Earlier this semester some members of the senior class approached the administration about having a senior banquet and a lock-in. As yesterday was the last day of final exams for the seniors, it was scheduled for last night/this morning. The banquet was held in the gym at 7pm and a delicious meal was prepared by parents of the senior class. All the members of the faculty attended as did most of the seniors. Following the banquet many games like ping pong tables, a Wii, corn hole, basketballs, etc. were brought in and the kids spend the next 6 hours or so playing. I could not believe their energy, they kept going and going. It reminded me of when we arrive at our host schools for the March for Life. The boys have so much energy and play basketball for hours.
At 2am or so we put on a movie ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off") and I took the opportunity to sneak down to my office to sleep for about an hour or so. I came back up as the movie was wrapping up and when it concluded we all cleaned up as our annual Theology Fair is tonight.
Sunrise was at 5:07am this morning so I thought it would be nice to end the lock-in with a sunrise prayer service. We all walked over to the adjacent golf course to watch the sun rise but it was too cloudy and at about 4:55am we decided we weren't going to see the sun (and the kids were getting antsy) so I just offered a prayer. I prayed the famous Irish Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Mega kudos to Ms. Comiskey of our modern languages department and the student council advisor for pulling this off. She was helped by many parents, Ms. Foley, and Mr.Mailloux '72. In addition to me and these three, the others teachers who spent the night were Mr. Gadecki, Mrs. Henning, Mr. Martinez, and Mr. Sheehan '79.