Despite the many challenges that we faced due to the covid 19 pandemic, the class of 2020 graduation ceremonies and senior recognition were a success. This had a lot do with the combined efforts and support of our school staff and community.
We held a series of graduation ceremonies over the course of four days starting Wednesday, May 20 and going through Saturday, May 23. Even though things were different, we were able to continue some of our most important traditions. Most importantly, it meant a lot that we were able to still include families in this once in a lifetime event. This year we added something new. Students were able to pick a staff member who had made a difference in their school career to present their diplomas.
We concluded our graduation ceremonies with a community event on Sunday, May 24. This was a chance to bring all of the graduates together while allowing our community to show support. Graduates and family members assembled on the Crestview campus for a celebratory parade. Crestview staff gathered in front of their respective buildings while families and community members gathered along the parade route. The parade started at the elementary school and then passed by the middle school and high school. The seniors then took a “victory lap” driving through Shenandoah and Olivesburg.
Leading up to the graduation ceremonies and parade we were able to recognize our seniors in other ways. The Crestview Parents Club provided yard signs for each student in the class of 2020. Yard signs were delivered to each students’ home by Crestview teachers and staff. We also made gift bags for each student. This project was led by the Crestview High School office staff. Gift bags were also delivered by Crestview teachers and staff.
We would like to thank the following for all of your help with the class of 2020 graduation ceremonies and senior recognition: the board of education, superintendent, Mr. Dunlap, the Crestview High School teaching staff, our Crestview coaches, the Crestview High School office staff, the Crestview Parents Club, the Crestview custodial and maintenance staff, the Crestview Music department, Troy Magers with Yourstar Photography, Tiff Roberts, Gabe Plank with Dynamic Audio Productions, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, School Resource Officer, Les Horner, the Richland County Health department, the Crestview after prom committee, Faith United Methodist Church, the Shenandoah General Store, the Olivesburg General Store, all of our senior parents, community members, our senior class advisors, and our senior class officers.
We will be mailing all of the graduates of the class of 2020 photos from graduation along with DVD including graduation and the senior slideshow. Photos were taken by Troy Magers of Yourstar Photography. Video was recorded and edited by Gabe Plank of Dynamic Audio Productions. Students who were part of the SAIL (top 20) awards ceremony will also receive copies of the video and photos that were taken by Tiff Roberts. We will be mailing the photos and DVDs the week of June 15.
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On Friday, November 9 we honored men and women who have served in all branches of the United States military at our annual Veterans Day assembly. This special day began with a breakfast, followed by a prelude of music conducted by Crestview High School band director, Hannah Phillips. The choir, directed by Trevor Garrabrant performed a medley of each military branch’s service song with a musical selection performed by the choir. An original poem titled "Unbreakable" was read by David Reese. United States Marine Corp, Staff Sergeant Robert A. North shared about his experiences in the military and presented a thought provoking message. The Veteran’s Day assembly concluded with a presentation by Rusty Radcliffe. Mr. Radcliffe shared his experiences as a chaperone on the Honor Bus trip. The Honor Bus was a trip which provided veterans from the Ashland area a chance to visit many of the monuments in Washington D.C. Four students from Crestview High School also went on the Honor Bus trip with the purpose of assisting the veterans.
The 7th annual Thanksgiving meal was held on Tuesday, November 20 for students, staff, and senior citizens. Staff and community were able to share a meal and fellowship together. At the same time, we were able to give back to our community. Enough food was donated and prepared so that we could bring delicious meals to a number of community and faith based organizations. These meals were personally delivered by staff and students from our school.
On Friday, November 10th we honored men and women who have served in all branches of the United States military on our annual Veteran’s community outreach day. This special day began with a breakfast, and meet and greet session where veterans and their families met with various groups of students.
Avery Goon, Paige Thomas, Devin Darr, and Max Warner who volunteered to serve veterans on the Honor Bus trip and tour were one of those groups. The Honor Bus trip is a program that provides transportation to Washington DC and amenities for veterans while touring historical landmarks and monuments. The Veterans day assembly also included a prelude of music conducted by Crestview High School band director, Hannah Wolf, and a musical selection performed by the choir, directed by Trevor Garrabrant and the reading of an original poem titled, “Strangers on the Sidewalk,” which was written by Jeff Vanderpool. Crestview graduate, Jared Smith, and United States Army veteran, shared his experiences and provided a reflective message. Jared currently works for the Veterans Commission of Ohio.
The 8th annual Thanksgiving meal was held on Tuesday, November 26th for students, staff, and senior citizens. Staff and community were able to share a meal and fellowship together. At the same time, we were able to give back to our community. Enough food was donated and prepared so that we could bring delicious meals to a number of community and faith based organizations. These meals were personally delivered by staff and students from our school. We want to say thank you to our students, parents, staff, faith based organizations, and community donors who helped make this event possible. A special thank you goes out to our food service staff who worked with Gordon Food Service who donated products valued around $1,183 for our Thanksgiving Dinner! We were blessed and have been able to bless others.