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Seniors officially spend night on campus for first time in school history


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Photo by Christy Procida
Seniors stop playing Spikeball for a minute to take a photo with the sunset before spending the night on campus. This was the first time in school history that seniors were allowed to spend the night on campus.

On Aug. 26, for the first time in school history, the senior class was allowed to sleep over on campus for Senior Sunrise.

Seven seniors spent the night at Country Day watching “Deadpool,” eating Chipotle and playing games such as Cornhole.

The event was organized by mother Christy and senior Luca Procida and was chaperoned by alumnus Michael Cvetich, ’05. In prior years, seniors would come to school only at 6:30 a.m. to watch the sunrise together.

“It wasn’t a school function,” head of high school Brooke Wells said. “But it was approved by the school with a chaperone. It was a parent function. Like people using the space.”

Unlike in previous years, seniors arrived the night before to watch a movie and have dinner.

15 seniors showed up for the evening activities. Students participated in games such as Cornhole, Spikeball and Ultimate Frisbee.

“It was a very well-organized event,” senior Leo Eisner said. “The parents, teachers and (everyone) involved did a phenomenal job at organizing everything.”

For dinner, there was catered Chipotle. Seniors were able to make their own burritos, tacos or bowls to their liking.

Photo by Christy Procida
While only seven seniors spent the night on campus, most of the senior class arrived at school at 6:30 a.m. to watch the sunrise.

The seven seniors who spent the night had to struggle through cold temperatures and fast winds, according to Procida. The temperature had a low of 56 degrees Fahrenheit, and wind speeds got up to 12 miles per hour. Because of this, many of the seniors said they had trouble sleeping, especially those who weren’t in a tent.

However, many said that they didn’t mind staying awake, as they had others to talk to.

“We ended up talking the whole night,” Eisner said.  “Some of us fell asleep (for a couple hours). Only two of us (stayed awake the whole night).” said Eisner.

Senior Monique Lonergan agreed.

“It was a good bonding experience with my friends.”  Lonergan said.

In the morning, Wells and head of Country Day Lee Thomsen cooked breakfast for the seniors. Although most seniors didn’t sleep overnight, many did come to school early to watch the sunrise with the whole class.

—By Arijit Trivedi

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2 Responses to “Seniors officially spend night on campus for first time in school history”

  1. Sue Nellis on September 6th, 2018 8:21 am

    Over the years, seniors have spent the night on campus before the senior sunrise, contrary to the headline of this story. It may not have been as organized and “official,” but it definitely has happened!

  2. Christy Procida on September 6th, 2018 1:25 pm

    Arijit, Welcome to freshman year and congratulations on your first official Octagon Online Exclusive! Cannot begin to tell you how much your article is being enjoyed by family, friends & alumni of Country Day both near and far. Thank you for sharing the Senior Sunrise Sleepover with our community one that I hope future Seniors may continue to enjoy for years to come. Cavaliers forever! Mrs. P

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