It didn’t take long Tuesday for the Neosho High School Class of 2014 to race up Senior Hill and make their mark.
Dressed in shorts, T-shirts and blue jeans, the seniors had paintbrushes in one hand and gallons of different colored paint in the other.
Designs ranged from the U.S. flag to purple fish to words of wisdom to footprints and handprints and other scenes.
“We did an orange background, then a teal color, then a peace sign, then our names in the peace sign and then ‘2014,’” said Lisa Wilson. “And then we splattered paint.”
Wilson and her friend, Michelle Gibbens were walking down the hill – both covered with green paint.
“I will go into school and use their showers (to get the paint off),” said Gibbens. “I have a meeting after school.”
Walking up the hill was Lyle Jackson, covered in paint from head to toe. He said that he was pleased to participate in the time-honored tradition of painting Senior Hill.
“I am very pleased, it is a great tradition to do, and had a lot of fun doing it,” said Jackson.
Jackson opted to paint the Army Ranger School emblem with a couple of his friends.
“I am in the AFJROTC and also a part of the Army National Guard here,” he added. “After high school, I am going to go to college and become an officer in the Army.”
As far as how Jackson plans to get the paint off, he said, “It is going to take a while. I don’t know yet (how to get it off), probably go to the car wash, or go to the creek and try to wash off.”
With the painting done, Hailey Jensen and her friend, Brooke Williams opted to throw some paint on each other.
Asked how bad it was to get painted, Jensen said, “It is going to take a while. I don’t know yet (how to get it off), probably go to the car wash, or go to the creek and try to wash off.”
Jensen and Williams decided to paint a saying that Jensen’s mother told her.
“My mom — all of the way through high school, whenever we were going through troubles and everything — she said, ‘happy girls are the prettiest and strive to be happy,’” Jensen said. “So we painted ‘happy girls are the prettiest’ with flowers, put our hands and feet all over it. It was a lot of fun. And it meant a lot through high school to be happy and now we are done.”
Asked which was better to paint either Senior Hill or their fellow classmates, Williams said, “Paint the classmates for sure.”
Jensen added, “classmates, because that (Senior Hill designs) is going to disappear eventually, but we will be forever.”