Graduates of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts march in a procession to their early 2021 exercises which were held at the Pawtucket School Amphitheater last Thursday. Alumni included, row one from left, Josie Stinson and Michael Mercado. In the second row are Devonte Ayala and Jailyn Aiken. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

PAWTUCKET – The class of 2021 at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts has lost so much, from junior and senior prom to musicals, dances, special events and daily rituals, said principal Ricardo Pimentel during the school’s opening ceremonies on June 10, but its members prevailed and the school was successful.

“With persistence and dedication, you can accomplish anything,” he said. “Enough of ‘woe to me.’ The door to your future has just opened. Take the trials and tribulations of this past year and use them for good. Use it as a force to achieve your goals. Use it as an ambition to be successful. Use him as a character creator to make you a better person.

Let the trials of this past year shape you into a better person, said Pimentel, who described the direct vision he had for how this class has excelled for four years, including the great music they have created. , the beautiful murals taken in the acting method, and the right way to make a crease.

“It was truly an inspiration to be a part of your journey in high school,” he said.

Promotion Major Jillian Nash said no one could have known that a random day in mid-March would be their last together in a long time, that their last days of high school being the “big dogs” on campus would be. rather spent home alone.

“To be perfectly frank, it was horrible,” she said of the experiences of the past year, but she chose to hope and hope.

“Instead of dwelling on what could have been, I took quarantine to appreciate what we have,” she said. “We have teachers who care about us and our education. We have friends, whether they are close or just someone who is smiling at you as they walk down the hall. We got together and I think this terrible year has brought us even closer than before. We have a school that has allowed us to explore our arts and provided us with the support we need to pursue them.

As Hank Green put it, “disasters happen all at once,” she said, and “successes happen slowly and gradually and they are interrupted by disasters, but they continue in spite of themselves.” .

Salvationatorian Rebecca DeVivo thanked the staff for putting so much work into her high school career and her parents for being there every step of the way. She explained that each student walked the halls of the school to get to the next class, but this year they were doing it for much more than that, to get to the final stage of graduation.

“Now today we’re all going to walk through the stage with a specific goal so that we can grab a big piece of paper, shake hands and move an acorn to the other side,” she said.

Graduates, their family members and friends stand up to sing the national anthem at the opening of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts last Thursday.

JMW graduates show off their creativity by decorating their caps for their graduation ceremony last Thursday.