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Latin students erupt for Pompeii Day

Senior Mahesh Indraganti's volcano stunned onlookers with pyrotechnics.

courtesy of Mahesh Indraganti

Senior Mahesh Indraganti's volcano stunned onlookers with pyrotechnics.

Alex Cole, Staff writer

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Last Friday, the Latin Honor Society hosted its annual Pompeii Day, where students taking Latin had the unique opportunity to build and erupt volcanoes in the senior courtyard.

The event is a fun time for students, who acknowledge the eruption of Mount Vesuvius thousands of years ago. Students studying Latin at HHS learn about that very same era.

Students’ volcanoes were all constructed differently, some with clay, others with foam, sand, or even cardboard.

Senior Mahesh Indraganti created a clay volcano.

“The process was very intense, because my volcano was nothing simple like baking soda or vinegar,” Indraganti said. “I wanted my volcano to be something else. I used a mixture of chemicals that would create smoke, which was fun yet safe.”

Despite a lower turnout than past years, Pompeii Day was still a special experience for those who participated. Prize money was awarded to the first 4 places; students were able to earn as much as 25 dollars!

“We were very surprised to see that less people showed interest in the event,” Indraganti said. “In that situation freshman Justin Wirzman stood out from his peers, and produced a third place volcano, which I think should be recognized.”

To all Latin students, definitely consider Pompeii Day for the years to come!

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