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Huntley Student Council’s drive-in movie

This will be Student Council's first drive-in movie.

On May 25 at 7:30 p.m., Student Council (STUCO) will host their first drive-in movie. The STUCO board decided on showing the classic 80’s film that casts a young Matthew Broderick playing hooky from school and singing Wayne Newton in the Von Steuben Day Parade.

Since the Spring Leadership Convention, STUCO had gathered ideas for their last big event of the school year and settled on a drive-in. There was a list of events to choose from and the drive-in movie idea caught senior Brandon Bencko’s attention.

“I thought it was a cool idea and I wanted to bring it to the high school,” said Bencko.

The movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” will be will be set up in the student lot on the East side of the school with the screen in the lacrosse fields. There will be an area in the grass for lawn seating, and the parking lot will be open for drive-in seating.

“It’s a pretty good sized lot and I would be impressed if we didn’t have enough space,” said Tom Kempf, STUCO advisor.

There is a lot of preparation that has to be done in order to make this drive-in successful. Student Council has been working with the school administrators to get permission along with the village to see if they need permits. School resource officer Nora Kruis was asked to direct traffic and STUCO had to rent out supplies from Entertainment Concepts, the same company that they used for the Homecoming dance.

This company will provide the screen and transmitters that allow you to hear the movie through a car radio. All of the equipment and set-up will cost around $2,000.

“It’s a lot harder than just putting up a movie screen,” said Bencko.

The Athletics Boosters will be running the concession stand, which is planned to be in the concession stand by the football field.

There will be a $5 fee to see the movie to balance out the costs. Although there is a fee, this event is not a fundraiser. It is meant to be one last fun experience for the seniors.

“It’s kind of like a thank you and goodbye to the seniors,” said Kempf.

Although it is mainly for the seniors it is open to allHuntleyHigh Schoolstudents. Everyone is encouraged to come watch a classic movie and enjoy some popcorn.

Already more than 240 people have shown an interest on the Facebook event page. The drive-in movie has caused a curiosity in the school. Students have been coming up to Bencko asking him questions about it. Bencko expects 400 to 500 people to come. If enough people attend it may become annual event.

There are still details that need to be finalized. Student Council will have worked everything out by May 25 giving the seniors the opportunity to have one “last hoorah” before they graduate and other students the chance to have a good time before finals.

“I hope it turns into something like Mr. HHS that happens every year,” said Bencko. “[But] We just hope that everyone comes out and has a good time . . . and that it doesn’t rain.”


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