For years, Maxwell High School graduates have walked the sacred stage on the high school football field. Last Friday, the 23 students of Maxwell’s Class of 2020 crossed home plate
on the softball field for their diplomas.
Round tables with six chairs per table, reserved for the immediate family of the graduates, lined the infield. Graduates sat six feet apart along the first and third baselines in Coleman outdoor deck chairs, for their keeping, with center stage placed at home plate.
Attendees were required to have a ticket to gain access to the ceremony on the field, with bleachers available outside the softball field fence.
“It was different,” said Isaiah Cardenas “But, we got the chance to have a ceremony and it turned out really nice.”
Valedictorian, Jilliann Wilson, addressed her fellow classmates with an uplifting speech about reaching for the stars, followed by school counselor, Dena Lausten, who presented the names of the scholarship winners.
“I attended Maxwell graduation in 2018,” stated Eva Corley. “Although the kids didn’t have the big stage or a hand to shake, the ceremony seemed more relaxed. The staff of Maxwell High did a fantastic job decorating and giving these kids their right of passage.”
Each table was adorned with a blue and gold themed floral arrangement, a gift basket for the graduate and a box of pastries. Superintendent, Zach Thurman presented the class and students one by one picked up their own diplomas from their designated table, placed by board members Tom Charter and Jason Bowen.
After a 30-minute ceremony, Aubrianna Keeler directed the turning of the tassels and the graduates were dismissed to meet with their families.