Friends and family of Madison’s graduating class of 2020 were able to see the 97 graduates walk across the stage and receive their diplomas – but only on a screen this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Madison High School put together a virtual graduation ceremony that was posted on the school district’s website starting at 2:00 Sunday afternoon – the original time that the traditional graduation ceremony was to be held.
The ceremony included recognition of the top honor students in the graduating class. High School Principal Adam Shaw announced the students making up the top ten-percent of the Class of 2020. They are Mason Avery, Peyton Bern, Claire Boyko, Casi Eliason, Caroline Graham, Ammon Hawkes, Hannah LeMair, Mya Maxwell, Grace Nelson, and Carlie Terrall. Shaw also recognized those graduating with honors, members of the National Honor Society, and the 45 Regents Scholars within the graduating class.
Caroline Graham was one of the student speakers during Sunday’s ceremony. Graham presented her speech entitled “Shoes”.
Graham was involved in a variety of activities while in high school and plans to attend the University of Tampa in the Fall to study Environmental Science and Music Production and Composition.
Another student speaker Sunday was Grace Nelson. Nelson presented her speech entitled “To the Class of 2020”.
Nelson served as President of the Madison High School Student Council this past year and plans to attend South Dakota State University in the fall to pursue a double major in Political Science and Economics.
If possible, Madison High School is planning to hold an in-person ceremony honoring the class of 2020 on July 26th.
A link to Madison High School’s virtual graduation and senior videos can be found here.