By: Camryn Hayes

Lebanon High School has been painting parking spots for almost 16 years. This has been an annual tradition that allows junior and seniors to express themselves and their artistic abilities.

Senior Bianca Krout said that she was very excited to have a space to call her own this year.

“Having a parking spot was definitely a different experience. Especially since last year I didn’t get to paint a parking spot, I felt like by having a parking spot I have my own personal space when I come to school,” said Krout.

Finding an idea for what to paint could be a challenge, but Bianca Krout explained her way of finding inspiration.

“I stood in front of my spot and started brainstorming ideas. Eventually I came up with the quote, “second star to the right and straight on till morning.” And I loved the outcome,” said Krout.

Senior Max Agnew loved the painting experience but was unhappy with the cost that comes along with the parking spot.

“My family was able to help me a lot and I felt like I had plenty of time to finish it. One thing I didn’t agree with was the price of the parking spot. I thought the spot to paint was a little too high considering we have to pay for paint too,” said Agnew.

Senior Karis McKinney has lots of things on her parking spot and everything is some symbol of meaning to her.

“My mom put her name on my spot because when I was young, she used to write my name on school lunches and I really enjoyed that,” said McKinney.

Karis also explained her love for music and how she was pleased to express that on her painting spot.

“I decided to include band jokes and a Harry Potter joke as well. I didn’t feel like I had enough time because band practice took up most of my time too paint, but I was glad I had plenty of help,” said McKinney.

 Principle Kevin O’Rourke shared his thoughts on the parking spot tradition and how it became just an ideal part of the school year.

“I really wanted to get the community involved in something everyone can enjoy and I think it helps kids express themselves in a positive way. I am a huge advocate for making sure that what our school is participating in is what I call, not always a normal thing,” said O’Rourke.

Mr. O’Rourke also said that he wants to provide students with an opportunity to express themselves and get more involved.

“Students should feel welcomed completely when they come onto school grounds. I think students should have some ownership and a way to feel connected to the school, while representing their tiger pride,” said O’Rourke.

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