BRUNO — The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a lot away from Bruno Central School’s graduating class of 2020, but has also given opportunities to learn so much, said the class’ valedictorian.
“We have learned to appreciate everything and everyone around us, said Kennedy White. “Life is more important than worrying about where we need to run to and what possessions we have. We have learned to stop and take in our surroundings.”
White said the class has learned that using teamwork, they can do great things; they’ve learned to be flexible and adaptable; empathetic; and the importance of family and friends.
“Class of 2020, always remember to hold your family close, help anyone who is in need,” White said during a speech given outside the St. Bruno Parish to an audience inside their vehicles. “Take time to appreciate the little things, never give up on your dreams. Cherish everything that is around you.”
Bruno Central’s graduation ceremony was held June 26, to a private audience inside the St. Bruno Parish. After that, there were speeches given outside in the parking lot before the graduates were paraded around town. The grads then had a small procession at Pioneer Park.
“It was different, but it was a blast,” White said. “We're very honored that we were able to have a grad. It was so much fun.”
White said the graduating class is close with each other.
“We're a family. We've been together since we were little,” she said. “We're all parting different ways as a family.”
Kayla Koob, another one of the graduates, gave a tribute to the class’ parents.
“Today, more than any other day, we thank you for always pushing us to be the best and expect the best supporting us and teaching us to support others, and for guiding us through this crazy thing called life.”