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In poll, Hernando High seniors favor outdoor graduation ceremony



BROOKSVILLE — After last year’s graduation ceremony was doused by rain and cut short, Hernando High School decided to play it safe and move its ceremony to an indoor location next spring, off school grounds.

But that decision has been met with some resistance.

At a recent Hernando School Board meeting, Hernando High senior McKenzie Willis spoke against the move on behalf of a group of students and parents in attendance.

“Our memories throughout high school have been made at our school and not at Grace World Outreach Church,” Willis said at the Sept. 17 meeting. “I feel as if our final and most important memory as a Leopard should be at our school.”

Willis also said the church, located in Brooksville, would not be able to hold as many people as the school’s football stadium and that some students might not be able to have all of their family members attend.

After her speech, a small group clapped in support.

Superintendent Lori Romano commended Willis and said she would have staff look into it.

Fast-forward a couple weeks.

Over three days in late September, the school polled students about where they would like to have graduation — at Grace World or at the school’s football stadium.

Out of the 351 seniors, 28 percent chose the stadium and 18 percent chose the indoor location. The rest either didn’t participate or were undecided.

Now the question is: What will be done with this information?

The school hasn’t decided to move the graduation ceremony location or date, which has already been approved by the Hernando School Board.

“There is no final decision to change anything at the current time,” said district spokesman Roy Gordon. “We are still moving forward with looking at the ticket request numbers and won’t make a final decision to change anything until all information is taken into account.”

[Last modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 4:07pm]


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