Grad night recap | Letters

Soon after their ceremony ended on June 10th, 62 graduated seniors from Friday Harbor High School left the parking lot on a school bus. With horns blaring, family and friends waving, Grad Night began.

In partnership with the Prevention Coalition, preparation started early in the school year with a dedicated group of senior parents planning fundraising events and planning various activities. Nine months later all of the hard work paid off.

This year, after leaving FHHS the class went to the airport where three Kenmore Air Cessna Caravans were waiting to give scenic flights over the island. For several grads, it was their first time on a plane ever. For quite a number it was the first time to see SJI from the air. California rolls and pot stickers were enjoyed in a hangar while kids took turns battling the infamous Wipeout game.

Next, the graduates were treated to a delicious tri-tip and chicken dinner at a private estate, followed by Bubble Soccer to continue burning off the post-graduation energy.

Shortly before midnight the M/V Pintail rounded the corner and beached. The kids loaded and later floated wish lanterns out into the channel. After a drive to the center of the island a large barn party kicked off with a DJ, Archery Tag, a photo booth, coffee, and more food. Next at SJI Fitness, expert massage therapists were ready and waiting. Along with that treat the kids enjoyed the pool, hot tub, Boo Boo’s boxing, and henna tattoos.

Around the corner, the kids had blacklight bowling, a comedian, and casino games. Lastly, breakfast was had at the UW Labs while taking in a slide show of pictures starting with their time at FHES. Back where they started 11 hours later, the tired and happy graduates headed for home and a much-needed nap.

Grad Night couldn’t happen without the selfless effort by many parents, chaperones, bus drivers, volunteer community members, and businesses. It is such a special event and exemplifies our small community. We hope our advertisement in this issue of the Journal includes all of those who contributed!

Travis Ayers

Grad Night Planning Committee Chairman

San Juan Island