McPherson High School seniors traveled to school in a flurry of pomp and fanfare Friday for their last day before graduation.
The 160 graduates gathered in the parking lot of the former Kyle's Discount with an assortment of transportation vehicles, then drove in a convoy to MHS for graduation practice. The senior parade a 20-year tradition following the last day of classes, which was Thursday.
Ryan Fulcher drove his friends in his grandparent's golf cart, which was decorated in balloons and flags. He and his passengers wore superhero costumes and wigs.
"I think it's awesome to just do what we want and let loose on the last day," he said. "It's a fun way to come to school because it's a uniform thing we always do. It's a nice change up."
Eric Unruh drove his friends in a vehicle that had two front ends. Since their back ends were damaged, he and his father spent three weeks taking the ends off and putting the front sides together. He said it could drive both ways because they are front wheel drive.
"People driving by will think I have too much time on my hands,” he said.
Janessa McVicker said she was looking forward to participating in the parade because she was the only female riding a dirt bike.
Jerrett Turner fixed an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera specifically for this occasion. He made the muffler come out of the front hood and painted the number 13 on the side for his graduating year.
“I want to make an impression,” he said.
Brittany Janda drove her family’s four-wheeler. Sitting behind her was classmate Andrea Megee.
“It’s crazy. It’s gone by this fast,” Megee said of graduating. “It’s gonna really hit me in August when we go back to school and we’re like, ‘Oh, gotta go to high school,' but nope, it's college.”
Other vehicles included tractors, a corvette and a large boat pulled on a trailer.
Although the morning was centered around having fun, Ethan Winter said the time is bittersweet.
“Yesterday (Thursday) I didn’t know how to feel,” he said. “It’s like, ‘Wow, we’re finally here.’”
MHS Principal Bret McClendon has a similar feeling as graduation approaches.
“This is a bitter-sweet time for us who have worked with these young people,” he said. “They have been a great group of students, very fun to be around. We will miss them when they leave, as their unique brand of fun and work will be hard to replace.”
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