Smiles filled the faces of Neosho High School seniors as they painted Senior Hill on Tuesday. I arrived there shortly after 10 a.m., and quickly saw the seniors making their mark on the hill and, in some cases – well, actually all cases – the classmates even painting themselves.

This tradition of painting Senior Hill goes back many, many years in Neosho’s history. While walking up and down the hill, I had the opportunity to talk to the seniors with what they were painting and how excited they were to be graduating next Friday.

I am glad that the school district allows these students to do this painting of the hill. It also gave the opportunity for the parents and other family members to sit on the sidelines and take photographs of their high school seniors during the event.

I am happy to report that I didn’t get any paint on my shirt, but did get some on my shoes. Oh well, it will wash off.

Toward the end of covering the event, I asked Hailey Jensen if it was better to paint the hill or her fellow classmates. She said, “classmates, because that (Senior Hill designs) is going to disappear eventually, but we will be forever.”

Those words are very true.

Prior to graduating from East Newton High School in 1989, a group of my friends and I were trying to do something similar to painting of the hill, but it was going to be painting of the sidewalk or parking lot. It didn’t happen that year, but a few years later, one of the classes did it.

I hope that Neosho High School seniors will be able to carry on the Senior Hill painting for years to come.

On another note, Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you can, call your mom or visit her or cook lunch or even take her out for dinner.

I am not for sure what I am doing for my mom or Tina yet, but they are the most important women I my lives. To mom and Tina and to grandma, “Happy Mother’s Day,” I love you.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at Follow him on twitter at  @toddghigdonNDN