By Ashley Zagorski
Distracting. Demeaning. Irresponsible. Immature. These words fly through many minds when the thought of beach balls being bounced at graduation comes into conversation.
“Let the ceremony be what it is,” assistant principal Grant Gouker said. “It’s about the graduates.”
Beach Balls being thrown around during the commencement ceremony is not a tradition here at Red Lion Senior High School nor is it consistent. Although this distracting behavior has been around as long as graduation has been, it doesn’t happen every year. Unfortunately, as generations change, it happens more frequently.
“They are humorous and playful, but a little birdy told me not to be apart of it,” senior Jeremy Brokos said.
“They aren’t a big issue unless they are a big distraction,” senior Sarah Amspacher said.
“They should be allowed,” senior Wynter Yarish said.
It seems as though the graduates are all for beach balls at graduation, as well as parents. Unfortunately, they do not understand the consequences of their disrespectful behaviors.
In the letter given to every senior and sent home to every parent, it was clearly stated that if someone is caught with a beach ball they will be escorted out of Horn Field by an administrator. It will be up to them to come in to the office the next week to meet with Mr. Shue and to receive their diploma.
When beach balls are flying through the air as someone is giving a speech or receiving their diploma, imagine how disrespected they’d feel. The audience, who is there to commemorate the graduates, are too entertained by the beach balls to pay attention to the students.
“Commencement is a big deal. It is a solemn ceremony but a celebration as well. It’s about the students and their accomplishments, there shouldn’t be any distractions,” Principal Mark Shue said.
“Beach Balls are for the beach. That’s why they’re called beach balls,” 2013 class advisor Dave Danner said.