"We get to see so many new faces," said Belleville East High School Senior Tyesha Coleman.
She was describing the annual Lancerfest; an event Belleville East hosts to provide a social haven for students right before finals. This year, Lancerfest was held May 16, which was also the final day for seniors like Coleman.
"It's finally the time of the year when teachers and students can have fun," Coleman said.
Students could have fun at the photo booth, dunk tank, basketball tournament, rock climbing wall and dodgeball tournament. The ticket to enter Lancerfest was a T-shirt many students purchased the first week of May.
On the front of the bright colored shirt was a sketch of a person doing the popular dance known as the "Nae Nae." Many students were excited about the shirts, because they represented the highlight of the year.
"The shirts this year are amazing," Coleman said.
While students wore T-shirts, there were also men in uniform at the event. Members of the military were in attendance to provide a few activities for students to try as well as be good role models. They brought in a rock climbing wall, football toss, bean bag toss and an Army vehicle for students to explore.
Many of Belleville East's extracurricular clubs got involved as well. French club, Spanish club, Interact and other groups sold food at Lancerfest. From Airheads to brats, students had plenty of variety.
After eating, many students decided to dance. Assistant Principal Jason Karstens even decided to dance. Overall, the event provided students a chance to relax before kicking into finals mode. It also left seniors with a last chance to enjoy high school before graduation.