On September 7, at 6:40 a.m., students gathered on the turf to watch the sunrise in the overcast morning. Around 100 members from the Class of 2017 and a few staff members were present for this event called Senior Sunrise, a newly founded tradition to celebrate the start of senior year. There were light refreshments and, at the end, students assembled for a group photo to commemorate the occasion before heading back to the high school for their last year.
Organized by PHS guidance counselor Nipurna Shah and college advisor Patti Lieberman, with the help of the PTO and Senior Student Council, the idea stems from a similar event at Montgomery High School. “It came together quickly. We just started talking about this two weeks ago and it really all came together,” Shah said. “It’s such a symbolic way to start the new year.”
Staff members spread news of the event by email and word of mouth, and senior StuCo members contacted students via social media.
In general, students enjoyed the opportunity to congregate with classmates in the morning. “I thought it was a creative idea … It’s nice to have an impact on our school, you know, a lasting impact,” said Hannah Davies ’17. “I particularly liked meeting my friends early in the morning and then talking about how excited we were for getting to school and everything we’d done during the summer.”
The Senior Sunrise will be complemented by a Senior Sunset, when the seniors will gather as a class to symbolically end their high school careers.