Thomasville City Scholars Academy Senior Ornament Night on December 7th gave the Class of 2017 a chance to share with their fellow classmates a representation of themselves by decorating an ornament and putting it on the tree in the Bulldog Café.
Seniors look forward to this every year. It’s one of the big moments just for them. They plan their ornament carefully, making sure it's exactly what they want. Even though some are very extravagant, all of them stand out and show the students’ uniqueness.
Some leaned to the comical side by deciding to make an ornament that related to their funny personality. Others created something beautiful and artistic, and still others bought an ornament and added a few things to it that still expressed a serious symbol of themselves.
Senior Ornament Night helps the seniors come togeher in one room to celebrate each other and learn more about their peers. It is a chance for them to have their own little Christmas celebration and share their creativity with their classmates before they graduate.
One of the ornaments that was very unique was one of a snowflake with 12 points and each one had a picture from that year that the student had been in school. Another student had a passport, but inside it was herself photoshopped into the places she wanted to go. One senior decorated a tiny hand mirror and explained how his years at Scholars Academy helped him to see his “real” self.
Another featured a clear ornament filled with the student’s favorite snack (goldfish) complete with a tiny hammer to break the glass in case of a snack emergency. Depictions of favorite sports, cars, hobbies, and memories filled the tree as the parents took in the bittersweet site of their children and classmates growing up before their eyes.
While presenting his or her ornament, each student answered the same question: Where will you be in 10 years? Answers ranged from specific career paths in medicine, law, and communication to funny answers that embraced the unknown ahead of them.
Senior Guidance Counselor Karen Bryan has been involved in Senior Ornament Night since it was suggested by Director Dr. Dale Graham during the second year of the Scholars Academy. Bryan always looks forward to picking the students out of the crowd to put their ornament on the tree. She hopes that the students get a sense of tradition. She loves the ornaments that people have put a lot of thought into and show their individuality.
“The friendly atmosphere and good laughs make it a great thing to do at the seniors’ start of the leaving process,” said Bryan.
Dr. Graham loves tradition especially at Christmas time, and this one is perfect to kick off all the senior activities. Even though the plan is the same every year, the one thing Dr. Graham can't control is how the students react. Some laugh and others cry; it's always different. In years past she has loved seeing the artistic ones but has also loved the student who used a 7Up can filled with tardy notes to make his mark. Dr. Graham hopes the students have good memories and had a fun time.
“It's a good chance for them to reflect on today, yesterday, and tomorrow,” added Dr. Graham.
Once their ornaments have been hung on the tree for the rest of the school to see, the other students love finding their older friends’ ornaments and they learn how other people see themselves. The last student brought forth a rolled up piece of paper, but inside there was a simple and beautiful poem about being a senior and finding the right fit at Scholars Academy that brought a close to the night.