Back to School Bash Brims with Excitement

 Hamza Kromah ’24, Pedro Almeida ’22, Matias Eyzaguirre ’22, Pedro Lyra ’23, Zach Zemanski ’22 enjoy Back to School Bash festivies.

 Returning to school holds many traditions for the students of Western Reserve Academy, such as the Back to School Bash, which is an annual party to welcome the start of the new school year.

Organized by Parents@WRA, the event holds extra significance to both students and staff as it introduces new community members. This year, the Back to School Bash was held on the evening of August 21st on Ellsworth patio.

There were games on the green, including spikeball and cornhole. The WRA campus was also scattered with sidewalk chalk drawings done by students. Some used the opportunity to show their true artistic prowess, providing an array of impressive work! 

The usual popcorn, cotton candy and snow cone machines were a popular attraction. This year, the Parents@WRA opted to include Mr. Mundy and his Lux Truck team to the refreshments roster, and Gionino’s Pizza joined them. 

The highly anticipated Euclid Beach Rocket Cars also made an appearance. The company’s lovely employees provided rides to the students, offering fun music and fast speeds in return. Mr. Scott took on the role of DJ, doing a fantastic job. 

The Back to School Bash is a monumental event for the students, particularly seniors, as it is their last first week of high school. Four-year senior Martin So ’22 recalled: “The Back to School Bash allowed me to think back to my first Bash and realize how far I’ve come since freshman year.” 

The Bash left a similar impact on the freshmen. It signalled the start of their high school experience, and it was the first one without a mask since 2020. “The party was great. It allowed me to meet a lot of amazing people and dance with my friends,” Daryn Amos ’25 expressed with enthusiasm. 

The Back to School Bash could not happen last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the Parents@WRA were excited to bring it back. 

A lot of time goes into organizing such an impressive event. Parents@WRA Event Chairperson, Laura Cunningham noted, “We had over 40 parents plan, set up, participate in and clean up the Bash.” They also made an effort to try something new. While they were not able to give out the characteristic t-shirts due to a lack of supply, the parents supplied students with various glow sticks and light rings that added a great ambiance to the event.

– Sehar Mahesh ’25

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