by Mack Liederman and Nick Lawrie
After a long year of applications and decisions, the WHS Class of 2015 approaches graduation, with a couple of senior (non-school-sanctioned) traditions still to be fulfilled.
One such tradition is Assassin, a live-action game played with water guns, off school grounds except after school hours.
“Assassin has become something so much more than a game—it’s an annual tradition,” said this year’s co-Head of Games, senior Andrew Zale, who hosted and organized the game along with former student Tim Plump.
This year’s game has raised more than $1,500, slightly more than what was raised last year, according to Zale. These proceeds have been donated to families in the community affected by cancer.
Although Assassin is not a school-sanctioned event, Zale noted that the game has support throughout the school. “The administration and teachers have a piqued interest when the game occurs and respect the fact that it is for charity,” said Zale.
According to last year’s Head of Games WHS alum Matt Luppino, the highlight of the 2014 games was when WHS alum Justin Slavin killed three targets on the last day of competition, bringing his team to victory by a single point. Said Luppino, “It was an epic performance in the 11th hour.”
A second tradition to be potentially upheld by the senior class is the Senior Prank.
This year’s prank is still shrouded in secrecy, with planning being done on a private senior-only Facebook page. According to Science Teacher Mr. Michael Seiler, last year’s prank was a tailgate in the teacher parking lot before school that ended with a visit from the Westfield Police.
Said Seiler: “The cops didn’t bother them….they cleaned everything up. It was clean and healthy, and nobody got in trouble, so that was good.”
Seiler added some past pranks included each senior giving the principal a golf ball during graduation, handing the principal a pie on stage, and a student wearing pajamas under his cap and gown, revealing a glimpse of his PJs as he received his diploma.