Seniors say goodbye to LBHS and Laguna Beach…for now

By Yuika Yoshida, Student at LBHS

In partnership with Brush and Palette newspaper

As the year came to a close, graduation approached fast for the seniors. Over the past four years, the class of 2019 had been preparing to embark on their new journeys and finally start their futures. Along with looking forward to the beginning of a new chapter, the graduates also faced the bittersweet task of saying many goodbyes. The annual Candle Rose Ceremony held on Friday, June 14 united the graduating class under the roof of the Artists Theatre one last time.

“I love our class! We’ve developed a really strong bond over the years, and I know everyone is going off to do amazing things. I’m going to miss the chance to see my classmates every day at school,” said senior ASB president Cal Nielson.

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Cal Nielson, senior ASB president and 2019 Patriots Day Parade Youth of the Year, at graduation last night

There were many traditions the seniors took part in towards the end of the year to make their last year memorable. The most timeless ones included the senior trip to Knott’s Berry Farm, as well as the customary throwing of papers on the last day of school. An especially emotional tradition among these, however, was the Candle Rose ceremony. Candle Rose has been a part of LBHS for over 20 years. 

“Candle Rose is always a special night. A lot of kids come out of the woodwork and do some amazing performances. It’s a great chance for the seniors to share a fun, meaningful night together before graduation,” said Nielson.

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Seniors say goodbye to LBHS and Laguna Beach…for now 

The concert derives its unique name from the yearly tradition where the current ASB president hands a candle to the incoming ASB president, and in return, the new ASB president hands the outgoing president a rose. The symbolic exchange embodies the idea that the graduating class is passing the torch and imparting their wisdom to the rising seniors.

“Receiving the candle from Cal is such an honor because he’s probably one of my biggest mentors. Not only as ASB president, but as a friend. Being able to walk in his footsteps and become ASB president behind him is super exciting. Next year’s going to be amazing. I’m so excited for all the amazing opportunities we’re going to have and all the things we’re going to do. It’s a really special moment, and it means a lot to me. So thank you, Cal,” said incoming ASB president junior Luke Gold-Sine.

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Candle Rose Ceremony, a tradition for over 20 years 

This year’s Candle Rose featured a variety of performances at the free event, ranging from reciting poetry, singing, dancing, and anything else that was meaningful to the senior class. On this night seniors had the rare opportunity to showcase their talents.

“I think it’s a great way for the seniors to come together for one last show at the Artists Theatre. I’ve personally participated in about 10 shows ranging from the Shap Show to the Brush and Palette Benefit Concert, and I was excited to do this last one,” said senior Addie Briggs.

The event was open to all grades to bid a final farewell to the graduating class of 2019.

“Appreciate high school for what it is. It’s easy to tune out or have one foot out the door the whole year, but this really is a great time of your life – enjoy it!” said Nielson.

Stu News Laguna is proud to feature LBHS students’ writing in partnership with the high school’s journalism class and the Brush and Palette student newspaper.