Celebrating the Class of 2021: Several Festivities Planned for Chief Grads


Nonnewaug seniors have a lot to look forward to over the next few weeks. A graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 will be held on Saturday, June 19th. Similar to graduations in previous years, as pictured above, this year’s ceremony will be full-attendance, in-person on the Nonnewaug campus.

Mitchell Brooks, General Assignment Reporter

WOODBURY — “This Class of 2021 is amazing – it overcame such unusual circumstances. Nonnewaug seniors were so patient and understanding of the pandemic situation, although frustrating at times. What really resonated with me was the strong desire to get back to school when we were remote and to stay in school when we were in-person. This speaks to the power of relationships,” said Nonnewaug High School Principal Pamela Sordi. 

Now that the school year is coming to an end, Nonnewaug is giving the seniors a chance to celebrate those powerful relationships created. 

On June 11, the Senior Class will visit Six Flags New England. Every year, a senior trip has been organized, with prior trips taking place at Six Flags New England. 

There will be a Yearbook Senior Signing Party on June 17, right after graduation rehearsal from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Books and pens will be distributed at the front lobby/entrance of NHS. If weather cooperates, students can sign around the rotary. Yearbooks will also be for sale this day for $90; cash or checks made out to Region 14 are accepted. 

June 19 is graduation day, with a rain date of June 20. Each student will be given four tickets to the event, which will be hosted in the front of the school on the Nonnewaug campus. With each student allowed four guests, it will allow the class of 2021 to have a full-attendance in-person graduation ceremony. 

GradNite, a fun and safe graduation-night celebration, is most likely taking place at Danbury’s Thrillz after the graduation ceremony on June 19th. 

According to the Thrillz official website: “Thrillz High Flying Adventure Park in Danbury, Connecticut is the world’s first indoor wipeout-style action adventure park. Featuring harness-free adrenaline pumping obstacles including 70ft zip lines, ninja courses, trampoline launch pads, rock climbing walls, and fan favorites giant spinning sweeper and epic rolling log obstacles where half the fun is watching your friends fall safely onto giant airbags. Other attractions include next generation laser tag, rotating virtual reality roller coaster ride, redemption arcade, and even axe throwing.” Raffles for prizes, beverages, food, and other activities are usually included in the GradNite committee’s plans.

“High school graduation is a milestone in a person’s life.  It ends one experience – 13 years of education – and begins a new journey for each student. The journey ahead is exciting and for each student will be a unique path traveled. Graduation also gives family and community members an opportunity to gather and celebrate the accomplishments of people they care so much about,” said Sordi.    

She added, “Nonnewaug High School is, in and of itself, its own family. This is a time we will never forget, and this is a class we will never forget. We love the Class of 2021!”