It started with a lively entrance and ended with seniors covered in black and orange balloons falling from the ceiling.
In between, there was dancing, singing, a teacher giving up his hair, others retiring and, ultimately, the traditional balloon drop inside the school’s gymnasium.
The lively Farewell Assembly at South Pasadena High is a longtime tradition that gives seniors a time to reflect on their four years on campus as they prepare to make their exit for college, job opportunities, travel and more.
Jula Rosenbluh opened the assembly by singing the National Anthem before a dance troupe, “SNUZE,” showcased their talents and departing teachers Daniel Enright and Kim Kadlatz gave their final farewells.
To kick-start the senior’s final assembly, many came into the gymnasium riding on the shoulders of classmates as the school’s band turned up the beat as the drums were banged loudly.
Teacher Garrett Shorr for the second time in his career allowed others to cut off braided hair that will be turned over to a charitable organization.
After serving the school year as commissioner of assemblies for 2017-18, Anders Keith handed over the role to an entertaining Flannery Clark, who kept the laughter going.
Following several more performances, it was time for the student-body to sing the school’s alma mater, and finally cut the cord on hundreds of black and orange balloons, which cascaded from the ceiling, sending the seniors into oblivion as they cheered and hugged saying goodbye to SPHS.