Andover High isn't going to let seniors graduate unnoticed.
Last Tuesday, more than 70 faculty, staff and administrators hand-delivered caps, gowns and lawn signs to every one of them.
Each lawn sign was custom designed to feature the student’s name and senior portrait.
One of those doing he deliveries was Alan Hibino, a math teacher who also coaches the girls’ varsity basketball and tennis teams.
Hibino, who is a graduate of Andover High, said he wanted to do everything he could to acknowledge the students he’s seen grow over the years.
“I have about a hundred seniors in my classes and the girls that I coach and we are obviously all very bummed out that we couldn’t do this in person,” Hibino said.
Leah Parrott, 18, whose regalia was delivered to her home by health teacher Betsy Defosse, said she was excited for the delivery.
“I feel so lucky and loved by the community and everything,” Parrott said.
She plans either to attend NYU in the fall, or to take a gap year before pursuing a political career.
She said this event spiced up her quarantined life.
“Last night I was like, 'Why am I so much happier than on a usual quarantine night?'" she said. "I think it’s because I had something to look forward to the next day.”
She added, “It made me feel less alone, which sounds cliché now because we are all kind of alone.”