Grad Bash 2016

Credit: Natalie Cevallos (used with permission)
Grad Bash is a total cost of $105 for transportation, entry to the park, entertainment, and the rides.

Credit: Natalie Cevallos (used with permission) Grad Bash is a total cost of $105 for transportation, entry to the park, entertainment, and the rides.

Jackie Joyce, Senior Staff Writer

Senior events have started and what better way to begin the celebration than to spend an entire night at the exciting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure! This exciting event goes by the name “Grad Bash” and exclusviely celebrates graduating seniors. Hundreds of seniors from across the state of Florida come together for a night of music and fun starting from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am on April 29, 2016.

Credit: Jackie Joyce Left to Right: Remi Storch, Maddie Matesich, Adri Torres Remi Storch beileves that "you can't go to Universal Studios without taking a visit to Harry Potter World and trying their famous butter beer!"
Credit: Jackie Joyce
Left to Right: Remi Storch, Maddie Matesich, Adri Torres
 Storch beileves that “you can’t go to Universal Studios without taking a visit to Harry Potter World and trying their famous butter beer!”

And if having the entire park to yourself wasn’t enough, singer, songwriter, and dancer Jason Derulo put on a very entertaining performance for the graduating seniors at Grad Bash. Derulo has sold over 50 million singles and has received 11 career platinum singles including “Wiggle“, “Talk Dirty“, “In My Head” and “Whatcha Say”. At only 26 years old, he has made a very successful career for himself and by the crowd’s feedback at Grad bash, many people were enthusiastic to witness his incredible talent.

Credit: Jackie Joyce In November of 2009, Derulo's debut single "Whatcha Say" hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Credit: Jackie Joyce
In November of 2009, Derulo’s debut single “Whatcha Say” hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Although the night had not lived up to the hype for some, Lindsay Boos explains that “the lines were very long and we waited for an hour to only go on one ride. The ride we rode was the virtual Harry Potter ride and before I drank an entire cup of Butter Beer. I almost got sick on the ride but luckily, I didn’t.”

Credit: Lindsay Boos (with permission) Butter Beer is made of 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk. 1/4 cup butterscotch topping. 2 tablespoons whipped butter, room temperature. 1 1/2 cups vanilla cream soda
Credit: Lindsay Boos (with permission)
Butter Beer is made of 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk. 1/4 cup butterscotch topping. 2 tablespoons whipped butter, room temperature. 1 1/2 cups vanilla cream soda

 

Credit: Julia Lester (with permission)
Credit: Julia Lester (with permission) Left to Right: Anya Muyers, Julia Lester, Caroline Lamoutte. Lester elaborates, “Caroline makes us take a boat load of pictures, so to compromise we made her take a silly one rather than our normal standing and smiling.”

Grad Bash was a very long and exhausting night for many, but was definitely worth it. This event was a fun way for the Class of 2016 to bond with their sisters to kick off their very last days as students at Academy.