On Friday, May 10 at the Sheppard Street Gym members of the senior class and their dates performed the intricate movements at the annual Figure performance.
The event was more special than most years as it could potentially be the last ever BCP Figure held at 304 N. Sheppard Street (Benedictine’s old gymnasium). That, of course, will depend on the progress of the new on-campus gym.
The Figure is a school tradition at Benedictine. It is a night designated by the senior class and is meaningful to the Benedictine community. The purpose of the event is to make shapes and symbols showing recognition of key elements of the Benedictine family. This past year the Class of 2019 made shapes such as O'BC, BHS and BCP, which symbolized the transformation of the school's name throughout the years.
They also formed initials recognizing members of the Benedictine community. AWH was woven around the gym floor to symbolize Father Adrian and all the wonders he has done for the school. 1SG was spelt out to show recognition to 1st Sargent Plumley, who was a military instructor for the school during the JROTC era. The Class of 2019 symbolized his initials because of his role in developing them into Benedictine men as freshmen: His last year at Benedictine was also the freshman year of the senior class.
Following the maneuvering of "1SG," the seniors formed the initials of STW in remembrance of Seth Wilson Class of 2017, who passed away suddenly in a car accident this past year. The seniors wanted to recognize him as most all members of the class went to school with him and held a bond with him. The last figure made on Rut Court was the formation of the numbers 2019, to symbolize the graduating year of the Class of 2019, which will be the 108th class graduating from Benedictine.
Following the making of the figures all families of the Cadets and their dates were invited onto the gym floor for pictures. This lasted roughly ten minutes and then the doors were closed from all people not in the senior class. The rest of the evening consisted of casino games dancing and delicious barbeque and chicken salad sandwiches.
"My favorite part was showing off my gambling skills," said Senior Jack Carpin. "I enjoyed taking my fellow Cadets monopoly money from them with my deceitful poker face."
Although the event could be held at a new location the figure will always hold the same special meaning from generation to generation in the Benedictine community.