By Marissa Yelenik
This Thursday, April 29, there will be both an awards ceremony and festival put on for the seniors of Hammond high school. Both events are free, and open to all seniors. The award ceremony will be from 1-3 pm in Hammond’s auditorium, while the Senior Festival, put on by the PTSA for the Class of 2021, will take place from 5-9 pm on the football field.
The Senior Festival is a casual event for the senior class to celebrate all their hard work and upcoming graduation which will include music, lawn games, laser tag, a game truck, a photobooth, and a station to pie teachers in the face. The lawn games will include big Jenga, Kan Jam, spike ball, and more.
The festival will also include raffle prizes, such as gift cards, AirPods, speakers, and more. There will be no food, as per the county guidelines, so students should eat prior to attending.
Students must maintain social distancing guidelines and keep their masks on at all times. There will be sanitizing stations throughout the event area to be used before and after each activity is done. This event will be set up to promote safety, holding all game stations over 6-feet apart, and will have chaperones throughout to remind students to be safe at all times.
The awards ceremony is a recurring event at Hammond, and as stated is open to all seniors. Groups of students will be recognized for their participation in honor societies, in addition to individual awards. Those that are receiving awards have been notified, and are encouraged to come in person to attend and accept their award. There will also be a stream of the event available on Hammond’s Instagram account (@hcpss_hahs) so anyone who would rather watch from home is welcome to.
Honor cords will be distributed to students prior to this event outside of the auditorium at 12 pm, but anyone who does not attend the event will be able to pick up honor cords/certificates at the front office during school hours after May 3.
Students are highly encouraged to come to both events in order to receive the credit they deserve, and celebrate everything they have done. The sponsors of these events have worked diligently to create something that the entirety of the class of 2021 can enjoy, and bring everyone together.
Remember to be safe for the well-being of yourself and others. Do not attend these events if you feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, and follow all guidelines to the best of your ability.