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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • A colorful tradition

  • A time-honored tradition was observed Monday morning, as the Neosho High School Class of 2013 raced up Senior Hill shortly after 8 a.m. with paint in one hand and paint brushes in the other hand.
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  • A time-honored tradition was observed Monday morning, as the Neosho High School Class of 2013 raced up Senior Hill shortly after 8 a.m. with paint in one hand and paint brushes in the other hand.
    "I think that painting Senior Hill is a great tradition for everyone to do and I am really excited to start the day," said Taylor Mitchell, a senior.
    She was with some of her friends preparing to paint their design.
    "We are just kind of taking it in a way that we can all do something but still incorporate it. We are all really big in our faith, so we are planning on doing a Bible verse (1 Corinthians Love never fails) in the middle and on the sides, we are all going to do our own little thing."
    Asked if she thought that this was a unique tradition to Neosho, Taylor said yes.
    "I definitely think that it is unique," she said. "All of my friends from other towns kind of wish that they had the same experience. I am lucky to do it because it is a great tradition that not everyone gets to do."
    Standing on the sidelines watching their daughter, Tim and Michelle Mitchell were taking pictures. Then Michelle wanted a picture with Taylor.
    And that is when the fun began. Taylor grabbed a paint roller brush and painted her mom's face pink.
    "Because she is fun and I knew that she wouldn't get mad," Taylor said. "I hope that I don't get in trouble for it."
    Halfway down the hill was Justin Clark and his girlfriend, Felicia Pogue.
    "I am very honored (to be painting the hill)," Justin said. "I think that it is about time I got out here and did it, I am excited, all of us are."
    Clark and Pogue opted to paint a saying they saw on the Internet. The phrase is "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
    "It is an inspirational quote that I found and the best one that I saw," Pogue said.
    After high school, both Pogue and Clark plan on attending Crowder College for two years, then off to MSU.
    "And after that, just start our life," Clark said. "I am going to computers and (she) is majoring in architecture."
    Darby Versluis and Mackenzie Lockwood opted to paint the Twitter theme.
    "Because it is big with us. It is the big thing with all of us kids," Versluis said.
    Versluis was pleased to be a part of this tradition.
    "I am really happy, I have three older sisters and they have all done this," she said.
    Asked why Lockwood opted to paint the hill, she said, "Because I am a senior."
    Page 2 of 2 - "Class of 2013 is the best," Versluis added.
    And what do the seniors do to get out all of the paint from their clothes, hair and all over their skin?
    "We are going to throw them away," Taylor Mitchell said. "We will probably go to the car wash. We planned on going to the creek, but it is a little too chilly for that."

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