Worcester County Public Schools celebrate their graduating seniors in a unique way

WORCESTER COUNTY, Md.- During the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a lot of uncertainty for high school seniors, especially when it comes to whether or not they would have a graduation.

“Kinda upsetting at first I sat home and I was like wow I’m not gonna be like that one last time with my class,” Alana Troxell, Pocomoke High School senior, said.

But in Worcester county, school leaders knew how much graduation meant to students and they were going to do what they could to give them that.

” We really talked to our seniors about what they wanted out of their graduation this year to try to meet their wish list, but also make sure we were following all social distance protocols,” Jenifer Rayne, Pocomoke High School Principle, said.

” It means everything for us to do this for our kids they deserve this and so much more,” Lou Taylor, Superintendent of Worcester County Public Schools, said.

That’s why Wednesday the school district went above and beyond for Pocomoke and Decatur seniors with two unique ceremonies, both with the Brand Digital Media camera crews there to capture it all.

In Pocomoke, they set up a stage on their outdoor field and had students walk the stage every five minutes.

Once they got off the stage, they did an interview, a family picture, and got to take part in a special art project to represent their class.

“I’m still glad they stuck with our original plan so I think they met our needs of what we wanted at least the best they could,” Daniel Christopher, Pocomoke High School senior, said.

Principals were not able to share a hand shake or a hug with their seniors as they crossed the stage due to social distancing rules, but we are told that didn’t ruin the moment.

“At least we were able to say congratulations I’m so proud of you and to really use our words to let them know how much we care about them,” Rayne said.

Meanwhile, Stephen Decatur celebrated on the Ocean City boardwalk with a drive by procession.

Students were greeted by everyone on the sides of the boardwalk as they drove by and were handed their diplomas at the end.

“I’m ecstatic, I’m a little shook because I wasn’t expecting all of this,” Tacoa Johnson, Stephen Decatur High School senior, said.

And seniors tell me that even though this wasn’t the traditional graduation setting, they enjoyed it.

“I feel like this was better than a regular graduation, honestly, I feel like we’re gonna go down in history for this one,” Tacoa Johnson, Stephen Decatur High School senior, said.

“I feel like it’s a unique graduation and it’s really an honor to be part of it,  just to be the class of 2020 it’s great,” Kyle Elliott, Stephen Decatur High School senior, said.

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