New Hanover County Stadium Graduation

New Hanover County Stadium Graduation

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Jake Scanlan started this petition to Students and

The New Hanover County School Board offered a “drive-in” graduation as the only option for the senior class of 2020. As a senior,  this decision rattled me. I have worked for 15 years to be able to walk across the stage in front of my fellow classmates and family to receive not only a diploma but the recognition that I finally did it. We understand that a regular graduation may not be possible, but many other schools have used football stadiums with social distancing to produce a similar feeling for the students. The school board voted 4-3 against the football stadium graduation, causing the drive in to be the option, with only one car per student. This is unfair and shows the school board’s disregard for accomplishments we have achieved throughout the first 18 years of our lives. With proper social distancing restrictions and masks, we can create an atmosphere to celebrate the students as we start the new chapter of our lives. Students before us remember this day for the rest of their lives, and this weak option does not allow anything close to what we have dreamed about for our entire lives. The school board took the easy way out on this decision. Again, this shows the utter disregard for the student’s accomplishments during the first 18 years of our lives. This may not do absolutely anything (the school board doesn’t seem to care about the students), but I would rather try and use my right to petition and peacefully protest to cause a change than sit in a car, apart from my fellow students and teachers that have made this chapter of my life so memorable. 

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