Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) senior Henry Whittemore was smiling broadly as he sat near the Eagles logo in the middle of the Aerie Stadium football field Tuesday night with his classmate, Abby Hase.
They were there to celebrate Senior Sunset with a few hundred of their fellow graduating colleagues.
Suddenly Henry turned serious. “It’s sad,” he said. “Emotionally, really sad.” But he was looking forward to graduating and he and Abby are excited to attend the school district’s TASSEL program in the fall, a transition program for students 18-21.
“Have a good night!” he said, his smile returning as his attention returned to Abby’s cell phone.
Amber Holm said she and her friends had attended the Senior Sunrise at the beginning of the school year and now were back for the sunset. It all seemed to go quickly, she said.
“And there will be tears by the end of the night,” she said with a smile.
Organizers of the Senior Sunset event were expecting more than 250 students to participate. The nice evening might bring more, one said. “And the pizza doesn’t hurt,” he said.
Graduation for EPHS seniors is Thursday at Target Center in Minneapolis.
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