As tradition dictates, Peekskill High School graduation took place under the tent on the Parade Field on Sunday. And as tradition also dictates, PHS again sponsored a wonderful ceremony. Despite the heat, the crowds turned out to support our students.
The students – varied in race, creed, color, and high heel size, showed up looking great. Songs were sung, speeches were given, and diplomas handed out. Yes, the ceremony was wonderful, but the real story of graduation is what it took to get there. Salutatorian Jenisis Gallego spoke about the battle students fought to get to graduation. The imagery she described entailed fighting off “senioritis” and other typical high school problems.
For other students, the battles were much more fierce. For those on stage who were teenage parents, the graduates who entered high school not speaking English, the graduate with severe learning problems who spent his first year slated for an IEP diploma, the students whose emotional and family problems resulted in their taking 5 or 6 years to graduate from high school, the battle to graduation was much harder fought. Extending the battle imagery to the teachers and staff of PHS, you couldn’t find a better squad that went to work everyday to “fight the good fight.” Contrary to what some people think, Peekskill High School is not a battleground in the literal sense, but it is a place filled with ” fighters” and filled with winners.
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