Emotions run high on senior night


Photo courtesy Gus Garcia

Senior Lexi Chinn and her mom Sherri Combs celebrate senior night Oct. 18. Chinn carried a photo of her dad who passed earlier this year.

Fall senior night is a big deal to most student athletes, band members and for color guard. Feelings are overpowering and parents and seniors shed tears during the emotional night.

This is the last home football game of the year and the night seniors are recognized for their fall activities.

For some, senior night has more of an impact for others. This could be the last football game that some play or perform at, but for senior Emma Tipton it was also her 18th birthday. 

“My mom and dad could not believe that their last child was not only 18, but going to graduate and go off to college,” Tipton said. “My emotions were also high because I am now legally an adult and this year will be all my lasts, this is when it finally started to hit me.” 

For senior Lexi Chinn, it may of been one of the most emotional nights of her life. Chinn carried a picture of her dad Mike Chinn, who passed away earlier during the school year.

“I carried a picture of my dad to have him be apart of the night and also brought the picture in memory of him,” Chinn said. “This night was very emotional for me because I was not able to have my dad walk with my mom and I down the track.” 

Senior Tallon Martin had been suffering from a concussion and did not have a release form to play for his senior night. This made for an emotional time for not only him but his family and friends. 

“I missed my brothers graduation in California for the marines to play, when I found out I was not able to, I was very upset,” Martin said. 

Senior night is not only for recognition of seniors, but is a farewell to the fall of senior year. It is an emotional night for seniors and their families and friends.