NORWOOD — Superintendent David Thomson and Principal Hugh Galligan are pleased to announce the graduation of 243 students from Norwood High School.
On Sunday, June 6, a graduation ceremony was held outdoors on H. Bennett Murray Field at Norwood High School. Graduates were allowed six guests each and households sat socially-distanced in the stands or in pods on the field.
“Congratulations to the Class of 2021,” said Superintendent Thomson. “This has been quite the year, but our seniors have shown that they can accomplish anything even amid hardships. I am so proud of all their achievements and wish them well as they begin their next chapters.”
The ceremony included a welcome address, a speech from the valedictorian and concluded with the conferring of diplomas.
The Class of 2021 Valedictorian is Venkata Dasuri. Dasuri plans to attend Penn State University in the fall to study neuroscience on a pre-medical track.
“Remember that someday, every single one of us will have a chance to change the world. When it comes, remember that you can help make the real world a little more idealistic and accomplish your dreams,” Dasuri said during the ceremony. “When that happens, remember all of us and know you have the support of the community behind you. Go forward without fear, and go Mustangs!”
During the ceremony, students were also presented with a Challenge Coin that represents the leadership, courage and unity that the class displayed during the pandemic.
“There is a long-standing tradition in the military to celebrate bravery, achievement and acts of selflessness through the presentation of a Challenge Coin. The Challenge Coin is specially designed, unique to the organization and symbolizes dedication to and camaraderie among its members,” Principal Galligan said during the ceremony. “Today, we present to you the 2021 Norwood High School Challenge Coin. The leadership you have displayed, the bond you have forged and the courage you have shown have earned each and every one of you the right to carry this coin. It is our hope that this coin will serve as a reminder of your four amazing years on the hill.”
In addition to graduation, students had the opportunity to attend other senior-year activities, including prom; Style on the Hill, which is a prom-related fashion event; Class Day and the Elementary School Walk.