After most high school students walk across the stage and receive their diploma, they never step foot into their old high school again.
However, this is not the case for students at Tunkhannock Area High School.
More than 100 graduates attended the high school’s ‘All Night Party’ also known as the annual ‘Lock-In on Friday, June 9. The ‘All Night Party’ allows the graduates to spend the night after graduation with their fellow classmates in a fun, safe environment and has been a Tunkhannock Area tradition since it was first held in 2009.
This event is funded by fundraising that is done by the Steering Committee of the senior class, along with the generous donations from several businesses and community members.
This year’s ‘All Night Party’ was highlighted with multiple bouncy obstacle courses, jousting, races, karaoke, swimming, a Manning’s ice cream truck, a mechanical bull, a belly flop competition and a hypnotist.
When the Class of 2017 graduates walked into the gymnasium following graduation Friday night, they were greeted with two bounce-house obstacle courses, where they had the chance to race against their friends, along with a bounce-jousting ring, where two classmates could full-on joust to see who would end up victorious.
The cafeteria was not only home to a plethora of food for the graduates to eat, ranging anywhere from Chinese food, to pulled pork, to McDonald’s chicken nuggets, to dessert items, but the room also contained a mechanical bull.
Outside of the cafeteria, the Manning’s ice cream truck parked, allowing kids and chaperones the treat of ice cream.
The annual belly flop competition was held in the pool, with Mr. Rob Kuschke as the host.
The auditorium at the beginning of the night, was the home to karaoke and later, at 4 in the morning, the home to the hypnotist. The hypnotist was able to close out the night by hypnotizing the volunteers from the audience into believing that they were: members of an orchestra, from another planet, and even 7-year-olds. After the hypnosis concluded, at 5:30, the students were dismissed from the high school for one last time.
On top of all of these activities to partake in, students’ names were randomly drawn throughout the night to receive prizes, such as gift cards, GO- Pros , headphones, camping gear and even tablets and TVs.
Brittany Zamber called the lock-in “a great experience and topped my expectations.”
Jenn Bulford, said, “It was a fun and exciting way to close out my time here and being able to spend one final night with all my friends in the school we grew up in will be an experience I’ll cherish forever.”
The Class of 2017 would like to thank all of the individuals who assisted in making the ‘All Night Party’ such a successful night spent making memories, especially all of the teachers and administrators who came out to spend the night with the graduates.