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Members of the O-M Class of 2020 gather for a group photo on the school track.
O-M graduates 52 in outdoor ceremony
SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 27, 2020 -- The Odessa-Montour High School Class of 2020 graduated Friday evening -- a sunny evening out on the school athletic field.
The event -- limited in attendance by a regulation issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo that capped participation at 150 persons -- saw speeches by co-Valedictorians Derrick Lewis and Brooke Sikora.
Each graduate had entered the seating area after walking along the school track with their parents or other representatives. As each made that march, his or her individual accomplishments were announced, including scholarships won. Those scholarships were being revealed for the first time, bringing some smiles and looks of surprise to a recipient's face.
After speeches, diplomas were distributed, each graduate called forward to receive his or hers from School Superintendent Chris Wood.
In his speech, Lewis had a long list of people he wanted to thank, from specific teachers who had encouraged him to pursue his goal of engineering, to his many friends, to his family.
While he said his speech "feels like the end of an era," he said he looked forward to the future -- but as for the present, "I couldn't be prouder standing here representing this class."
Sikora expressed regret that some friends and family were kept out of the ceremony by the governor's regulation, and that "we missed so much this year -- the Senior Trip, Prom, Skip Day, and pranks we might have pulled" on teachers and other students. On the plus side, she said, the pandemic "allowed us extra time with family."
Of her fellow students, she said she was amazed by "how much talent there is in this class," and said "I hope to see some of you down the road."
After the dipomas were dispensed, the Class of 2020 adjourned, making its way toward the student parking lot, where friends and family members who couldn't attend the ceremony were waiting to congratulate the new graduates.
Photos in text: Co-Valedictorians Derrick Lewis and Brooke Sikora.
Odessa-Montour 2020 graduates
Photos in text: From top: Sara Gardner, Kiara Ordway
Odessa-Montour scholarship winners
ODESSA, June 27, 2020 -- The following scholarships were announced at Friday's graduation ceremony.
Photos in text: From top: Kara Reese and Eric Rumsey
Photos from the ceremony:
Left: Shania Austin. Right: Micah Brewster with parents Melinda and Burton.
From left: Cheianne Webster, Brett Walters and Isabella Bond.
Left: John Charles Jelliff. Right: JoLynn Minnier.
From left: Marisa Alton, Caleb Thomas and Julia Paulisczak.
Left: Jazmin Crout. Right: Salutatorian Grace Vondracek.
Left: From left, O-M alum Kennedey Heichel and O-M students Autumn Garrison and Hannah Nolan, who were waiting outside the ceremony grounds to congratulate the graduates. Right: Rhys Stermer.
From left: Preston Harris, Hannah Chapman and Rebecca Wolfe.
From left: Bailey Hornbrook, Hunter Holley and Deshawn Johnson.
Left: Tassia Garrison. Right: Lydia Lynch.
From left: Faith Switzer, Paden Grover and MacKenzie Monroe.
From left: Ryan Griswold, Hayley Burke and Noah Hollenbeck.
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Odessa, New York 14869