Graduation Saturday at LHS
Construction at Lansing High School may have deterred activities this school year, but seniors won't let it get in the way of their graduation on Saturday, May 19.
Riann Deere, senior class president, said her class didn't have the traditional homecoming or senior year parades because of construction of a new auditorium, but that hasn't stopped the 2007 seniors from having a great time.
Their commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Frank Graham Field. When Deere speaks on Saturday to her class of approximately 165 fellow students, she said she would ask her peers to "flash back" at significant events growing up, from their first field trip to prom.
LHS principal Steven Dike said he encourages parents and other guests to arrive early to find parking, which will be a "big issue."
During a phone interview Wednesday afternoon, Dike said he didn't expect the weather to be an issue Saturday. He said the forecast looked clear of rain, but in the event it happened, the school would notify graduates Thursday night at the latest. The alternative location is McGilley Field House at University of St. Mary.
Dike said school officials have changed the layout so guests could have better visibility of the ceremony and if they want to take photos near the stage, they can avoid walking through the crowd as in the past, he said.
Seniors will don their cap and gown at 7 p.m. today, May 17, for an awards ceremony at the school gymnasium. The ceremony honors academic achievements, the teacher of the year and announces the class' valedictorian and salutatorian. Linda Tubbs, counselor, said 43 local clubs, churches and organizations provide scholarships to students, too.
"This community is extremely generous in helping kids," Tubbs said.
Deere said she was looking forward to Operation Graduation party after all of the pomp and circumstance is finished. The alcohol-free party for seniors will be a lock-in at Dave and Busters at The Legends in Kansas City from 11 p.m. Saturday, until 5 a.m. Sunday, May 20.