Graduation 2020: Even Covid-19 Could Not Stop These Pelicans from FLYING!

In years past, graduates lined up to process onto the field just a few yards from the middle school where most had attended to receive their diplomas under the shade of the tent that had been specially placed. As with most things this year, COVID-19 changed all that.

As one of her last “gifts” to the students, Principal Jeannine Clark worked tirelessly to make alternate arrangements that would keep everyone safe and healthy, yet still provide students with a send-off to remember. It’s no surprise, then, that the senior class voted her this year’s Spirit Award.

The spacious parking lot at SUNY Purchase was the new location, where parents’ cars could be spaced 6 feet apart. From the safety of their cars, student, parents, faculty, administration and guests could listen to the broadcast of the ceremony on radio station 92.5, and watch as graduation speakers Isabelle Anderson and Daniel Tahbaz spoke, along with class president Asher Lal. Lance Brady and Grace Liberatore were announced as this year’s Memorial Tablet winners, the two students who best represent the graduating class in academics, athletics, participation in extracurricular activities and overall positive spirit and attitude.

Then, as each new graduates name was read, their senior photo was projected onto one of three screens set up for the occasion and participants honked their horns and cheered,  After the ceremony, students were invited back to the circle in front of the high school at designated times to pick up their diplomas and take photos. When they arrived, they were surprised by a line of their teachers, cheering and applauding, as senior Advisers Mr. Sirico and Mrs. Waters assisted in giving each student their diploma and a “goody bag” supplied by the PTA.

Here are just a few random photos of the day. If you would like to add your photo, please send them to [email protected]