Dear Class of 2020

By Emma Parker, Staff Intern

This year the world has changed and what was considered to be “normal life” has ceased to exist.

High school traditions like Senior Send Off, Grad Bash, Prom and even graduation have either been canceled or turned virtual. These last exciting moments for seniors have now been taken way, but have been replaced with the world coming together, virtually, and making these last high school memories unforgettable.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about John Krasinski’s virtual prom, where he did a livestream of different performers and clips of seniors celebrating at home.

In the recent weeks, multiple groups of celebrities have joined together to create multiple graduation ceremonies.

On May 3, John Krasinski made a Zoom graduation which included four graduates who sent in one question they wanted to ask their mystery commencement speaker to address in a separate, special Zoom call. They were then surprised when each found one of their role models on the other end of the call.

Director Steven Spielberg, producer and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, international education activist Malala Yousafzai and comedian Jon Stewart all joined and shared a special message of encouragement for the Class of 2020.

But that was only the beginning for the star-studded chain of graduations that followed.

Facebook Live streamed a star-studded graduation, featuring Winfrey as commencement speaker, on Facebook Live on May 15.

On May 16, basketball star LeBron James produced an hour-long special on all major networks to celebrate the Class of 2020.

James’ program featured speeches and performances by James, Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Alicia Keys, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Timothée Chalamet, H.E.R, President Barack Obama and many more.

The program made it a point to include all the Class of 2020 by having seniors present upcoming speakers, including clips of high school Youtubers and having images of seniors shown in the background throughout the program.

The guests expressed admiration, respect and encouragement towards the Class of 2020, saying that this experience will not harm them but make them better.

For this school’s senior class, the city of Pompano Beach is hosting a parade on May 20 starting at 7:20 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Northeast Fourth St and Northeast 18th Ave, continue west on Fourth before turning right on 13th Avenue around the school.

Teachers and administrators will be lined up along the route cheering and holding signs. Students are encouraged to decorate their cars and be in the front passenger seat.

There are so many ways that the senior class can celebrate for all the all-nighters, the waking up at 5 a.m., and the hours on end spent after school for clubs, events and sports.

Though I am not a senior, I am so happy that the Class of 2020 is getting recognized for all their hard work and will be the year that will not be forgotten.

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