You are the Class of 2020

With thanks to BHS Principal Heather Galante and Assistant Principals Tom Casey and Dan Hudder for writing, and then sharing, their very current and altogether memorable Principal’s Address.

Hats Off To Karen Santos ~ Faculty Advisor for the 2020 BHS Yearbook that Captured a Very Unusual Year

When life as we knew it ended back in March, Karen Santos was just starting the busiest time of her school year as faculty advisor for the Bedford High School yearbook, The Buccaneer.  Suddenly, the school was closed, and shortly afterward she received word from Susan Happel, agent and colleague, representing the Herff-Jones Printing Company which publishes the BHS yearbook, that production had been stopped.  Some advisors might have thrown in the towel in the face of all that uncertainty and simply said “no book this year.”  Santos had no such thoughts.

Celebrating the Class of 2020 ~ The Citizen’s Special Tribute Edition

Today in the virtual pages of The Bedford Citizen we bring you our first-ever Special Tribute Edition dedicated to all of Bedford’s high school seniors. Whether you attended Bedford High School, Shawsheen Tech, or an independent high school we salute your achievements and your resilience in this very unusual year.

Click this link in the actual story to read The Bedford Citizen’s Tribute to the Class of 2020. After graduation The Citizen will offer this special edition in PDF format,
so it can be printed and saved alongside your yearbook and other mementos.

I know there was a lot surrounding graduation that didn’t happen this year…but we are struck by the creative and innovative ways that so much did happen…and may even happen yet. Virtual awards are not as much fun as the in-person events, but our kids got recognized. While photos of friends in caps and gowns are not as wonderful as photos together in caps and gowns, hundreds of pictures and videos are being shared through The Citizen. Yard signs dot our local landscape…and for the first time were hand-delivered by BHS principal Heather Galante and teacher Charlie Humphrey. Cap-and-gown pick-up was transformed into a mini-parade which made a socially distanced attempt to allow students and teachers to see one another one last time.

To the Class of 2020: We’ve brought all of this and more together into a single edition of The Bedford Citizen. This edition captures the ways in which parents, teachers, administrators, town officials and employees, and Bedford at-large came together in the Year of the Pandemic to ensure that your graduation would be recognized and remembered as the important milestone it is…Covid-19 be damned!

A huge thank-you and shout-out to the many hands that brought this special edition to life: Heather Galante; Andy Pigeon; Charlie Humprey; Patrick Morrissey; Jonathan Pierre; Keith Mangan; Karen Santos; the 2020 BHS Senior Parents Committee; Jeff Hoyland; Rep. Ken Gordon; and all those who generously shared their videos and photographs with us.

The Bedford Citizen’s Tribute to the Class of 2020 was coordinated by Ginni Spencer with help from Gene Kalb, Meredith McCulloch, Mike Rosenberg, Jordan Stewart, and Julie Turner.

Mr. Felker’s Salute to the BHS Class of 2020 ~ The Gallant Buccaneers

The expressions of support for Bedford’s high school graduates have been heartfelt and creative, reflecting the entire town’s desire to ensure that this milestone does not get lost to the harsh realities of a pandemic. Teacher Jim Felker’s contribution is a shining addition to this list — an original song entitled “The Gallant Buccaneers.

Felker is Band Director at Bedford High School and teaches world drumming and music production.  He has taught in Bedford for 20 years.  He is also a career musician who says he has written many songs…but composing this one was a special experience.

Recognizing Bedford Students in the Class of 2020 at Shawsheen Tech

Like countless seniors around the nation, Shawsheen Tech’s Class of 2020 has a distinctly unique Senior Year. This year’s graduating class includes 5 students from Bedford.

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Andy Pidgeon for helping The Bedford Citizen to recognize these students for their hard work and determination during their time at Shawsheen Tech. Shawsheen’s graduation ceremony is set for three evenings — June 16, 17, and 18 pending approval of the Billerica Board of Health. Final details will be released as soon as they are available.

Messages for the Class of 2020 ~ Thinking of You Today

Early in 2019, the Bedford School Department set  Graduation for the Class of 2020 on Thursday, June 4.

The last day of in-person classes was  Thursday, March 12, before Covid-19 and a mandated stay-at-home order turned the world on its ear. Classes switched to online learning, and the rest is history.

To honor Thursday, June 4, this story is posting just after 6 pm on 6/4/2020. Superintendent Sills, Principal Galante, METCO Director Mondesir, and School Committee Chair Santiago have checked in with messages to you, the BHS Class of 2020.

EXTRA! EXTRA! The Bedford Citizen Announces Special Tribute Edition Dedicated to ALL BEDFORD SENIORS!

The Bedford Citizen is pleased to announce that it is preparing its first-ever special edition which will be dedicated exclusively to local young people graduating from high school this year. This issue will be published on or about June 8th and will be chock full of written content, photos, and videos for and about them.

Can you help us by sharing photos of students taken over the course of this year and most importantly taken during the time leading up to what-would-have-been-graduation?  Our goal is to create a keepsake edition for seniors and their families capturing this very unique commencement year.  (We are particularly interested in cap-and-gown photos but you are not limited to that.)

Please note: The Citizen wishes to honor ALL of Bedford’s high school graduates, not just those graduating from BHS. If your senior attended Shawsheen Valley Technical High School or an independent high school outside of Bedford we would like to honor them as well.

Photos may be submitted to editor@thebedfordcitizen.org.  Please include names, dates, and the high school from which your senior is graduating if other than Bedford High School.

The 55th Annual CSF of Bedford Awards ~ 2020

The platform was Zoom, and the checks were mailed, but the Bedford Chapter  of Dollars for Scholars hosted its 55th annual awards presentation on a YouTube video released on Friday afternoon.

The names of the awardees are listed in alphabetical order, along with their probable college destination, and the scholarship(s) each received.

The designation Dollars for Scholars refers to awards underwritten by donations to the annual Phono-a-Thon held in March each year.

All of the recipients are Bedford residents, and most are Seniors at Bedford High School although the program is open to all students graduating with the Class of 2020.