WESTFIELD, NJ — With COVID-19 forcing Westfield High School seniors to deal with unprecedented challenges, the WHS PTSO is spotlighting the graduates in a digital photo display in downtown Westfield.

The video slideshow is in the window panels of the historic Arcanum Hall, with two montages of senior portraits, a slideshow of seniors at school events, and a countdown clock to graduation. The display will play every night until June 23 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will restart every 50 minutes.

“I think it’s just fun for the senior class — a reason to gather with their friends to view it and have something special that no other class has had before,” said Carolyn Miller, an advisor to the PTSO board and an organizer behind the project.

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Miller worked alongside PTSO Vice President Liz Mulholland to coordinate the slideshow. Normandy Studios, Varsity Vantage, club advisors, coaches of sports teams and other sources provided photos for the various montages. Sam Korkmaz of Indigo Art Studio organized the technical projection.

With a referral from Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, the PTSO reached out to Indigo Art Studio to arrange the technical side of the project. Throughout the past years, the Indigo Art Studio has organized other media works within Westfield.

The project began about a month ago and required coordinating projectors, computer screens, animations and editing, according to Korkmaz.

“We’re very happy that it came out like this and that it looks so good,” said Korkmaz

The PTSO is also honoring the WHS Class of 2020 with a banner of senior portraits in front of the high school and graduation banners in downtown. They are also planning a senior prom on Aug. 1 at Shackamaxon Country Club.

Shreya Jyotishi is a sophomore at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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