Getting your pictures taken your senior year has become a high school tradition. But, cost can prohibit some students from taking part. Staff members at one high school are making sure every student can enjoy the important milestone.
Sioux Hoffner says, “Getting these senior pictures taken is pretty awesome.”
But, these aren’t your typical senior pictures. Photographer Lisa Olson says, “It’s not a professional because I’m not a professional.” And, she isn’t your typical photographer. Olson says, “I’m the school secretary at SCAVO High School. I’ve been there almost 20 years.”
Olson started taking the pictures for the alternative high school students a few years ago when a co-worker suggested the idea. She says, “She had a pretty nice camera and asked me what I thought about doing pictures for seniors, or us doing pictures because I like doing pictures. I’m a scrap-booker, it’s kind of my thing.”
For a minimum $20 donation to the SCAVO scholarship fund, students get an hour photo session anywhere in the city. Olson gives them a disk with all the pictures. Twenty-three students took part this year.
Olson says, “I think for every student, it’s important because it’s a milestone, especially for our students because most of them won’t go to college. So, it’s the only picture they’re going to get that’s semi-formal. And, I think that memory for them is important.”
For Hoffner, it’s more than a memory. She wants to go to Cosmetology school. Hoffner says, “It will help show them how I do my make-up, dressing wise, hair wise. If I do go to cosmetology, I’ll have pictures to show them.”
SCAVO High School Students graduate Friday, May 23 at 10 a.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place.