August 30, 2007

Senior Tradition Lives On, Slowly and Safely

by Megan Westhoff

The Scotland County R-I class of 2008 kicked off the 2007-2008 school year early Monday morning, August 27th, with the familiar “Senior Chase”

For years Scotland County seniors have assembled early on the first day of school for what has always been a fast-paced parade through town. After the class of 2007 became famous for their “senior crash,” hopes for another senior chase quickly faded.

But the class of ’08 wouldn’t stand for being denied what has become a right-of-passage for SCR-I seniors each year. Just as they have for years the seniors gathered at the bowling alley early Monday morning bursting with senior pride. Yet the seniors were a little nervous because of last year’s mishap.

Cody Musgrove, driving a semi, lead the convoy of more than 25 vehicles honking through town at a constant speed of 20 mph. The seniors stopped at each stop sign as video cameras, parents, and townspeople looked on. Just before departure from the bowling alley every seat belt was buckled and all emergency blinkers were flashing. These seniors weren’t taking any chances.

The parade of seniors traveled safely through town swerving only around last years crash sight...just in case. The “Senior Drive” was a safe success that the 2008 seniors hope will continue on, hazard-free, for many years to come.

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