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Graduation Bucket List: Rewatching High School Movies!

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As the final days of high school wrap up for the seniors of Elkhart High, what better way to commemorate than reminiscing on the movies that created the high school experience students were further able to live by? 

From the childhood years of watching Walt Disney’s High School Musical, watching the story play out of students in high school on their journey to graduation, to being a senior themselves and soon being able to cross that stage is such a “bittersweet feeling,” according to Lilliana Godfrey, a senior at Elkhart High. “Being able to watch all these movies back-to-back–movies that we grew up watching–and think ‘Wow, this is exactly where I am in life’ is such a crazy feeling!” Godfrey admits that even after watching all the most “iconic high school” movies, the High School Musical series still remains a favorite. Godfrey reveals these movies make her miss being little, but they also make her realize how far she’s come in life, and most of all, they make her beyond excited for the future! “Basically, watching the movies as a senior in high school is one big whirlwind of emotions!”  

Many more must-watch “high school movies” include, Clueless, Mean Girls, and senior Kyla Albright’s top-pick, as well as Godfrey’s close second, 10 Things I Hate About You. Albright even reveals that this movie has probably been watched over seven times by her: “This is definitely one of my most favorite movies of all time, and watching it now really makes you realize just how close we are to graduation.” Albright explains that one of the best scenes in all these movies are the “Prom scenes.” “When you are little, you watch these movies and all the school dances–especially Prom–look so fun, and when you watch these movies, after having now attended Prom, it really puts life into perspective.” One of Godfrey’s childhood bucket-list items was actually to go to Prom, “just like in the movies.” Having now attended Prom, as Godfrey watches these scenes again, the high school experience feels all the more complete. 

As both Albright and Godfrey are at the end of their high school experiences, they ultimately both reveal their plan to watch as many high school movies–and Disney Channel graduation episodes–as possible alongside their friends the night before commencement on June 5th. “It’s such a perfect way to end high school,” Albright comments. Godfrey is also proud to admit that her favorite High School Musical movie–High School Musical 3: Senior Year–is at the top of the watch list. “It’s truly the perfect way to end high school, because right now, it’s like we are living High School Musical 3!” 

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Abby Rauguth
Abby Rauguth, Editor-in-Chief and Entertainment Editor
Hi! My name is Abby Rauguth. I am a senior this year, and it will be my third and final year with the school's newsmagazine. I have genuinely loved working in this class for the past years, and I know I will have just as much fun this year! It’s exciting to get to work on new articles, and it’s even better when you get to learn new things throughout the process of writing! This class has taught me so much and has even influenced where I see my future going. I spend a lot of my free time reading and listening to music; some of my favorite artists include Harry Styles and Taylor Swift. Listening to music can be so relaxing, and it definitely helps me when writing my articles!

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