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Opinion

July 10, 2014

Thanks for giving seniors a wonderful night

To the editor:

Each June for the past 20 years the Pentucket Parent Alliance has organized an all-night, substance-free, mystery extravaganza for Pentucket Regional High School’s graduating class. Students are bused to various locations throughout the night with surprises at each stop.

When the Class of 2014 arrived in the gym for this year’s Senior Celebration, they were greeted with slush, popcorn, tattoos and hacky sacks — the first hint that their magical mystery tour was about to begin. The evening included a visit to the Medieval Manor in Boston to see “Middle Ages-themed slapstick comedy accompanies silverware-free 6-course feast & pitchers of koolaid,” pizza and stand-up comedy at Giggles in Saugus, and a trip up to Portsmouth’s GasLight to dance away the wee hours.

In the pre-dawn morning, volunteers welcomed busloads of tired, but happy graduates back to West Newbury, where they satisfied their sweet-tooth cravings with an ice cream social complete with jimmies and gummy bears.

The all-nighter concluded with a hypnotist whose act was even more hilarious for the audience than for the handful of hypnotized classmates performing silly antics up on the Pentucket stage.

It took a real community effort to make sure all seniors stayed safe on graduation night and could come together as a class one last time to celebrate this important milestone. The success of Senior Celebration would never have been possible without the significant generosity of countless local businesses and community volunteers.

Huge thanks to: our all-night chaperones: Dave Vance, Dr. Jim Quinn, John and Laurel Puchalski, Scott Dumas, Tina Journeay, Dr. Kathy Fowler, Jim Conroy; our nurse, Kim Therrien; and our Senior Celebration planning team, volunteers and check-in nurses.

Thanks also to: Amelia’s Hair Salon, the Apicella family, the Attenasio family, Amesbury Skate & Sport Shop, Atty. Mitchell Kroner, Bagnall School PTO, Jennifer Barlow, the Begin family, the Beauregard family, the Bordeianu family, the Brennan family, the Burton family, the Capobianco family, Jim Chute, the Croteau family, Suzanne and King Davis, Dr. Thomas Ferlito, the Forrest family, Dr. Kathy Fowler-Merrimac Family Chiropractic, the Garrant family, Georgetown Savings Bank, Groveland Fence, Groveland K of C Charity Fund, Giuseppe’s Pasta, the Hardway family, Haverhill Bank, the Haselton family, the Hill family, Tracy Hutchinson, HL Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, Institution for Savings, the Jackson family, Jackson Lumber, John Farley Clothiers, Helen Jordan, Journeay Insurance, Patricia Kelly, Maureen Kemmerer, the Kemper family, Heather and Andrew Klosowski, Dr. James Koglin, the Kolvak family, the Kopaciewcz family, the Kuchar family, the Law family, Mark Lawrence Photographers, Market Basket, Tewksbury, Merrimac PTO, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Norwood Ins. Agency, the Pacenka family, Andrew and Sharon Pellerin, Pentucket Athletic Association, Phoenix Printing, Dr. Laura Potvin, PC, Pragmatic Works Consulting, Colleen Quinn, Dr. James Quinn, the Recine family, the Robinson family, the Russell family, SAM’s Club, the Seargent family, the Sherwood family, Dr. Steven St. Germain, the Winner’s Circle, West Newbury PTO, West Newbury Insurance, West Newbury Food Mart, and anyone else who generously donated time or resources.

These folks deserve the community’s gratitude and our loyalty at their places of business whenever possible. Their willingness to pitch in to help create this special memory for the Class of 2014 was truly a graduation gift for all of us.

With sincere gratitude and thanks,

Tina Journeay, Chair

Cindy Jackson, Treasurer

Pentucket Parent Alliance

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