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Senior trip to take place at Kings Dominion

Trip provides students with an alternative to Beach Week

By Allison Daitch, Online Managing Editor
April 30, 2012
The second senior class trip will take place at Kings Dominion on June 5. The trip will occur after seniors complete their exams and will provide students with an alternative to beach week.

Seniors return from last fall's class trip to Smokey Glen Farm. A second trip to Kings Dominion will take place on June 5.
Seniors return from last fall's class trip to Smokey Glen Farm. A second trip to Kings Dominion will take place on June 5.
The senior class traveled to Smokey Glen Farm for its first class trip on Sept. 22. The second trip will take place at Kings Dominion this June. Senior class advisor Claudette Smith wanted to provide a trip for seniors who will not participate in Beach Week or other year-end activities. "If only about 100 kids do Beach Week and there are 650 seniors total, it provides everyone else an option," Smith said.

This is Blairís first year-end trip, according to Smith. After the first event last September, seniors revealed through student surveys that they wanted another. According to Smith, the ideal turnout for the trip is 300 students. The minimum number of students required to attend is 100, or the trip will be canceled.

The Kings Dominion trip lasts all day and costs $75 with an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch included. Smith expects some students will have to choose between paying for the Kings Dominion trip and prom. She believes the all-day pass to an amusement park and included meal will make the trip worth the cost. "We wanted to make the biggest bang for their buck, and it includes gas, parking and an all-you-can-eat lunch," Smith said.

The class of 2012 meets at Smokey Glen Farm in September.
The class of 2012 meets at Smokey Glen Farm in September.
The senior class council, composed of 10 senior members of the Student Government Association, each asked 20 seniors to determine if students would be interested in attending an end-of-the-year trip to an amusement park. "We knew we wanted it to be a whole day event, so it just came down to either Hershey Park or Kings Dominion," Smith said.

Although Smith would have preferred the trip to take place while seniors are still in class so they would be more likely to attend, scheduling during the busy last two months of instruction was unrealistic. "We couldn't do April or May, so the only possible day was in June," she said.

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