Amityville Seniors Find New Ways to Celebrate

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With traditional end-of-the-year senior milestones impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, students and staff at Amityville Memorial High School are finding alternative ways to honor the Class of 2020. 

Senior class officers Jeffrey Reyes-Espinal, Nil Patel, Jordan Tobin and Trinity Tobin, along with adviser Dawn Mizrachi, communicate regularly to discuss ways to make the rest of senior year as fun and memorable as possible despite the circumstances. Jeffrey, the class president, created an Instagram page – @amhs.classof2020 – to recognize the seniors’ future plans including commitments to colleges, trade school and the military. 

“As officers of the senior class, we were elected to make sure that the hard work from our classmates is celebrated,” he said, noting that more plans are in the works.

On May 8, seniors were invited to the high school’s front lawn to pick up a personalized sign to place in front of their own homes. Each sign included the student’s name along with the district logo and “2020 AMITYVILLE MEMORIAL H.S. SENIOR Congratulations” in red and black type. To keep the gathering small, students picked up their signs during specific time blocks. Donning face masks and gloves, several teachers were also on hand to help students find the signs and write personal messages on the back. 

Principal Edward Plaia said the 266 signs were funded by donations from the Amityville Parent-Teacher Council and the administrator and teacher unions, as well as personal contributions from Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly, Board of Education trustees and staff members. A second set of identical signs will be delivered the following week to remain on the front lawn of the high school through the end of the school year.