynot and served by members of the faculty. Fun activities like the derby are an annual rite of passage that rewards the upperclassmen for their hard work and exemplary behavior throughout their final year as high school students.
Monday, April 30 | Senior Lunch & “Senior Superlatives” Awards | Student Commons
On Monday, seniors met in the Student Commons during lunch to kick off a week of festivities surrounding their last full week of classes. Classmates enjoyed their final senior lunch from 5 Happiness Restaurant while starting to share the memories that has made their time together so special. The main event of the lunchtime activity was the “Senior Superlatives” awards, given to members of the class for witty and significant moments in the class’ history. Ranging from the “most likely to be outshined by his younger brother” to “largest nose,” the awards playfully brought to light highlights from students’ tenures as Blue Jays. The seniors also thought it was important to Skype in their classmate Chris Morel, who is still recovering from a serious injury in Houston. A final wonderful facet of Monday’s events was that seniors were invited to wear the shirt from the college they will be attending next school year. The idea helps students get a feel for where their classmates will be in the years ahead so they can wish each other well on future endeavors.
The well-deserved senior celebration will continue with lunchtime activities each day this week (see the schedule below), concluding with Commencement Luncheon at which the graduating seniors are officially welcomed into the Alumni Association.