There are few events more exciting in one’s life than high school graduation. The milestone, for many, represents stepping into adulthood and beginning your life.
The end of the senior year often brings the senior prank. You may have read headlines or watched stories in the news recently where seniors pulled pranks on their high schools that ended with the students having to answer for destructive choices, some with criminal consequences.
Seniors at Huntsville High School — the Class of 2015 — pulled a major prank on the staff and students at the school last week. These seniors, however, pranked with class.
The seniors got together for one last project. They enclosed the commons area with plastic wrap surrounding the brick columns, making a huge enclosure that they filled with balloons. There were an estimated 5,000 balloons which were filled with confetti and baby powder. They had fun and bid their school farewell with a harmless prank that everyone enjoyed, everyone that is, except the juniors.
Senior prankster Paige Weiss said they had the idea for the prank for a couple of weeks.
“We called and texted everyone and told them to bring balloons,” Weiss explained. “We started blowing up and filling balloons at lunch time and it just continued from there.”
Continued it did. The seniors, with the help of senior economics teacher Samantha Herrington, gained access to the school and worked late into the night. The prank was approved by Principal Beth Burt, with the condition that a teacher monitored their activities.
“I think it was a fun way to say goodbye,” Herrington said. “They had a great time while blowing up the zillions of balloons it took to fill the center of the commons and many giggles came from manhandling all the saran wrap. The next morning it was fun to watch all the reactions.”
The pranksters stayed up at the school well past midnight blowing up the remaining balloons and creating a display that would greet those arriving in the HHS Commons with a major statement. They also created a large sign for the side of the “balloon pit” which read, “That’s A Wrap.”
“I can’t wait to see the plans the kids make for next year,” Herrington said. “As long as it is approved by Mrs. Burt, I would be honored to help again.”