By James Hanlon
Leader Staff Writer
What a tough year to graduate high school, having all celebrations and milestones cancelled or postponed.
With commencement ceremony plans uncertain, staff still wanted to do something special for the class of 2020. So, they organized a drive-thru for seniors to drive by the high school to pick up their caps and gowns, curbside.
Last Friday, May 15, staff and faculty greeted seniors as they arrived, with cheers, signs and music from a DJ, all while wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines.
“While we can’t make plans for any social gathering, we hope (the drive-thru) provides some celebration for our seniors in person,” said Oxford High School Principal Steven Wolf.
Students were surprised with a goodie bag of food treats from the lunch staff, including their last serving of ‘Wildcat Mash,’ a school lunch staple of breaded chicken over mashed potatoes with corn on the side.
The night before, a team from the school district placed 496 signs, one with each senior’s name and picture, over a nearly mile-long stretch along N. Oxford Rd. from the Polly Ann Trail crossing all the way to the high school.
Seniors passed the signs as they arrived Friday morning. Many pulled over to take a picture next to their sign.
“It’s an impressive sight and we hope it will be a positive memory for them,” said Kendrea Shenfeld, the school’s counseling secretary.
Each senior will be presented with their sign at commencement on June 30.