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HVA ‘Senior Night’ a hit

Even though senior year may be one of the best and most memorable years, it is also one of the most stressful. If one knows a senior, one knows how much they go through their last semester in high school. Whether it is looking for colleges or studying for their last chance at taking their exams, they have their work cut out for them. Do not forget, however, that there are always celebrations to reward how far these students have gone. One of which is the first ever “Senior Night,” at the Hardin Valley Academy versus Karns High School basketball game this past Friday.

Many of the seniors came decked out in their HVA attire, and cheered on the Hawks through both the Varsity girls’ and boys’ games. With a great start to the evening when the Lady Hawks beat the Lady Beavers, spirits were high. Although it was a close game for the boys, the Beavers ended up winning 54-50. Do not think for a minute that this slowed down the pep of the Hawk Fans!

People started piling into the home of the Hawks at the beginning of the girls’ game, which was unusual because most come for the start of the boys’. A large crowd was expected though, since this is the biggest game of the season for the two schools. Both the top and bottom levels of the bleachers were brought out, and it did not take long for them to fill up. Hawk fans were even seen on the visitor’s side, for there was not enough space on our side. A huge variety of fans showed up. Not only were there students, players, and players’ parents, but also teachers and members of the community.

The gym was decorated with signs and banners celebrating the senior basketball players and cheerleaders. In between the girls’ and the boys’ games, these soon-to-be graduates were escorted by their family to be recognized. The recognition not only meant a lot to the seniors, but to other athletes too.

Junior Morgan Lovelace, a member of the Dance Team, was one of the students infatuated about the presentation and said, “I cannot wait to walk across the floor like them [the seniors]!”

A white out was planned for every fan to wear, but there was no problem picking the seniors out of the sea of people. Some even painted up and had one letter for each person to spell out seniors! Others had posters made to show off their pride. Keep in mind that all of the students in this class have now been to at least two high schools. It is a powerful thing to have so much school spirit for such a new school.

Matt Nelson, a senior, said before the games on Friday, “I am both equally excited and sad about this being our last home game as seniors.”

Steven Pippin, also a senior, added, “Basketball games have been a big part of my life this year, and it’s weird to see it come to an end.”

Senior Night, and the events that go along with it, is sure to be yet another thing to be added to the list of traditions for Hardin Valley Academy!


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