Pennsbury HS Honors Seniors

On June 10th, what would have been the day of Pennsbury’s annu­al Commencement cer­e­mo­ny, the PHS com­mu­ni­ty cel­e­brat­ed the Senior Class of 2020 in a vari­ety of carefully-planned ways. In the morn­ing, more than 100 PHS fac­ul­ty and staff mem­bers vol­un­teered to hand-deliver spe­cial gift bags to the homes of each of the 780 seniors. Following this, a plane trail­ing a cus­tomized ban­ner with a spe­cial mes­sage for the seniors flew over all four School District munic­i­pal­i­ties – Tullytown, Falls, Yardley, and Lower Makefield — criss-crossing Pennsbury for two hours! The senior gifts and the fly­over were fund­ed by the Student Council and the PTO. That evening, a pre-recorded video, “Salute to the PHS Class of 2020,” pre­miered on the Pennsbury Channel.

The idea for these senior sur­pris­es came out of a PHS teacher PAC meet­ing,” explained PHS West Acting Principal, Cherrissa Gibson. “Everyone want­ed to find a way to show the seniors sup­port giv­en the school clo­sure.”  In addi­tion to Assistant Principal Patricia Steckroat, who over­sees the annu­al grad­u­a­tion details, four teach­ers took lead­er­ship roles for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion: Liz Titano, Courtney De La Pena, Doug Campbell, and Erica Rudesyle

I would also like to say a spe­cial thank you to the staff behind the mak­ing of the “Salute to the PHS Class of 2020” video, added Ms. Gibson. “Patricia Steckroat, Dan Mahoney, and Kelly Lewis put in many hours to cre­ate the final pro­duc­tion that aired on the evening of June 10th.”

The high school admin­is­tra­tion remains hope­ful that a live grad­u­a­tion event may still be pos­si­ble for the Class of 2020 at Falcon Field in late July.