MPHS senior video may not be part of graduation next year
Ryan Summerlin June 18, 2010
GRANBY – The senior-year recap video shown during the Middle Park High School graduation ceremony may be removed from the program next year.
District administrators discussed alternatives to showing the video – which for 13 minutes during the June 5 commencement featured photos from the senior river trip, Costa Rica trip, Alaska trip, baby photos of seniors and photos in memorial of classmate Tim Rau – to a captive audience during the ceremony.
Middle Park High School Principal Jane Harmon told school board members that this year’s video was edited down from the 25-minute video shown in the past.
Prompted by East Grand School Board Member Aimee Kroneberge who inquired about the sheet that was used to project the video at this year’s graduation, Harmon said a new movie screen for the new gymnasium would cost in the ballpark of $5,000, and moving the old screen from the old gym to the new gym would cost around $3,000.
Although it would mean a “break in tradition,” Harmon suggested the video would be more appropriately shown on TV screens set up for people to view while being seated prior to the ceremony; or, she suggested, the video could be shown to seniors during graduation rehearsal, with each senior receiving a copy of the video.
Board President Tom Sifers liked the idea of granting the time that would be saved by removing the senior video to the time allotted for student speeches.