The 24 Medina High School seniors in the class of 2020, along with seniors across the nation, faced a final disappoint of the year as the chance for a traditional graduation looked smaller and smaller.
Superintendent Kevin Newsom, the Medina Independent School District Board of Directors, teachers, staff and the Medina community set a goal to make a traditional MISD outdoor graduation happen if possible…and they succeeded.
The 8 p.m. graduation last week was live streamed on the MISD Facebook page.
The original date of Friday, May 22, did not change, but a backup of plan of doing it indoors if it rained, instead of in Bobcat Stadium, was not needed.
Bandera ISD moved its outdoor graduation event up a day to Thursday, May 21, when it looked like heavy rains would hit on Friday night.
The MISD graduation event did have some changes, like visitors in the bleachers sitting on marked places to ensure six-foot distancing between groups and the graduates sitting in chairs spaced further apart than before to meet COVID-19 safety protocols.
Valedictorian Shelby Wilson moved to Medina in her freshman year and said she really liked the school and classmates she had during her high school days.
“This is an emotional time, and I am glad we can have our graduation this way. I want to be a RN (registered nurse) and will go to UTSA (the University of Texas at San Antonio) for my bachelor’s and then go to the UT Health Science Center,” Wilson said.
Salutatorian Brianna Morris moved to Medina in the eighth grade and was especially happy to be at the graduation.
“I honestly didn’t think we would be here because of the all the things going on with the virus and shutdowns. This is a special time, and I am glad it all worked out,” she said.
Morris plans to attend Schreiner University in Kerrville to get a bachelor’s degree in exercise planning. She eventually expects to get an advanced degree in the exercise health science field.
Other plans of the 24 Medina seniors included college, the military, work as a heavy equipment operator, a coach and as a graphic artist.