Seniors turn campus into dance party


Drew Newlin

Seniors Anthony Menendez and Max Aronson direct the music during Friday’s senior prank celebration.

As students arrived on campus Friday morning, senior Shane Winsten gets to see the senior prank that he helped organize unfold in the school’s common area. With a birthday party theme, seniors and underclassmen dance to music before the first-period bell rung. 

“I would describe it as a best-case scenario,” Winsten said. “We were working with tight restrictions, and for all that could have gone wrong, I think it turned out as close to as good as possible in a realistic world.”

The prank consisted of a dance party thrown in the commons area, speakers playing music and seniors dressed in party attire dancing. Streamers were tossed everywhere and sports equipment including soccer goals were moved into the commons area.

“We just gathered money instead of getting all the supplies individually,” senior Faith Collins said. “We came to school the night before for an hour to set it up, and we had to hope it didn’t blow away overnight.”

As a seventh-grader, Deklan B. said he was surprised by the first prank he was able to see.

“I thought it was really funny,” Deklan said. “When I went to get a chicken sandwich from the cafeteria, all the buns were inverted.”

Freshman John Mullen, who is a first-year student at the school, said the prank underwhelmed him.

“One year the seniors at my old school stole all the door knobs and door stops, so you couldn’t open the doors,” Mullen said. “I saw another one online where they released chickens in the school. That’s a real prank.” 

Unlike Mullen, Principal Rick Fleming said he had mixed feelings about this year’s prank.

“Is it possible to be really angry and really amused at the same time?” Fleming said. “As long as there’s no destruction in property I’m OK [with the prank]. It looks like it could be cleaned up pretty easily as well.”

Junior Jolie Russo said her class has not yet thought about what its prank will be next year.

“I don’t know if we will be able to outshine them,” Russo said. “We will have to face the same restrictions, but I hope my class will come up with some unique ideas.”

By Drew Newlin

Editor’s note: Brevard Public Schools policy prohibits the inclusion of middle-schoolers’ last names on district-sponsored websites.