The fall dinner and 100 day countdown have flown by and the senior class of 2023 celebrated their final dinner on April 30. The spring dinner was filled with surprises all night long. 

As seniors slowly arrived for dinner at senior classmate Slater Bayliss’s residence, Social Catering was preparing food. Around 5:45 p.m. the majority of the senior class had finally arrived, and dinner was served. Seniors were able to enjoy fresh rolls, beans, spaghetti and chicken with drink choices of sweet tea, lemonade and water.

“The dinner was mid, so I was trying to get lucky,” senior Charlie Stockstill said. “I got a blender from the senior dinner. I got some trade offers but I decided to decline them because a blender is very useful. I think I got pretty lucky with my gifts.”

As the seniors indulged and finished dinner, parents came out with an array of cupcakes decorated with the flag of every college that the seniors are attending. Seniors laughed with joy as they grabbed their college cupcakes and took photos.

“The cupcakes were my favorite because the flags were cute,” senior Isabel McDaniel said. “It is super nice that they put in the effort to make sure there is a flag for every single college and student.”

Once the cupcakes were engulfed, seniors were surprised with a raffle. Over 90 randomly wrapped gifts were available for a senior to win. College counselor Matthew Cave drew a name out of a bag then the corresponding senior picked a number. The senior would find their number on a corresponding gift and open it with cheers from classmates. The gifts included various items like tool sets, sheets, chargers, vacuums, Keurig coffee makers, calendars, TV’s and mini fridges. 

“[My favorite thing was] definitely the raffle,” senior Grayson Oberste said. “It was an interesting and fun way to do something while still all together.”

After the raffle, the seniors continued to socialize as well as play a few games that were set up. Football, ultimate frisbee and spike ball were the most popular amongst the boys while the girls enjoyed cornhole. Around 7:45 p.m. the graduating class departed to go home and rest for upcoming AP exams. The final major senior event will take place on May 19 and the class of 2023 will finally receive their diploma. 

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RJ Hosay was the former Online Editor-in-Chief (2022-23). RJ previously led the sports writing team. Every writer on the team received the All-Florida award from the Florida Scholastic Press Association in 2022 which is unprecedented in Andalusian history. RJ has received multiple FSPA All-Florida Awards during his tenure. He also served as the business manager of the newspaper. RJ was a Maclay Scholar Athlete and serves as Captain of Maclay’s varsity soccer team. He is also a multi-year letterman on the weightlifting team. RJ works as a licensed soccer referee and is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. Outside of the Andalusian and a rigorous academic schedule, you can find him spending time outdoors, working with his yellow lab or with his family and friends.