Grace King High Seniors Get an Early Start to the New School Year


Grace King High School senior class president Brooke Juneau addresses her classmates during the school’s recent Senior Sunrise event.

Seniors at Grace King High School made an early return to campus in more ways than one, recently. With the official first day of school more than a week away, the Class of 2016 participated in the annual Senior Sunrise on August 4. Students gathered on the Grace King field at 6 a.m. to watch the sun rise on their culminating year of high school.

“It’s really symbolic,” said Grace King senior Maria Heredia, who spent much of the early morning serving juice and donuts to her classmates. “The meaning is us rising as seniors at our school. I feel like it is a great way to get the students here and get to know each other.”

The student-organized event lasted well past sunrise. Students gathered in the gym for an orientation, then covered some new school year basics like receiving schedules, lockers, and books. The day concluded in the late morning with team building exercises planned by the student council.

This year’s event also gave students the opportunity to meet their new principal, Sharon Meggs-Hamilton. The new leader at Grace King High also saw the symbolic meaning of the morning.

“Senior Sunrise is a time for our ‘soon to be graduates’ to join together as they begin the new school year,” said Meggs-Hamilton. “The event is meant to represent how our seniors are looking forward to a bright future at Grace King High School – one with limitless opportunities to learn and grow.”

Other high schools in the Jefferson Parish Public School System host senior sunrise events. Grace King began its senior sunrise in 2011. As it’s grown through the years, it’s provided a meaningful starting point for its senior classes.

“This year you’re allowed to be a new person, allowed to be who you want to be and who you are,” senior class president Brooke Juneau told her classmates during a morning speech. “You make today like you want to make it.”