Adia Hawthorne and Gia Ledesma are journalism students at Encinal High School
Senior Signing a Super Success
On May 1, graduating seniors across Alameda stepped outside to experience a brief moment of celebration and support. Alameda’s “Senior Signing,” devised by Encinal High School’s (EHS) government and leadership teacher, Kevin Gorham, saw many neighbors take a moment to cheer for the Class of 2020.
“The seniors have lost out on a lot since the shelter-in-place,” Gorham said.
Gorham interviewed Alameda mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi and the Island’s four principals on EHS’s radio station, KJTZ. Current students as well as alumni also called in to congratulate the Class of 2020.
“I feel so badly about all of the senior activities that the Class of 2020 is missing out on,” said EHS Principal Daniel Hurst. “I think that every little thing that we can do to supply something for the seniors is worth the effort.”
The Alameda community exhibited this effort when Alameda High School started a GoFundMe for the yard signs while EHS Leadership paid for what remained. Overall, students were appreciative.
“I think that the signs were a nice idea,” said EHS senior Pimjai Cullison. “They were nicely designed and it is nice to feel appreciated and honored in this way.”
“My senior year isn’t completely over,” added EHS senior Au Janay Mitchell in response to her participation. “I might as well get the best out of what I have been given. All my neighbors loved that we celebrated and thought the sign was thoughtful.”
Some students saw whole neighborhoods come out to cheer them on.
“My dad surprised me with a small get together,” said EHS senior Maddie Macaskill. “It was a great way to honor the Class of 2020 and all our hard work.” Around 30 to 40 neighbors came outside (and kept their distance) to support the graduate.