HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne High School seniors were denied a "normal" last half of their school year, thanks to coronavirus, with classes rapidly moved onto online platforms and traditional activities and ceremonies that would have been conducted in person put into virtual formats.  However, special public tributes have appeared around Hawthorne to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the graduates and the closing of their high school careers.

Signs have popped up on lawns throughout Hawthorne with the names of graduates and the Hawthorne High School athletic field has been decorated with banners carrying the names of the seniors, laid out in alternating blue and white--the colors of Hawthorne High School

Hawthorne Superintendent of Schools Richard Spirito took to social media and described the banners as, "Just the beginning of what we have planned to celebrate the Class of 2020. Special thanks to Scott Chamberlin, Jim Bertollo, Scott Verrone, Joe Butman and Jeff Vanderhook for their assistance in hanging the signs.  Also, thanks to Lisa Kowalski and Project Graduation for funding the project!"

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