The school year has officially come to an end. The seniors have walked across the stage at graduation, underclassmen have put away the books and teachers have packed up the classroom in preparation for an eventful, safe summer.
As a graduating senior, I can honestly say I never thought that day would come. All the monotony of getting up in the morning each day for school is over. Each test, essay, memory and experience of high school has culminated into one life-changing day.
The long-awaited prom season is officially over, and now students, especially seniors, can look forward to finals ending, graduation and summer nights.
But before the academic hiatus can begin, students must endure the typical end of the year activities, including finals, AP testing, Keystone exams and more. However, students can enjoy the annual concerts, events and awards which occur at the end of the school year.
May is finally upon us. The month of warmer weather, relaxed academic pressure (in the minds of students), proms and last but not least AP testing.
A new addition to the month of May would be the first ever annual Emmaus High School College Fair, sponsored by the counseling office.
The fair will be held at EHS 6 to 8 p.m. May 1. Students in all grade levels, as well as their parents, are encouraged to attend. The college search is important and can be an overwhelming process, so it is important to attend.
Thursday, April 4 marks the end of the fourth marking period for East Penn students, which means school is almost over and summer is rapidly approaching.
In addition to the anticipation of summer vacation, students can also look forward to the spring musical, spring concerts, Final Fling, proms and more.
Seniors can look forward to senior ball, afterball, senior picnic, Baccalaureate, graduation and senior week trips.
Spring has sprung at Emmaus High School, which means a lighter wardrobe, the start of the spring season, the spring musical, proms and the annual Shave for the Brave event.
Shave for the Brave will be held 5 p.m. March 22 in the EHS gymnasium, and is a fundraiser through the St. Baldrick's Foundation to benefit pediatric cancer research. Volunteers, including students and staff alike, get their heads shaved by designated "shavees" and also collect monetary donations.
There is an epidemic at Emmaus High School, affecting most seniors, and even some juniors. Bronchitis? Perhaps. Strep throat? A firm possibility. However, this sickness cannot be cured with antibiotics or plenty of fluids.
Of course, I am referring to senioritis, a disease referring to the complete lack of motivation afflicting second semester seniors. Symptoms include sleeping through several alarms, constantly dressing down, dismissive attitude and more. The only known cure? Graduation.
This Valentine's Day, Emmaus High School students painted the school red.
The hallways were filled with flowers, chocolates, and other gifts from significant others and friends alike. Every period, carnations were delivered to students' classrooms, with heartfelt messages from their loved ones attached. There was a surplus of cookies, cupcakes, candy and conversation hearts all in the spirit of the most romantic day of the year.
Pageant season is in full swing. Whether audiences watched the Miss America pageant or enjoy the TLC series Toddler's and Tiaras, everyone seems to love a little friendly competition, including 11 brave Emmaus senior boys.
On Jan. 30, the Student Government Association held their second annual "Mr. Emmaus" competition in the Emmaus High School auditorium. The audience was comprised of students and parents anxiously waiting to see the boys "strut their stuff" on the stage.
Now that the holiday decorations are being taken down until next year, school is back in session. To the dismay of students, midterm exams are also rapidly approaching.
The midterm exams will be Jan. 17 through 22. The school will be closed Jan. 21.
Midterms are a stressful time for everyone, students and teachers alike. It is important to balance priorities during the exam, to ensure quality results while maintaining sanity.
The holidays are just around the corner. The nights are getting colder, and every neighborhood street seems to be filled with holiday lights, wreaths and reindeer. Department stores are blasting holiday classics such as "Baby It's Cold Outside, "Santa Baby" and a multitude of other winter songs.
Cars are being decorated with seasonal touches such as reindeer antlers, Rudolph noses and Christmas stickers.
Seasonal socks and sweaters are being worn like it's going out of style, especially with the "ugly Christmas sweater" tradition high school students seem to have adapted.