From monuments on mountains to haunting ghosts, every school has its different traditions -- things that make each school unique and make the school year a little more fun and exciting.
Some Top of Utah students talked about what they like about some unusual or popular traditions at their schools.
Each year, NUAMES has a luau at the end of the school year. On the second to last day of classes, the entire school just gets together to sign yearbooks and eat. It's a free barbecue, and something that the officers just set up for fun.
"The Stomp Under the Stars" is another fun tradition at NUAMES at the beginning of the year. It is the first dance, held outside -- literally, under the stars -- and it's a casual stomp. The year's new sophomore officers are announced and it's a chance for everyone to get to know each other and dance.
Why it's cool:
* "Not many schools have a barbecue for the last day of school. We started that about eight years ago."
Travis Crowe, senior
One big thing that Clearfield High School does every December is a service project called "Falcons are Fabulous." Last year the school raised more than $10,000 for a humanitarian trip to Guatemala that students participated in. This year, the students are raising money for cancer research.
Why it's cool:
* "It is a schoolwide activity that doesn't really benefit the school or the individual students -- other than the joy they get from service. Everyone looks forward to the activities and it is really touching to see the impact our school was able to have on others. Last year, to raise money, we had a blender that kids paid to put nasty things in, then one student had to drink it -- way funny! We had police officers stand outside in the parking lot collecting change people had in their cars. Our principal kissed a pig once. We also had a talent contest."
Amber Seidel, senior class president
* "Every year, the activities change to what the students want to do. It doesn't stay the same and get boring."
Michele Worthen, senior
Morgan High has a tradition of painting the "M" on the mountain every graduation day. The tradition started in 1916 when the graduating class hiked to the site chosen and built the "M" by digging a trench, painting rocks white and placing them on the mountain.
Students hiked back up on graduation day every year to replace the rocks until 1920 when they started cementing the letter. Students and horses hauled up 25-pound bags of cement to do the job. They finally completed cementing it in 1953.
From then on, seniors have hiked to the "M" to whitewash it on the day of graduation. On graduation night, the "M" is illuminated so it can be seen throughout the valley.
Why it's cool:
* "Its something for all of the seniors to look forward to, and it's a way to be together and bond for the very last time before graduation."
Cassandra Andersen, senior
St. Joseph haunting
At St. Joseph High School, there is a school legend of "Sammy the Ghost" ... a ghost who takes the blame for odd occurrences at the school. People who have been at the school alone at night have some crazy stories about it.
There is a legend that Sammy lives in a closet behind the gym that is elevated like an attic, and some students have snuck in there to mess around.
* "He once messed with my freshman English class, levitated things, and 'possessed' my friend Nathan."
Connor Letendre, junior
At Layton High, several unique and exciting things go on during the school year.
* "We have tons of crazy traditions that I didn't know about. There is this one where you need to kiss a SBO on the football field during a full moon. If you do that, you become a true Lancer."
"During the beginning of the year assembly, we have a tradition. The Lancer comes onto the stage and does a few poses, and everyone in the student body rushes the stage. It can get pretty crazy sometimes."
Kara Hubbard, senior
* "There are these rumors that there are tunnels running underneath all of the high schools in Davis County. I'm not sure if it's true, but it would be pretty cool if it was."
Ambrie Bodily, senior
Fremont High School has a mannequin head that's painted blue and silver that one of the senior boys takes to every game. Lots of people kiss the head for good luck before every game. The head belongs to two senior boys every year; at the end of the year they will it down to two junior boys for the next year.
The school also has a big metal "F" behind the goal post on the football field. If you kiss the "F" during homecoming week or under a full moon you'll become a true Silverwolf.
Some swim team members carry pineapples with them from class to class on the days of their swim meets. After the swim meet they share the pineapple in the shower.
The school's cross-country team takes a torch to the opposing school they're playing for homecoming; they run from there to Fremont High. When they get a few blocks from Fremont, they stop and cover themselves from head to toe in blue and white paint, run onto the track surrounding the football field, and light a bonfire by the football field.
* "My favorite school tradition is the burning of the rival school's dummy at the bonfire."
Arturo Perez, senior
At Northridge High School football games the students stage a blackout. All of the students wear all black -- and even paint their skin black! This makes their student section stand out among the rest of the crowd.
True Darting is the name of a tradition at Davis High School. It is the act of "smooching" through the big "D" out next to the football field/track.
Rules of True Darting:
1. Must take place on a Davis dance night or full moon.
2. One person must be a True Dart.
3. The person that is already a True Dart must be on the north side of the "D," and the one becoming a True Dart on the south side.
4. The kiss must be on the lips.
Why it's cool:
* "I think it is hilarious. I think it's just a good excuse to kiss, but it's a funny tradition nonetheless."
Emi Facer, senior
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Jessica Heywood is a junior at Morgan High. She enjoys painting and photography. Contact her at email@example.com.