Napoleon High School graduate Tyler Owen, center, stands with his grandparents for a photo following his virtual graduation ceremony on Sunday. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV News.
By Jeff Steers
(July 19, 2020 1:53 PM) It may not have been the picturesque graduation that Napoleon High School seniors are used to, but 79 were scheduled to walk across the stage on Sunday, July 19, at NHS.
The COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into the plans for a graduation on May 31.
Students walked across a stage in the auditorium on Sunday as friends and family members looked on and took photos.
The district – like most others – debated the graduation question since school was canceled for good in early April.
A representative graduation committee recently came up with the decision to hold a 1) outdoor graduation – if limitations allow; 2) indoor graduation if limitations allow; or 3) a virtual graduation.
When limitations on the number of attendees, the committee agreed to a virtual graduation.
“We want to thank our representative graduation committee parents and students consisting of Susan Sayles, Lisa Bradley, Mike Boobyer, Elizabeth Phelps, Izzy Ford, and Austin Smith, for participating in the tough decision making,” Patrick Dillon, NHS principal, wrote in the email earlier in the summer. “We canceled the June 14 (and June 16 makeup date for a virtual graduation) and putting all of our eggs in the one basket (on July 19).”
Several surveys of the graduates were conducted asking students about several dates
Dillon noted that a number of NHS graduates will be out of the area in August for school, military, or other reasons.
“We sincerely hope that this plan is well received by our community and that they know we are doing our best to make the most of things under the circumstances we have,” Dillon wrote in the email.
Students entered near the auditorium with several spots for photos. Principal Dillon introduced the senior, read the achievements of the graduate, and presented him/her as a 2020 NHS graduate with the turning of the tassel.
Elizabeth Phelps was named as the school’s valedictorian and Morgan Boobyer was the salutatorian. The remainder of the top 10 students were Kathleen Janiuk, Rebekah Skrzynski, Stephanie Moll, Thomas Vincent, Brandon Grimes, Rach Gross, Austin Smith, and Mackenzie Pulka.
Mackenzie Reason was the NHS Student Council president and Isabella Ford served as the vice president. Other senior members included Zachary Bradley, Kennedy Dunlap, Phelps, and Paige Roden.
The class flower was a white rose and the class song was “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.
Project Graduation was planned for Sunday night for the graduates.