With only 150 seats available for the Disneyland Grad Nite scheduled on May 15, seniors lined up at the banker during first and second lunch. In total, the ticket costs $200, but seniors who want to attend had to pay a deposit of $100 today.
“I’m not big on going to school dances or other events like that, so Grad Nite is like my replacement for prom where I can hang out and have a good time with my friends,” senior Gebrel Gamutan said.
Only students who attended the informational Grad Nite meeting on Nov. 3 were allowed to reserve a seat. Additionally, seniors who are not up to date with their yearbook payments or have not paid their additional fines and fees were denied the opportunity to reserve a seat.
“I’ve always heard from previous seniors about how much fun and how [Grad Nite is] worth it,” senior Brenda Chiang said. “It’s my last year and I love Disney in general, so I can’t wait to see the special fireworks and the World of Color show they put on just for seniors.”
To provide students with an equal opportunity to hold a seat, half of the tickets were reserved for first lunch while the other half were reserved for second lunch.
“If the line during either lunch is too long and the bell rings, slips for the remaining available tickets will be handed out to seniors who are waiting in line,” StuCo adviser Miriya Julian said. “Then, they will be able to visit the banker after school and pay their deposit so that they don’t lose their seat.”
Buses will depart between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on May 15 and return between 7:00-8:00 a.m. on May 16. Seating arrangements will be organized alphabetically by bus. Because students return early the next morning, seniors who attend Grad Nite will be excused from school the next day.
“I’m not going to Grad Nite because I’m not a fan of big crowds, and I feel like I can invest my money into other important stuff,” senior Darmi Effo said. “I’ve been to Disneyland before and I can go any other time, but at the moment, I’m not feeling it.”
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