By Bella McCarey
Following the one o’clock hourly line dance, a select group of seniors stayed behind in the Fitzkee Center. It was a group of sixteen seniors who have participated in all four years of high school and were rewarded for their dedication with the 4-year dancer group photo.
“It just doesn’t feel like it’s ending, like it’s not happening,” senior Tara Tolton said about her final year at Mini-THON. “I am a lot more enthusiastic and motivated to make it the best one yet.”
For a departing senior, the rare feeling of dread is at 6 a.m. Dancers are encouraged to stay motivated to remain strong until finally sitting down. But the seniors, do not want their last Mini-THON to end.
Senior and Mini-THON committee member Olivia Uberti noted four reasons why she has been a part of Mini-THON saying, “I think it’s such a great cause, for the kids. I like hearing the stories, and it’s a lot of fun. I also like raising money, because it’s for kids with cancer.”
Last year’s seniors all cried of joy during the countdown of the last 60 seconds before 6 a.m., realizing it would be the last time to witness the moment. It is anticipated that similar reactions and emotions will flow through the room once more.
“Being a part of the community is the best, and it [Mini-THON] just motivates you to be a part of that,” senior and Dance and Revelations Chairman Mason Phillips-Cary said.