While other California Schools often send senior graduates to theme parks for post-graduation celebrations, Temple City will once more follow its own sixteen-year tradition and host “Grad Nite” held on the high school campus.
This more centralized event allows graduates a safe, supervised ground for festivities and camaraderie. The event will take place on Friday, June 19 and will run from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the following morning.
With the glamorous theme “I Love L.A.,” 2009 graduates will be granted full red-carpet treatment, enjoying entertainment, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and a hypnotist show. They will not be permitted to leave campus until the event is over.
Publicity Chair of the event, Karen Scauzillo, led fundraisers to provide extra funds for the “huge undertaking” at hand.
“I worked with the committee during the year,” Scauzillo said, “and we got the word out about fundraisers, various events, and volunteer opportunities.”
The theme also required extensive development, both in the idea stage and further bringing it to life.
“The Grad Nite theme last year was ‘Hollyweird,’” Scauzillo added. “The practical idea is to develop a theme somewhat related to the previous year so you can reuse some of the props. [Grad Night] requires a lot of props and backgrounds, as well as an enormous amount of money.”
Karen participated in the creation of props that could not be reused.
“It’s a ton of work,” Scauzillo admitted, “because we start meeting in September and we start working in January. On Saturdays and Wednesday nights, we have work parties where make props and decorations.”
While graduate guests cannot view the high school’s decorations beforehand, public tours will be available from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. the same day. They are $2 per person and grant a full walkthrough and complete viewing of the school’s alterations.
Soon-to-be graduating seniors have been excited for the event for some time.
“I’m pumped,” senior Ramandeep Kaur said. “It should be fun. It’s like a last get-together with your senior friends; ones you [might] never see again. It seems like it will be really exciting. I can’t want to hang out with my friends.’”
With all the planning, secretiveness, and resulting anticipation, Grad Nite 2009 is sure to be a success: a night to remember.
This article was written by Katie Brown. It was published in the Temple City Voice on June 19, 2009.