With only nineteen days of school left, the class of 2013 struck a bittersweet chord during their senior celebration.
Following last week’s senior parents’ chapel, seniors took the stage and made their final performances at SJS by addressing their fast-approaching graduation in song.
Head Prefect Guan Chen opened the chapel with a short and sweet speech addressing the quick passing of time and finished with a request: “Can I get a whoop whoop?”
Seven acts and a total of 18 seniors performed in the chapel. All of the acts were vocal performances, but seniors played guitar, piano, and mixed electronic music.
Erin Granberry performed “For Good” from the musical Wicked with Aparajita Maitra. The two dressed in costumes for the song to emulate Elphaba and Glinda, the main characters from the show.
“It was a great experience and I’m so happy to have been able to perform on that stage one last time before graduation,” Granberry said. “And to have been able to perform with Aparajita for the first time made it all the more special.”
The chapel went smoothly until the final act went onstage. Jackson Jhin, Spencer Lepow, and Rohan Ramchand took their places to perform Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me” when technical difficulties stalled the show.
Suddenly, Jhin’s computer, which was programmed with the music and sound effects for the piece, had randomly shut down. The show took a brief interlude while Jhin, Mr. Garmon, and sophomore tech assistant Jack Ramzel fixed the problem. Students in the audience started doing the wave while waiting for the show.
“The show had been stressful enough because we hadn’t practiced the set changes, and then we went into crisis mode when the computer malfunctioned,” Ramzel said. “Luckily, the problem was fixed and the show went on.”
Despite the hitch, the performance was stellar and prompted rousing applause from the entire Upper School.
“It was my last time singing in front of the student body, and although that’s saddening, it felt really good to leave SJS with such an incredible, if slightly delayed, bang,” Ramchand said.
“It was one of the best senior chapels I’ve ever seen,” history teacher Wendall Zartman said.
Article by Megan Routbort
Video by Emma Gobillot