Watertown High Seniors Cruise in Style for Saturday’s Rolling Rally

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A Watertown High school senior pops stood out to get a good view during the start of Saturday’s Class of 2020 Rolling Rally.

Dozens of vehicles paraded around town Saturday all decked out with balloons, streamers and signs congratulating Watertown High School’s Class of 2020.

The first-of-its-kind in Watertown rolling rally was one of the ways that the school celebrated the seniors in a year when so many other events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The seniors are trying to make the best of a very unusual situation.

WHS Senior Maddie Poplawski was one first in line for the Rolling Rally celebrating the Class of 2020.

WHS senior Maddie Poplawski, who was first in line at the starting point on Grove Street, said it was nice to have something for the graduating class.

“It’s something. We couldn’t really have things like prom or graduation,” Poplawski said.

On June 20, the seniors will don their caps and gowns at a drive-through graduation ceremony at Victory Field. Each graduate will have to drive up with their family, hop out and get their diploma and snap a photo before getting back in the car and drive away. The speeches will be recorded and available online.

Watertown High seniors and their families decorate cars before the beginning of the Rolling Rally.

Class of 2020 member Alek Kebabjian said there are some advantages the rolling rally has over a traditional graduation ceremony.

“I kind of like it a little better (than graduation). You don’t have to sit down for one or two hours of speeches,” Kebabjian said.

A WHS senior rides in style in the back of t a pickup truck during Saturday’s Rolling Rally.

The rolling rally was one of multiple special events put on for the Class of 2020. Each family got a lawn sign to display at their homes, and every student got a spirit bag full of gift cards and goodies after the last day of class. There were also special programs for this year’s seniors such as the one recorded by Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston sports stars and Massachusetts celebrities for WGBH, and the national one recorded by former President Barack Obama.

Senior Kristen Beach said that her feelings have changed about missing graduation and other senior traditions, especially in light of recent events.

“I got upset at first, but now not so much,” Beach said. “There are more important things.”

A member of the WHS Class of 2020 gets is photo taken during the Rolling Rally, a special celebration held because the senior class missed out on other activities due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The rolling rally started near the Tufts Health Care building in the East End, and weaved around town, going past all five of Watertown’s public schools, and ending at the high school. Teachers at each of the schools came out to wave to the departing seniors.

See more photos from the Rolling Rally below:

2 thoughts on “Watertown High Seniors Cruise in Style for Saturday’s Rolling Rally

  1. ‍‍To The Class Of 2020 I wish you the best in all your endeavors ahead. I am so proud, you have all worked very hard throughout your 13 years. If I could just say each and everyone of you have a special quality. I have loved working with most of you and know all of you. Always remember who you are and always believe in yourself. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life, I am happy for all of you. Now go out into this great big world and show them what you have to offer.
    Congratulation Class Of 2020! I am sure I will see you soon.

    ❤️ Love Ms. Mary Russo

    • A big THANK YOU, to you Mrs. Russo! My daughter, Hailey, couldn’t have made it through her first couple of years of High School without YOU! You were, by far, one of her favorite teachers and she has very fond memories of you! Thank you for everything. We will never forget you.

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