Fireworks honoring 2020 graduating seniors at Salem Community High School Friday night. Photo by Bruce Kropp.
A large number of Salem Community High School seniors gathered for a fireworks display in their honor at the school on Friday night.
The event began with the lights going on at the football field at 8:20 (20:20 in military time) to honor the Class of 2020. While seniors stayed with their vehicles in the school parking lots, all their names were read off before the fireworks display was set off from the infield of the Salem High School baseball field.
Applause and horn honking followed when Principal John Boles closed the program over the football’s public address system with “Salem Community High School senior class of 2020, let’s hear it seniors!
Salem High Superintendent Dr. Brad Detering earlier announced the Friday night fireworks were being added to make up for some of the many things the senior class lost due to e-learning the last semester.
A virtual graduation is set to be released on the school’s social media at two Sunday afternoon. Students will then line up their vehicles and exit one at a time for a photo getting their diploma in front of the school at four Sunday afternoon. Due to social distancing, no gathering will be allowed for the presentation of diplomas.
The students are then invited to return to Bryan Memorial Park at 5:30 for a parade west on Boone Street, to Hawthorn Road, around Salem Township Hospital, and officially ending near the softball fields in Bryan Memorial Park. Families and friends are invited to line the parade route to congratulate the seniors.