A prank without trace of harm

Senior pranksters Alex Almy and Jesse Poe stand atop a car they welded around the flagpole in front of Fruita Monument High School Wednesday night.

Students and faculty gathered in front of Fruita Monument High School on Thursday morning, wondering how senior pranksters welded an old Eagle hatchback around the flagpole without damaging the pole.

“This is a good one. I’m a little jealous I didn’t think of it myself,” said senior Jonathon Bradley as he inspected the sight between classes.

“I’m pretty impressed they didn’t damage anything,” said his friend, senior Evan Bluk.

The students recalled last year’s prank, which left the school reeking of mustard for days.

Because the prank this year was harmless, Principal Jody Mimmack said the perpetrators probably would not be in trouble as long as they came forward and offered to help clean it up.

“We traditionally have a senior prank,” Mimmack said. “This one entailed a lot of planning and execution. It shows a lot of Wildcat pride,” she said humorously.

Two seniors, Alex Almy and Jesse Poe, confessed to administration and classmates about their secret midnight deed.

Although nervous about what the consequences of their mischievous actions might be, the boys were proud of their late-night antics.

Here’s how they pulled it off:

Almy and Poe decorated the car, put it on a trailer hidden under a tarp, then drove it to the school via J and 19 roads.

They were worried the police could spoil the plan, so they had fellow seniors Shawn Hillman and Nick Hofius park nearby, armed with cell phones.

As for the car, the passenger side door was removed, allowing the boys to pick up the car and slide it around the flagpole. Then the boys welded the door and a pre-measured roof piece into place, encasing but not touching the pole. It took about an hour and 15 minutes to complete the mission.

Almy said they had discussed beforehand with their parents what they were planning to do.

Their parents explained that they would have to face whatever punishment might be associated with the prank, even if it meant jail time or suspension.

“We thought a lot about if people would think we were disrespecting the flag,” Poe said. “I’d feel really bad if a veteran or someone took it that way. That’s why I wrote ‘God Bless America’ on the side of it.”

“I woke up with butterflies this morning, but I think it’s going to be OK,” Poe added.

Mimmack said as long as there weren’t any complaints from the community, the school would be willing to leave the car in place until the end of the school year.

“People are going to remember this one,” Bluk said, laughing.


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