There were plenty of cheers and tears Friday, May 8, as administrators, faculty and staff at St. Anthony’s High School, South Huntington, gathered to pay tribute to the Class of 2020 on Senior Day. The festive event—which featured black and gold balloons, congratulatory signs and high-energy pop music mixed by a DJ—coincided with what would’ve been the final day of classes on campus for the 626 soon-to-be graduates. Seniors and members of their families received a rousing reception while driving through the school parking lot under mostly cloudy skies and intermittent rain. Franciscan Brother David Migliorino, school principal, served as the head cheerleader, clapping, dancing and blowing kisses to the students as they arrived to receive their yearbooks, commencement caps, gowns and honor cords. COVID-19 may have robbed the Class of ’20 of many traditional senior year activities, but the virus didn’t diminish the Friar Spirit that was on display on an emotional day filled with love, gratitude and heartfelt wishes for future success.
Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
Brother David Migliorino greets seniors as they drive through the parking lot.
Senior Gabriella Paccione waves to well-wishers.
Brother David greets one of the many cars decorated for the occasion.
Senior Ryan Onderdonk waves to Brother David.
Many participant's cars were decorated for the event.
Senior Joseph Pagano waves to Brother David.
Senior Gina Marie Occhipinti "smiles" with her eyes.
A heavenly message for the seniors.
Senior Victoria Mule waves.
School administrators, faculty and staff cheer, wave, hold signs and ring cowbells as the senior motorcade drives past.
Senior Kamryn Paccione wipes away a tear.
A senior uses a cellphone to record the festivities.
Senior Kyle Muirhead enjoys the festivities.
Senior Kayli Parham waves to well-wishers.
Senior Alyssa Merk checks out the scene through her car window.
A poster of senior Giovanna Vigorito hangs from the side of her car.
Senior Victor Meschi is greeted by Brother David.
Senior Emersen Russell is congratulated by Brother David.
Colleen Steponaitis, left, and Annie Snyder, of the registrar/scheduling office, wave.
Senior Fallon Panzanella waves to well-wishers.
A final word for the seniors as they leave the parking lot.