May 1 is traditionally College Decision Day, when high school seniors across the nation commit to their chosen college. At Wyoming High School, seniors have traditionally worn t-shirts to school on May 1 to announce their choices. But 2020 has been a year of upended traditions.
The PAC reps for the WHS senior class wanted to keep the celebratory day, even as students have been completing their school year remotely and many colleges actually have delayed the May 1 deadline to June 1. Senior students and their parents were encouraged to celebrate “2020 and Beyond” and announce their plans to pursue college, the military, job training, or a gap year through yard signs and porch decorations displayed on May 1. School administrators also surprised each senior with a special sign. Family and friends were invited honk as they drove by to honor their special senior.
Christy Brown, parent of senior Tori Brown (who will attend Florida Atlantic University in the fall), was thrilled to be able to share her daughter’s plans.
“We were excited to help Tori announce her college decision since she’s been waiting until May 1 to tell people. Doing it with a yard display was fun for all of us, and this actually brought the Wyoming community together to celebrate the seniors even more than in the past when it was done in school. Cars were driving by and honking when they passed our house!”
Many displays are still in place for public view. Families can have some fun while showing support for the students by dropping off a card or hand-painted rock in the yard, leaving a chalk drawing as a sidewalk greeting, or just by honking. Congratulatory Instagram messages are also encouraged at: #wyoclass2020.