The 28th Annual Rose Ceremony Sleepy hollow high school

When Sleepy Hollow High School seniors and Morse first-graders crossed the stage, the audience reminisced about the past and looked to the future.

The Class of 2019 and the Class of 2030 met for the second time this year at the 28th Annual Rose Ceremony. On May 23, the younger students presented the seniors with a rose to say goodbye and wish them luck. Just a few months ago, the high school students welcomed the younger horsemen with a rose.

SHHS Principal Dr. Tracy Smith told the first-grade students, “This is a very important day, to bid the seniors farewell and wish them much success as they begin the next chapter of their lives.” To the graduating seniors, “I am proud of all of your accomplishments. Let me be the first to congratulate the Class of 2019 and the Class of 2030.”

Student Body Co-Vice President Molly Greenholz and Senior Class President Julian Stoll spoke fondly of their days at Sleepy, shared memories of their senior year, and thanked their class advisors for their support.

“As we depart on our new life adventures, whether it is college, the armed forces or the world of employment, we will always remember Sleepy Hollow High School,” said Stoll. “This community is filled with all types of people and different cultures to influence us to become confident, and unique, and involved with diversity that you can’t find anywhere else.”

Greenholz called the class of 2019 and its teachers a second family. “The relationships that we have with everyone are ones that we will cherish forever. We have become so close as a class, we have formed an unbreakable bond that we will share with each other for many years.”

A touching moment that drew tears occurred as the first-graders presented the gift of song to the seniors.

Students shared many a smile, hug and high five on the stage.

The affection these students hold for Sleepy Hollow runs deep. Senior Antonio Soriano brought the T-shirt he wore as a first-grader at his first Rose Ceremony with him and explained why Sleepy Hollow is so dear to him. “The atmosphere and how everyone gets along.” What is he going to miss? He said, "Everything.”

Parent Roger Billharz proudly watched his daughter Kelly and remembered when she walked in the first-graders shoes. “I feel like crying. I never thought it would come to this.“

A day filled with emotions, dreams and promise!

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and the Class of 2030.

Photos by: Susan Rossi; Edited by: Grace Noone #roseceremony2019

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