By Sarah Cipolla
A long standing tradition at Glenelg High School is the Senior Crab Feast. Depending on the year, either the GHS PTA or the graduating class is kind enough to treat the entire Senior class to barrels of crabs, large gooey dishes of mac and cheese, and delectable drinks of all flavors. Although there were some scheduling issues, the Senior Crab Feast ended successfully.
The crab feast this year was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to the busy schedules of parents and teachers. At one point, while trying to find the date to hold the feast, a crab feast in the spring was considered as an option. In the end, Glenelg parents and teachers upheld the tradition and crabs were on the menu for the Seniors.
The date was chosen for the Senior Crab Feast which took place on the twenty-second of October. The next step for the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Class of 2019 Student Government Association (SGA) was to make crab feast t-shirts and to sell enough tickets to make it happen. The crab feast t-shirts were designed by Anna Lawson, Lucy Loazer, Sarah Cipolla, and Olivia LePage. They decided on a red shirt with a Maryland flag crab on the front and “GHS Senior Crab Feast” printed around the crab. On the back of the t-shirt, a crab with mallets and another Maryland flag were surrounded by the words, “Let’s Get Crack1n9.” The shirts were sold online while the tickets were sold during lunch shifts by PTA members.
The biggest obstacle the PTA and SGA faced was selling enough tickets to hold the crab feast. The goal was to sell one hundred fifty tickets in about one week. This was a large obstacle because the Seniors had little time to bring in money and buy the tickets. Some Seniors may be absent from school or forget their money, potentially causing limited sales. PTA members did just that. On Friday the twelfth, one-hundred and fifty tickets were sold, and the Senior crab feast was deemed official. In two weeks, the 2019 SGA sold about one hundred shirts and over one hundred fifty tickets.
The day finally came when the crab feast arrived. Seniors gathered in the cafeteria of Glenelg High School to celebrate the end to their twelve years of schooling. The aroma of Old Bay Seasoning and seafood filled the building. From salads to seafood and mac and cheese to pulled pork, there were tables of food miles long. The tables were also covered with large brown pieces of paper that had red crab accents, mallets, and crab knives. The Seniors arrived with smiles on their faces, ready to indulge in the feast.
Seniors chatted with their friends as the waiters supplied them with endless piles of crabs, bottomless amounts of pulled pork, and unlimited spoonfuls of mac and cheese. They gulped down lemonade, sweet tea, and other sugary beverages to clear their palettes from the Old Bay. After a short break, they went back to munching away on their food.
While enjoying meat from a crab, Senior SGA Communications Officer Olivia LePage said, “I am so glad we pulled this off in such a short amount of time. It makes me happy that our whole grade came together.” It is a testament to the classes determination to make this happen. The class of 2019 pulled together a Senior Crab Feast in just under two weeks. They sold over 150 tickets and over 100 shirts in the very limited time frame. The Senior class must have really wanted their Crab Feast.
At the end of the crab feast, Seniors gathered and took pictures with each other so they could record their memories forever. Seniors either happily volunteered to snap pictures for their friends or gladly hopped into the ones being taken. The leftover crabs and cookies were given to the Seniors to bring home for their families.
Underclassman hear about the Crab Feast from their Freshman through Senior years. Freshmen Jocelyn Torres explained, “I’ve heard the crabs are delicious and cannot wait to be a senior.” They sometimes hear about this event though older siblings or older neighbors, they might see it in their social media feeds, or even see it on the scrolling announcements. The Feast is something the underclassman look forward to when they get to their Senior year. Overall, next year’s Seniors have a lot to look forward to!