by Lisa Tome
No horses. No motorcycles. No tractors. Not a single scooter or skateboard.
A 30 plus year tradition came to a screeching halt on Thursday morning, June 11 when there was no Senior Ride Around held at Bo Manor High School. The event, which has been held for years the morning of graduation, had students spending about a half hour driving in circles around the school.
The reason for the cancellation of the event depends on whom you ask. Students said they opted not to participate because there were "too many rules" imposed on the ride around. They were not permitted to ride in the back of pick-up trucks or have water fights and toss water balloons during the ride around as they've done in the past. Students did not bring the classic cars, tractors, and horses as they have done before this year.
Bo Manor principal Wanita Fleury said the students opted for a different kind of celebration.
"They wanted to do this instead. They got here at 5:30 and had a barbecue. I leave it up to them. It was all up to them to spend their last day however they wanted as long as they are safe," said Fleury. "I'm happy they are as well organized as they are. They came with a picnic."
While the ride around tradition ended, the students didn't abandon the senior prank. They put a fish in a child's swimming pool in one administrator's office. They also deconstructed the master schedule on which Fleury had spent days working. "I really wish they hadn't done that," said Fleury.
The Class of 2015's Valedictorian Matt Sciamanna was helping out with the cookout and enjoying the water fights with his classmates. Sciamanna is headed to Harvard University in the fall where he will study Economics or Chemistry. "It's pretty cool. I'm pretty glad to graduate," said Sciamanna.