On Monday evening in the final meeting of a selection panel made up of teachers and administrators, Hannah O’Connor was chosen as the student speaker for the BHS graduation ceremony now scheduled for Sunday, July 19th.
Months ago members of the class of 2020 were advised that a student speaker would be selected and all who were eligible to graduate were eligible to be considered. Those who were interested in the opportunity to speak were required to submit a speech 3 to 5 minutes in length by the end of April to a review panel which included the English Program Administrator, the class advisors, assistant principals, and the teacher who would be speaking (Mr. Morrissey). Candidates were also required to present the speech to the panel.
Principal Heather Galante said, “It was a very challenging process and all of the students were so deserving.”
O’Connor, who is headed to Macalester College in the fall, said: “I feel very honored to be this year’s student speaker for the Class of 2020’s graduation. It has been a long road getting here, especially these last few months, and I am even more proud to be a part of this class because of that. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!”
O’Connor chose Macalaster because of her passion for social justice issues and potential interest in a career in human rights advocacy and immigration law. “I want to be part of the solution,” she said.
Hannah O’Connor has been a frequent contributor to The Bedford Citizen writing under our Student Voices @ The Bedford Citizen banner.