By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor
MARLBOROUGH – An array of signs now wave on the lawn of Marlborough’s Walker Building in recognition of this year’s class of graduating high school seniors.
The display features designated signs for each senior at Marlborough High School. The individual signs show the faces and names of students who have spent more than a third of their high school years experiencing the disruption of COVID-19.
“It has been great to highlight our Marlborough High seniors and all they have accomplished to get to this point,” a post on the official Facebook page for Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant read. “Kudos to all involved in this fantastic project!”
This is the second year that seniors have been honored in this way.
In both cases, the display has arisen out of an understanding of the ways coronavirus restrictions have postponed or outright cancelled common “Senior spring” traditions.
The state has now loosened its mask mandate and eased capacity limits on indoor spaces. But normalcy is yet to return completely for the Class of 2021.
They’re still holding an abbreviated graduation.
While this year’s class is, further, getting a “Red Carpet Gala” celebration complete with formal attire, photo opportunities and a vote for the traditional prom court, the experience will deviate from what a normal prom looks like.
Then there’s the year of classes that are just now wrapping up.
Seniors, like almost all of their classmates attended school in a hybrid modality for much of the fall and winter, only returning to full-time in-person learning earlier this spring.
Athletes saw shortened and limited senior seasons, while students in other extracurriculars experienced similarly limited activities.
Back at the Walker Building, the signs still wave as seniors get set to bid their secondary schooling years goodbye.
School officials invite any and all members of the public to visit the display.
“Year two of this beautiful Marlborough tradition!” the district posted on its official Facebook page. “Congratulations to our Class of 2021 MHS Graduates!”