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Cavaliers Enjoy the Bustle of Senior Circus

During their lunch break, seniors relished in the charms of a customized circus
Felipe Valdes
Senior Circus aimed to provide seniors with creative games and tasty treats to unwind during both lunches.

Following the excitement of previous treat days, Haunted Hallway and Senior Sundae, seniors wondered how their last treat day would cap off the year. On Feb. 28 during both lunches, they made their way to the basketball courts behind the 9000 building, where they enjoyed a carnival complete with snacks and games.

“[Mrs. Camacho] and I like to do things that are different, that we haven’t done before. We don’t like to do the same things two years in a row so the new seniors will always have a new and different unique experience. We knew we had some things already such as the snow cone machine and popcorn machine and we wanted to figure out how to put them to use,” Mrs. D’Alemberte said.

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During third period, the senior class board collaborated with students in Mrs. Camacho’s Work Studies class. Members of Student Activities got to work setting up tents for the various concession stands, ranging from popcorn and snow cones to cotton candy. The dunk tank was the main attraction of the carnival, where students had the opportunity to throw a ball at a target and dunk their teachers and administrators including Mr. Curtis, Mr. Del Valle and Mr. De Armas.

“We wanted to make it feel like you’re coming out of the circus and you want to get a quick bite to eat, so of course we had the classic tents. We had the little flags and a lot of the red which is traditional ‘Cirque du Soleil’ almost, [so] it came together very nicely,” senior Alexandra Roa said.

At the entrance of the field, the senior class board was in charge of checking in seniors who were in uniform, showed their ID and had fundraised at the beginning of the school year.

Seniors lined up to receive hot dogs. A condiment station nearby was stocked with ketchup, mustard and relish. (Felipe Valdes)

Once allowed into the event, Cavaliers received two tickets: a pink one allowing them to get a hot dog and a blue ticket for any of the other concessions. Seniors were beckoned by the buttery aroma of popcorn and sweet scents of cotton candy as the decision of what snack to get drew lines for each station.

“The assortment of food captured the vibe of the carnival really nicely. Having a condiment stand for the hot dogs was a good choice, and the snow cones were perfect since it was hot outside,” senior Diego Herzog said.

Classic rock and pop songs played over a speaker while students stood in line for their favorite snacks. Seniors socialized with their peers under the shade of the tents after receiving their treats, reminiscing on their time together as Cavaliers. Others waited for their turn to throw at the dunk tank, hoping to score and drench their teachers.

After a break for the students staffing the event to eat and restock the stations with concessions, the following lunch featured the same activities. To accentuate the fun, some of the event staff got into costume to augment the carnival aura.

Student Council President Lorenzo Londono joined the festivities of the day as a clown. (Felipe Valdes)

“Just for fun, I dressed up as a clown and I worked the dunk tank; we had several people dressed as circus performers. We had a strongman, a fortune teller, a ringmaster, we wanted people to really feel the circus around them,” senior Lorenzo Londono said.

As one of the last events seniors shared before graduation, Senior Circus reminded them of their years of camaraderie together at Gables. With Senior Picnic on the horizon, seniors relished the chance to spend time with their classmates before going on their own paths after graduation.

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Elijah Cima
Elijah Cima, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Elijah Cima is a senior in the Business Management and Information Technology academy coming in to his first (and only) year as a Staff Writer for CavsConnect. He joined CavsConnect hoping to improve his writing skills and get to know what writing in collaboration with an editor is like. He is a music nerd whose sense of fashion is wearing band shirts with baggy pants and loves listening to new music (mostly heavy metal sub genres). His favorite artists range from David Bowie to Opeth, Elliott Smith to Chief Keef and Ween to Playboi Carti. Elijah also enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, video games, playing piano, learning obscure trivia and creative writing. He hopes that his experience with CavsConnect will lead him to grow not only as a writer but as a person and lead him closer to his goal of becoming a published fiction author.
Felipe Valdes
Felipe Valdes, CavsTV Staff
Felipe Valdes is a senior in the International Baccalaureate program. This is his first year in Cavs TV and he is excited to learn an array of skills encompassing photography, media production, and beyond, while also forming meaningful friendships to make his last year at Coral Gables Senior High as memorable as possible.  Felipe has a passion for baseball, which he started playing at 4. He has played varsity baseball at Gables since his freshman year and plans to continue his career at the collegiate level while also being a leader on his team. Along with baseball, Felipe finds enjoyment in spending time with friends and family as well as engaging in sports and outdoor activities. Throughout high school, Felipe has been involved in a multitude of clubs, such as HIP, IBHS, NEHS, SNHS, as well as FBLA, where he is on the board of membership. Felipe is looking forward to seeing where his Senior year takes him and cannot wait to be part of such a wonderful staff.  
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