By THOMAS LAWLESS
The tradition of the “All Night Party” is one that students have looked forward to every year at Washingtonville High School. The All Night Party is a night of everlasting fun and a chance for the senior class to come together one last time.
Run by parents of current seniors of Washingtonville High School, The All Night Party is something almost everyone has heard about. Originally, the party was created to take place at the high school, giving the students a plethora of fun and interesting things to do throughout the night. It was intended to keep kids from going to parties where alcohol might be served, potentially getting drunk, and then driving afterward. From food to games, the parties seemed to be a lot of fun, but some people are starting to believe that the All Night Party tradition is slowly, and sadly, fading away.
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The graduating class of 2012 had a very memorable All Night Party that was very different from recent years including the one being planned for this year. One of the major issues that has caused confusion, and sometimes even confrontation, is the price. The price of the class of 2012’s All Night Party was $0. Hosted at our very own high school, the party lasted from 8pm to 8am, and many fun activities were offered to the seniors. From a green screen to take pictures in front of, to laser tag in the cafeteria, inflatables, hypnotists, carnival games and trivia, this All Night Party was truly one to remember. Megan Quinn, a member of the graduating class of 2012, said just that. After being asked what she thought of the night she responded, “Honestly, it was really fun. I can't complain.”
There were multiple raffles throughout the night, which everyone seemed to enjoy. In the beginning of the night, there was a smaller prize raffle which included prizes such as a T&M gift card. Later on in the evening, there was a bigger raffle that included prizes such as a television. Previous All Night Parties have been really successful and enjoyable.
The All Night Party of 2017 is scheduled for June 24th. Different from the 2012 event, this party will be held at the Castle Fun Center in Chester. The doors will open at 10pm, and everyone is required to be in the building by 11pm. Once students are signed into the All Night Party, they are not permitted to leave. The doors will close at 11 and students will not be permitted to leave unless there is an emergency situation. In this case, the student may leave with a parent or guardian.
The price is of this year’s party is $150, and checks should be made payable to ‘Washingtonville All Night Grad Party’. The price has been a major debate for many seniors. Senior Emily Young proclaims, “I feel like it's too much money, but I hope it's a good time.” Many of the seniors do not realize all of the things this party has to offer but, again, these events do not seem to be attracting interest. Some of the events are going to be laser tag, mini golf, and go-carts. Although there is a great deal to do, many of the seniors look back at previous All Night Parties and question why theirs can't be at the school, for free, and still have fun events.