Honk Out Honors Class of 2020
Traditionally, at the end of each year, the senior class participates in its final assembly at CCDS. At the end of that assembly, the seniors exit Keeler Theater in spirit wear from the college they will attend in the fall. They proceed to walk through the halls of the school and into Pattison Courtyard as they are Clapped Out by the entire student body.
This year, with school operating remotely for the remainder of the year, the Clap Out celebration was not possible. But leave it to the ingenuity of parents, faculty, staff and administration to come up with a fitting way to celebrate the great Class of 2020.
Led by parent Laurie Ashwell and parents on the senior surprise committee, the Parents' Association, US Head Jenn Weinheimer, and Upper School faculty and staff, and Head of School Tony Jaccaci, the Honk Out was born. Following guidelines set forth by the governor and maintaining proper social distancing, seniors and their families decorated their vehicles depicting the college each senior will be attending in the fall and then proceeded in a parade through the Country Day Campus while being honked out by Upper School Faculty and Staff (who also were in cars, parked along both sides of the parade route and maintaining not only personal social distancing norms – but vehicular social distancing norms as well – an empty spot between each car).
In the middle of the parade, each student vehicle was called to the front of the Upper School lane where their name was announced on a loud speaker, and "Home of a Country Day Graduate" yard signs, locker magnet materials (another Country Day tradition), and other items were placed in their trunk. As the vehicles left the front of the school, they drove through the lower parking lot where faculty and staff honked them out – along with waves and some hooting and hollering.
Congratulations to the graduating seniors, their families, and the entire Country Day community for making the Honk Out a day the seniors will always remember.