On Saturday May 16, 2020, The CW Network aired a special called “Graduate Together: America Honors The High School Class of 2020.”
During the segment, CW69 paid tribute to several students in the metro Atlanta area who are graduating during the COVID-19 pandemic.READ MORE: The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office In Contract With FDOT For Speed Enforcement
This comes as proms and formal graduation ceremonies were cancelled or postponed all around the country due to social distancing and health safety guidelines. Despite the challenges, the students provided messages of hope and perseverance during this unprecedented time.
Two students were given a platform to deliver graduation speeches they were planning on giving. In the first spot, Woodstock High School senior Alanis Broussard shared her message of triumph.
“2020 taught me that I have a spark. I’m a phoenix, born out of the ashes, resurrecting the hearts of the heartless and the voices of the voiceless,” she said.READ MORE: Atlanta School Renamed For Baseball Legend Hank Aaron
Her spot features photos of the following students:
- Stephen Hood, Kell High School
- Christina Sanders, Lakeside High School
- Kaleb Stewart, Whitefield Academy
- Andrew Millsaps, Blessed Trinity Catholic
- Abigail Jackson, Greater Atlanta Christian
Elite Scholars Academy Valedictorian David Egbuna spoke during the second spot, recalling all of the efforts and accomplishments of his classmates.
“This may be the end of our time in high school, but this time is truly just the start of our lives. No matter what happens, we matter, and we will continue to make a difference in this world,” Egbuna said.
Photos of the following students were featured during his spot:
- Maya Mitchell, Woodward Academy
- Slade Petty, North Gwinnett High School
- Jordan Campbell, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
- Jazlyn Perry, Villa Rica High School
- Jakeria Haynes, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
- Alyssa Jones, Sprayberry High School
- Jaden Smith, Hillgrove High School
- Dajah Hanna, Tri Cities High School
- Terrell Davis, North Springs Charter
CW69 salutes the entire Class of 2020, and we wish you the brightest of futures and the best on your endeavors.