Memorial HS to graduate Monday
360 seniors will get diplomas in WNY
by Katherine Desimine
Reporter correspondent
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ALMOST THERE— 360 seniors are scheduled to graduate from Memorial High School on Monday night, June 24.
ALMOST THERE— 360 seniors are scheduled to graduate from Memorial High School on Monday night, June 24.

Memorial High School will hold its graduation on Monday night. Approximately 360 seniors in the 1,770 student body will graduate.

Scott Wohlrab, the principal of Memorial High School, said that most of the students graduating will be going to college.

“They were a great class,” he said in an interview on Tuesday, recounting some of the class’s achievements.

At graduation 120 awards will be given to different students. Students have received scholarships ranging in value from $300 all the way to $10,000.

Some of the students graduating just recently moved to this country and have worked extremely hard to excel, Wohlrab said.

The Drama Club has won multiple awards for its production of “The Drowsy Chaperone”; the musical and dance teams have won awards at competitions, and both the girls’ bowling team and boys’ track team won county honors.
“They really inspired me to go into education.” – Adam Parkinson
“[The seniors] anchored the teams,” Wohlrab said.

Adam Parkinson is the valedictorian of the class.

“He’s a great kid,” Wohlrab said. “He’s accomplished a lot.” Adam is the senior class president, president of the chorus, captain of the bowling team, was the main lead in the“The Drowsy Chaperone.” He was also voted homecoming king.

Next year he will attend St. Peter’s University and will study elementary education with the ultimate goal of becoming a teacher.

He said that the reason he is so focused and motivated is the people around him – his teachers, administrators, the principal, and his family.

“They all keep me motivated outside and inside of school,” Adam said in a phone interview on Wednesday. He said that his class had always being strongly bonded and very close, and their relationship has grown greatly over the three years that he’s been at Memorial.

He said that what he will remember most about Memorial is the teachers and the classes.

“They really inspired me to go into education,” Adam said of his teachers.

Graduation will be held on Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at Coviello Field, weather permitting. If it rains, graduation will be held at the same time and date at the gymnasium in the West New York middle school. Attendees need tickets to get in.

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