Seniors, it is time to start saying goodbye to the halls you've walked for four years, the football field where you spent so many Friday nights, and the fluorescent-lit classrooms where you made friends, developed crushes and stayed for clubs after school.
But before you leave, there are some things every South Florida student needs to do:
Eat the "Kitchen Sink" at Jaxson's
This old-fashioned ice-cream parlor in Dania Beach is one of South Florida's gems. Its walls are covered in hundreds of license plates, there's a real organ grinder and monkey outside, and its collection of candy and toys is impressive. However, the most famous creation at Jaxson's is "The Kitchen Sink." Filled with ice cream and toppings, "The Sink" is only available to parties of 4 or more. Grab a few friends and crush it.
If you're going out of state, you can't leave without a trip to the "Sea of Grass." The only place in the world where the American alligator and the American crocodile co-exist in the wild, the Everglades offers airboat tours and even has a show with a live gator wrestler. (It's so weird, you have to see it.) Make fun of the tourists and take time to appreciate the beautiful South Florida that you'll soon be leaving behind.
Experience the Morikami Japanese Gardens
Located in Delray Beach, this museum makes visitors feel like they are stepping into Japan. The Garden of Drops and Dew is inspired by famous gardens in Japan and offers a collection of bonsai trees, kimono-wearing tour guides and even a live tea ceremony. Its annual festivals are a great way to experience various aspects of Japanese culture.
Embrace school spirit
You've probably been to a few football games in your high school career, but what about visiting some of the sports games that don't get as much attention? Head over to a game or match or meet that is usually only filled with a handful of supportive parents. Go all out (I'm talking facepaint and morph suits) and cheer on your team.
Go ALL OUT for Spirit Week
Spirit Week is a good way to bond with others and stand out at the same time; not only would it be the perfect opportunity to be exposed in the yearbook, a permanent memory in glorious colored ink, but it could start a tradition or serve as a final "hoorah" before leaving high school. So buy that pink wig to appear as Nicki Minaj, invest in a cane for Fast Forward Day, enjoy every second and take lots of pictures.
Try everything on your school's cafeteria menu
If you've eaten a bag lunch every day for the past four years, it's time to walk on the wild side. Before you graduate, try to eat everything on your school's cafeteria menu. Even mystery meatloaf.
Go to Warped Tour
Warped Tour is one of the biggest collections of some great bands coming together for one of the best concerts of the summer – all outdoors during the hottest summer days, with fans sweating and singing along to bands they may never see again. Warped Tour is the epitome of a perfect summer concert.
Perform on stage
You have four years of high school, so make memories and make them count. Most kids try to stay under the radar but these are your golden years. Performing in front of the school gives your high school experience an edge, and it might be a great way to make new friends. Whether through acting, singing or showing off some hidden talent, you performing in front of your peers will not only get you noticed, but boost your confidence and create a memory.
Ask someone to prom or homecoming in the corniest fashion
We've all seen the movies and understand that these two events are high school milestones no matter how we spin it. It's always nice to be asked by that perfect guy (or girl), but it seems nerve-wracking and almost impossible. Well, it must be done. Whether for a friend or a lover, go all out to ask someone.
Have a beach day
Whether for a club, a school event or just an outing with friends, a beach day is a must. Go spontaneously or on a Saturday; it can be an all-day affair or just a evening to walk the boardwalk and enjoy beach-side entertainment. A beach day is cheap, virtually stress-free, simple and a way to exercise your freedom from your parents for a day.