In the early morning hours before dawn, members of the Class of 2023 gathered at Andrew High School Thunderbolt Stadium. Some seniors flipped pancakes and grilled sausage for their fellow students, while others played bags and chatted on blankets. Why? That’s simple - it’s tradition, a rite of passage, a chance to celebrate with friends as they begin the end of their high school careers.
Started nearly one decade ago by senior leaders and former principal and now Superintendent Dr. Bob Nolting, Senior Sunrise is an event where seniors gather to celebrate the start of a new school year.
Senior Leaders Dylan Young and Noah Mathew Montoya helped organize and greeted their T-bolt classmates. “It’s a great event for the entire class to kick off the school year, and at the end of the year, we plan to host a Senior Sunset to cap off our senior year,” Montoya said.
Senior Kaycie Liptak added, “It's fun. It’s a tradition I didn’t want to miss.” Brooke Morris agreed and said, “It’s a rite of passage.”
For others, like senior Henry Jalowiec, it was more about being with friends, “My friends made me come, hence the energy drink. I just wanted to hang with friends.”
“Senior Sunrise isn’t an event everyone gets to do. It’s a senior privilege that I didn’t want to miss,” said Abigail Metzke.
Andrew High School Assistant Principal Tim Dalton said, “The seniors have been great. It’s their event. It was great to see so many of them so early.”