Seniors make their marks on RHAM

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Aug. 30, 2011
Levi makes his mark on the senior wall at RHAM High School on Aug. 23. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Levi makes his mark on the senior wall at RHAM High School on Aug. 23. Photos by Melanie Savage.

RHAM High School was busy the afternoon of Aug. 23, as incoming students walked the halls with Peer Helpers for their orientation to the school. As newcomers learned the ins and the outs of the building, incoming seniors participated in a time-honored tradition of the school - the painting of the Senior Wall.

“This is something that the kids look forward to every year,” said Jarrid Clifton, a social studies teacher who was supervising the event. Clifton is one of two teacher advisors of this year’s senior class, along with English teacher Megan Coffey. Whenever possible, advisors stick with RHAM students throughout their four years at the school.

Clifton said that preparation of the wall, which is located within the senior lounge area on the second floor of the school, involves four coats of primer and four top coats. "It's a major undertaking,” said Clifton. “But it’s something that the kids really look forward to every year, so the administration is really behind it.”

On Tuesday, a large, blank area delineated by red masking tape was surrounded by colorful painted signatures. “That’s taped off for the Class of 2012,” explained Clifton. Each year, students are encouraged to submit their designs for the addition to the wall that will represent the entire class. The winner is chosen by the advisors, and is allowed a day to paint their design on the wall and sign their name to it. “It stays there all year long,” said Clifton.

Incoming seniors were be allowed two days to add their marks to the wall, with a second session scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26. By the time school opens, most of the seniors will be represented on the wall. “I would say about 90 percent of the seniors participate,” said Clifton.

Among the students participating in the Aug. 23 session, Cody sat cross-legged on the floor next to Sam. He was putting the finishing touches on a large “Seth” near the bottom of the wall. “He’s my friend,” explained Cody. “He couldn’t be here.”

Meanwhile, Kevin stood on a chair to reach the top of the opposite wall. He was working on a large yellow tennis ball, accompanied by the slogan, “Love means nothing.” Kevin is a member of the RHAM tennis team, and is ranked the number one singles player for the school. “It’s kind of the slogan for our team,” he explained, when asked about his signature. In tennis, love means “0.” “It’s kind of a play on words,” said Kevin.

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