Perhaps it was not a month was planned, or the style it needs to be, but the 324 members of the Marshfield high school class of 2020 will finally be able to call themselves graduates.
Socially distanced ceremony on Friday, July 24 was the closest to return to a normal life as possible, complete with student performances, traditional graduation songs and graduates, dressed in green and white caps and gowns.
COVID-19 impact on graduation, and the class itself, however, was hard to ignore. In addition to the usual precautions of masks, limited opportunities and social distancing, the effects are felt at the beginning of the end in the face of the academic year was raised in the most night of student performances.
“We deserved last months of the year,” said class President Joe Adams said. “It’s hard to think about it. It’s hard to talk about it. But he once again reminded us that we could make the best of a bad situation and get back together.”
Adams asked that, despite a situation that radically changed the course of his last months in school, the class left in memory as one deceived COVID-19.
“I want us to remember our true goodness, our love, our respect and, above all, our unity,” he said. “We must recognize that even without COVID-19 affects us, we were one of the most well-rounded, intelligent, efficient and caring group of people who ever walked the corridors of the school of Marshfield.”
At the end of his speech, Adams presented each class member with a surprise gift: the class of 2020 points, the side with the Year of issue is often associated with perfect vision.
Andrew Kirdahy, an excellent student, despite his admitted 252 delay MPSD for his career, focused his address to classmates on the value of time and the importance of using this time to change the situation of priorities is evident in the current state of the country and the world.
“As a coronavirus transformirovalsya of the invisible threat is real monster, capable of reaching us and our loved ones, we are reminded that our protocols society,” he said. “That each moment should be appreciated, because the next is never guaranteed.”
This truth Kirdahy pointed out, was also highlighted this summer in 8 minutes and 46 seconds, during which the police officer of Minneapolis Derek suture to the end of his life, George Floyd.
“Growing up in Marshfield, most of us will never personally experience the struggle of being black in America,” said Kirdahy. “But we have the power to understand our privilege and to use our own moments to create a more just and equitable world for all.”
This ability, he said, in each of them.
“We constantly hear that we live in unprecedented times that much lies beyond our control,” said Kirdahy. “This may be true, but the most powerful thing in our power to control how we choose to use the time given us, however long it may be. Now is the time for each of us to make positive changes inside and outside the bubble of our Marshfield”.
Speeches are also made welcome Riley Moeykens, Treasurer class of Daniel Waite, Secretary of class brianna Hastry, historian Stephen Merrick class and honor essayist Cade of the scraper. Kelsey Sweeney read in the original class poem, “memories forgotten” and Sarah Gager sang the song, “Never leave our hearts,” which she also wrote.
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