CHS Seniors take one last ride into the sunset before graduation

The annual event brings all the feels as seniors enjoy a wide array of activities to help them say goodbye to high school


Edith Orta

The Class of 2023 sends their balloons of hope and inspiration into the air at the 2023 Senior Sunset.

Colton, CA—As the sun began its descent last night, seniors flocked to the football field at Memorial Stadium, eagerly anticipating the festivities awaiting them at Senior Sunset. The atmosphere was filled with excitement and a hint of nostalgia, as friends and classmates reunited to celebrate their shared memories and the bright futures that lay ahead.

This annual tradition, held from 6-9 p.m., provided an opportunity for the graduating class to come together one last time before embarking on their separate journeys. The theme for this year was the western “One Last Ride,” and was coordinated by the ASB senior class representatives, led by President Denise Diaz.

The event brimmed with various activities to keep everyone entertained all evening. The senior class unveiled a special video telling the story of their final year of high school. Letters students wrote to themselves at Senior Sunrise back in August were returned. Local band Primera Edición played cumbias and banda music from the 50-yard line. There was even a gaming truck, which offered seniors an array of popular games to play, like “Mortal Kombat,” “Just Dance,” “Street Fighter,” and “Fortnite.”

Amidst the gaming and laughter, blankets and pillows were spread across the field, creating cozy spots for conversations and relaxation. The sweet aroma of tacos and funnel cakes wafted through the air, enticing the seniors to indulge. They chatted, laughed, and savored the company of their friends and food while basking in the warmth of the setting sun.

The sunset itself was a breathtaking sight, casting hues of orange, pink, and purple across the sky. As the sun dipped below the horizon, the seniors took a moment to reflect on their journeys and the goals they had set this year. 

As they read their Senior Sunrise letters, some seniors bravely shared their aspirations with the group. Vivian Guevara and Vincent De Anda were among those who openly expressed their desire to finish the year with good grades and loyal friends. Vincent, in particular, yearned for much more than just success in his future.

Notably, Ricardo Ochoa revealed his hope for everlasting wealth and happiness. Each senior’s unique goals and dreams added depth to the occasion, reminding everyone that their paths may diverge, but the memories and connections made during their time at Colton High School would forever hold a special place in their hearts.

To culminate the evening on a poignant note, students wrote their last messages, hopes, and dreams onto colorful balloons. As the day ended, the seniors released their heartfelt sentiments into the air. The balloons soared, carrying their aspirations and dreams toward the heavens, symbolizing the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. It was a touching and symbolic gesture, signifying the release of their past and the embrace of the endless possibilities that awaited them.

ASB Director Alexandra Buskirk, who has been organizing Senior Sunsets for the past three years, attributed the success of the event to the collaborative efforts of the ASB team and herself. When asked how she managed to attract a large crowd, she emphasized the power of social media, email communication, and personal networking. It was through these channels that the word spread, generating excitement and anticipation among the seniors.