Honoring the Class of 2020

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Live Graduation Walk & Grad Video Offer Info
  • Times:
    • Pickerington High School Central — began at 9 a.m.
    • Pickerington High School North — began at 2 p.m.
  • Individual seniors drove up to a predetermined outdoor area on their high school’s grounds, exited the car, walked in their caps and gowns (while we play “Pomp and Circumstance”) up to a stage, received their diplomas, were recognized by their principal, and had their picture taken by a professional photographer.
    • Optionally, after the senior left the stage, they could state their future plans into a video camera set up just off of the left hand side of the stage. These video messages are available for purchase through Dreadhead Films. Even if they missed the pre-order window, as long as the graduate followed the video instructions below during the Graduation Walk, they may still order a personalized video until Friday, May 29 through the Dreadhead Films website.
      1. After exiting the stage, walk up to blue sticker on the sidewalk.
      2. Stop and look/smile into the camera directly in front of you.
      3. Clearly say and spell your full name.
      4. Pause (for two seconds).
      5. Say “Up Next” and then share your college or post-high school plans.
      6. Please limit your “Up Next” plans to 20 seconds (three or four sentences)
  • While family members were present in the vehicle (we asked that family members wear masks in the car, but the senior did not need to wear a mask), only the senior was allowed to exit the car and walk to the stage area. This procedure protected the safety of students and staff and kept the procession moving steadily forward. Each senior was allowed one car/bus/limo in the procession.
  • Seniors and their families decorated their cars and were applauded along the route as they drove by staff sitting in their vehicles in a nearby parking lot.
  • The Graduation Walk processional, which featured every senior walking on stage, was live streamed in its entirety on PLSD’s Facebook page.
  • There were tents available as alternate hand out locations in case it rained.
  • Traffic flow maps and more information
Virtual Graduation Programs
  • The recording of the commencement programs for each high school are available at the links below. These videos are free and available to view as many times as you wish.
  • The live stream Graduation Walk footage from earlier in the day is not included as it is already archived and available for viewing on PLSD’s Facebook page.
  • The Virtual Graduation programs include keynote speakers, class speakers, Top 10 salutations, and individual senior recognitions.
Senior Door Decorating Contest

Throughout the week of May 11-17, those with a PLSD Class of 2020 senior in their household were encouraged to decorate their front door in honor of that senior.

You may view pictures of all of the entries in the Door Decorating Contest folder. There were so many great entries, it was hard for our Board of Education members to select the top four!

The winners of the first ever PLSD Senior Door Decorating Contest are:

Central

Door #16 — Felesia Ondongo

Door #15 — Alec Hammer

North

Door FB Brooke — Brooke Woodruff

Door #23 — Quinn Parlette

PLSD’s Public Relations Department will be reaching out to the winners to award prizes. Congratulations to the winners and the entire Class of 2020!

“Seniors Rock Chalk Walk”

Due to the significant amount of rain that fell during the week leading up to graduation, the Chalk Walk is being extended through Sunday, May 31. To participate:

  • Draw sidewalk chalk art to honor a senior and/or write motivational messages to your neighbors during this challenging time. Let’s uplift seniors and each other!
  • Chalk your sidewalk masterpiece in the neighborhood where you live, post pictures, tag @PLSD and you could be selected by Superintendent Briggs as a Chalk Walk winner. Multiple winners will receive gift cards donated by local businesses.
  • We have also provided a map of two areas through the heart of Pickerington designated as “The Chalk Walk.” People can drive by or walk (with social distancing, of course) along the route to view the unique art collection. Click here to find the maps and more details.
  • Pictures will be posted here and winners will be announced on this page on Monday, June 1.
Senior Signs

 

As a special surprise for the Class of 2020, the Board of Education purchased a yard sign honoring each senior. Then, as part of their secret mission, the board, PLSD administrators, staff and volunteers lined route 256 (Hill Rd.) with the signs Friday evening so that seniors would drive by them on their way to graduation on Saturday, May 23. What a wonderful surprise!

Pictures of signs and the crew who placed them will be posted here during the week of May 25th. So, check back!

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