Photo by Joel Reichenberger
Lowell Whiteman senior Janis McLaughlin packs up her room Thursday afternoon. McLaughlin, originally from Estes Park, will graduate from the school Saturday with 17 of her classmates.
If you go
What: The Lowell Whiteman School graduation ceremony
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Dariel Henderson Gym, The Lowell Whiteman School
Steamboat Springs A few weeks ago, when The Lowell Whiteman School's Class of 2008 tagged all the cars on campus with grease paint, everyone thought the traditional senior prank was over.
But just when everyone's minds were off it, the seniors "got everyone good," Courtney Cox said.
From blacklights in the chemistry classroom and wrapping the Charley Williams Lodge in string - and a flour bomb in the bell tower - the Class of 2008 wreaked some good-natured havoc on the Lowell Whiteman campus.
The class's crowning achievement was switching the Spanish and French classrooms, a feat that involved moving everything from classroom furniture to doorway pull-up bars between two buildings and up flights of stairs.
"We had just planned on moving posters and stuff : then we went a bit overboard," senior Janis McLaughlin said
The Lowell Whiteman School will honor its 51st graduating class at commencement exercises Saturday. Of the school's 18 graduating seniors, 10 spent all four years of their high school careers at Lowell Whiteman.
Seven of Lowell Whiteman's graduating seniors have been awarded scholarships totaling $127,000.
During the winter, each senior selected a faculty member to talk about his or her individual accomplishments during Saturday's graduation ceremony.
"It's very bittersweet," McLaughlin said. "I lived on campus for four years. It's strange to pack up all my stuff and move away."
"As a boarding student, it's a lot harder," senior Natay Storie said. "In the past years, everyone else is leaving. This year, it's us. It's weird."
As finals wrapped up Thursday, McLaughlin described the last week of school as one of "extreme reflection." But rather than remembering her favorite moments with classmates she called "family," McLaughlin found herself focusing on geography, math and film class, and the teachers who pushed her through them.
"The stuff I continue to go back and think about is my classes - the classes that I struggled with and kicked and screamed the whole way through," she said. "It's weird that I haven't thought about my foreign trips."