The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop Walkersville High School from celebrating its graduating class. Walkersville High School Principal Tracey Kibler and her staff continue to work diligently to keep students on track.
While schools were abruptly closed in March and students switched to distance learning, it meant the cancellation of many rites that students expect as seniors. No prom. No awards ceremonies. No signing ceremonies.
Like classwork, Walkersville High School’s faculty and staff joined forces to make some of these a reality virtually.
The athletic department created a virtual signing ceremony to recognize athletes and their accomplishments:
On Friday, May 1, 2020, Walkersville High School joined other Frederick County High Schools in celebrating the Class of 2020. The stadium lights were lit and the scoreboard changed to show the time 20:20 and a score of 20-19. The Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company joined in celebrating with lights and sirens.
On May 6, 2020, Principal Kibler and staff wrote the names of each senior on yard signs that they purchased. Afterward, they set the signs up on the football field at Lions Stadium in the same rows that would be set-up for graduation. They produced a video and shared it with seniors.
After that, the signs were lined up along the school’s driveway for a drive-thru recognition of seniors. Finally, seniors could pick up their yard signs to display in their yards at home.
Plans for graduation during this crisis are still in the works!
Until then, GladeValley.net and all of Walkersville join the administration, faculty, and staff of Walkersville High School in celebrating the Class of 2020!