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279 Superpan: A Snapshot of History

The 279 tree planting and Superpan, a day to remember. | PC: Judy Tran (279)

October 24th was 279’s Superpan, another one of Central’s iconic traditions. Stretching back more than 30 years, it is an integral part of every class’ senior year experience. In fact, it is just as an essential part to the school’s staff. President McKenna described it as one of the milestones he plans his year around, just as much as Prom. This tradition is so important to him that he has an entire wall dedicated to the Superpan pictures of each class that he was President. Ms. Harrington labels it as the “best day of the year” while Mr. Horwits considers it “Central’s greatest tradition” for the sense of camaraderie and unity it creates. 

The Superpan is far from an easy event to plan and realize. Actually, due to the construction going on for the new Arts Center, there was some doubt over if 279 would actually have one. The usual location of the South Lawn had it’s grass freshly planted at the start of this year, which meant the entirety of 279 standing on it could have easily killed the grass. Understandably, this was completely unacceptable to those who heard it, all adamant that they would have their Superpan, no matter what. 

It was decided, after weeks of searching, that it would happen in the area between the top two “arms” of the E. It was pure luck the grass managed to grow in early enough for it to be on the South Lawn. 

Other than the location difficulties, the other pressing concern was the actual preparation for the event. It took a crew of 30 people (including most of the Yearbook committee and volunteers Hannah Poeng, Roshan Shajee, Aaron Wilson, Phat Lieu, Henry Tran and Joachim Thomas [all 279]) two and a half hours after school on the 23rd to accomplish everything that needed to be done.

These preparations included a graph of the entire South Lawn, lining out the numbers with tape and painting the numbers on the lawn. It was certainly a work-intensive and stressful event that could not be done without all of the helpers that were present, special thanks from the Yearbook committee to our volunteers. Also, thank you to the Yearbook committee from Mrs. Cameron, for “staff this year doing a phenomenal job… show[ing] dedication.” 

The Superpan is very much a storied tradition at Central so perhaps it would be best to end with one of those stories. During President McKenna’s first year as President, he happened to take a few full-view personal pictures on his phone. Afterward, a group of seniors asked him for those pictures. He gave it to them, unknowing that it was tradition to not let students see the Superpan pictures until the professional picture was released. The seniors promptly uploaded them to their social media, of course.

 Soon comes along Mrs. Cameron, telling him all about how somehow the Superpan pictures were leaked, not knowing President McKenna was the leak all along! To make a short story shorter, President McKenna quickly found the seniors and had them take down the pictures, but that was our President’s first “flub” of his career, as he described it, and it was Superpan, no less.


PC: Judy Tran (279)


The 279 IB students gather for an epic picture on the hill.


Seniors crowd around the site to witness the iconic tradition.


The tree is finally in the ground after a speech from 279 president, Viktor Kagan.


279 officers and sponsor break the ground during tree planting ceremony.


Viktor gives a glorious speech above the hole for the future 279 tree. 


Students cheer full of Central pride. 


The 279 Cabinet posing together. 


Yearbook staff guiding the students into the 279. 


Friends meet and converse after the Superpan in preparation for the tree planing.


The seniors look up to see President McKenna and other administrators ready to snap the shot.


Helpers coordinate themselves as 279 gets in formation.


Jeremy Tejada leading the way for a great Superpan.


Jeremy Tejada (279)

Staff Writer

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