East seniors to celebrate graduation with field day
By BY NATASSIA BONYANPOUR - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
May 28, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.
East High School seniors will mark the end of their high school careers with a senior field day Friday.
"We have talked several times how we're always asking the kids to follow the dress code and do their best in class," English teacher Kayla Darilek said. "It's hard to ask them to constantly give you so much when they're not given anything in return."
Darilek, who began her career at Victoria East High School as a student teacher, said she hopes this will pave the way for new school events for many years to come.
"We're starting all these new traditions," Darilek said. "We've started Titan versus teacher volleyball and the senior field day will be another."
The senior class was the first freshman class to go all four years at the new school.
The field day will include a chili cook-off, mechanical bull, gift card giveaways and much more.
Most of the expenses for the East High School senior field day are being covered by donations from organizations and individuals. The remaining expenses will be picked up by the school.
While Darilek and fellow English teacher Erin Reininger are paying for many of the day's events, they have reached out to parents and local businesses for support.
"The parents have been wonderful," Reininger said. "I think they feel this is their chance to help their kids have a good time before they go off to college."
The class also received donations of door prizes from area businesses.
One of the donors, Laser World Victoria, often donates to the schools for attendance and testing rewards, said Laser World Group Events Director Tammie Gildon.
"We support schools and students' success," Gildon said. "We love to hear from schools and help provide incentives. We want the staff and students to know that we really support their efforts."
Seniors said the field day will allow for relaxation from their schoolwork as they eagerly await graduation June 7.
They said they have come a long way from when they were freshmen.
"Being the first class wasn't too hard because everyone was new," senior Tevin Williams said. "All of us didn't know where we were going or where to find things."
Tevin said despite the apprehension many felt in the unfamiliar hallways of the new school, the freshmen bonded and helped one another find their way around campus.
"The (field day) is our last chance to be together before graduation," he said. "It is our last day to be seniors."
Many students also said they feel the support from the community and their teachers.
"I feel very appreciative of Ms. Reininger and Ms. Darilek and everyone else for putting it together," senior McKenna Simpson said. "It's a last goodbye for all of us."
As for Reininger and Darilek, they said they will feel their mission is complete when all is said and done.
"I will not feel good until everything is set up and happening," Darilek said. "As long as the kids are having fun, that's what matters."
The seniors won't let this week's rain and wet ground stop their fun.
"I think the rain will make it more fun." senior Jourdyn Montgomery said. "But either way, I'm really looking forward to it."
Corrected May 30, 2014