The Bowie Class of 2020 took their home field Saturday night, together for the last time, to officially receive their diplomas and close this year’s EPISD Graduation Season after six days of socially-distant ceremonies.
The graduating class of 294, earning nearly $100,000 in scholarships, was led by valedictorian Elijah Prieto and salutatorian Pricilla Merez. Both spoke along with All Bowie Girl Alejandra Lopez, All Bowie Boy Justin Diaz and class president Karanth Reyes. The students’ words captured the heart of their class motto, “Oso, oh so unforgettable.”
“Let this not be the last time to step on Bowie grounds, never forget where you come from,” Lopez said. “I wish you all the best and just know that where ever life takes you, you are a Bowie Bear. I believe in each one of you here today and I’m very proud of our entire unforgettable class.”
Others focused on high-school memories and friendships forged at Bowie.
“I’m torn between an overwhelming feeling of joy and equally feeling of sadness great excitement fills my heart, that we all finally graduating and ready to begin the next chapter of our lives,” Prieto said. “At the same time, a void is being left and great pain ache my soul reminiscing fun memories we have created – the laughs we shared, the tears we shed and the friendships we created. It leads me to ask if I will ever have these same connections again.”
Before the class officially turned their tassels, Reyes left his classmates an uplifting message:
“For showing determination and positivity during one of the most difficult historical events in the generation. Just know that the world is amazing, loving and beautiful and it is waiting for us with open arms. No matter which road you choose, no matter how long it may seem, let your heart be your guide along the way, if you want to fulfill your dreams.”