Viewers at wiscassetnewspaper.com checked out Principal Charles Lomonte’s letter to Wiscasset Middle High School seniors’ families in big numbers – 4,000-plus in the first few days. And over the week, Wiscasset Newspaper reached out by text, email and phone to two longtime WMHS staff members and a senior and her father for their thoughts on the plans for graduation June 11.
“I have been very impressed by what the administration has lined up for our seniors,” Technology Coordinator/VHS Site Coordinator/Student Council Advisor Deb Pooler said in text responses. The Class of 1971 member is a co-lead advisor for the Class of 2020.
“We have some amazing kids who deserve a real celebration of all they have accomplished in their high school careers,” Pooler said. “Despite this horrible COVID-19 pandemic, this class is going to go on to do great things. They are going on to colleges and into the workplace and they will make a huge difference. This class has been a strong class and will continue to be. I feel sad that they had to have alternate plans for graduation, but I know that our school and community will do everything possible to make this celebration resonate with pride and support for this class to make a positive and meaningful memory for our kids while ensuring the safety of everyone involved.”
Teacher Ralph Keyes has been to 32 Wiscasset high graduations. Asked about the plans for this year’s, Keyes responded by email: “I suppose it is one of few possible alternatives, none of which can diminish the disappointment the seniors and their families are feeling. The Wiscasset High School graduation has always been a formal ceremony, but it is also a very personal celebration of the kids and their accomplishments ... Each (ceremony) has had the same formal components, but each has been as different as the kids are different.