Montclair High School’s Class of 2019 graduated Wednesday, continuing the tradition of cross the bridge at the amphitheatre.
Student Coalition President Mark Testa, who gave the welcoming remarks, recalled the challenges the 2018-19 school year, saying “we made it despite every obstacle in our way. What we have learned is the value of change and the ability to adapt and overcome.”
Anthony Grosso, at his first commencement as Principal of Montclair High School, addressed his first class of graduates.
“Your time has come to an end at MHS but this is the beginning of something new, the beginning of what you’re meant to do and who you’re meant to be,” Grosso said.
Departing from a traditional guest speaker, graduating senior Kimoni DePass was honored instead, giving a commencement address to her fellow students.
DePass has been active in many issues affecting MHS students, including the push to get an official NJ Transit bus stop at the high school.
“Coming from humble beginnings, means I had to work twice as hard and that sometimes you have to put your pride aside,” DePass said. “Your biggest advocate is you.”
DePass shared highlights and memories of her years at MHS including the student walkout for March for Our Lives and of course, the hardship of a “a year with no stairs.”