Cassandra Hartford, 16, paints her parking spot in the senior lot at Edward Little High School on Tuesday. Hartford and Meagan Brushwein, 17, said they have been waiting four years to claim a spot next to “big red,” the red steps that students climb from the parking lot to the school doors. “It’s actually a huge deal,” Hartford said, explaining how the competition for prime spots begins as soon as school lets out the previous school year. Design plans were delayed this year because of all the rain and a local law that forbids anyone under 18 from buying black spray paint.

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