The Winton Woods’ community has a special way of showing Warrior graduates that it is proud of their accomplishments. During graduation week, a sea of blue and green ribbons have appeared on the fence on Winton Road near the high school for over 25 years. This year was no different, thanks to Forest Park resident and Ribbon Committee organizer Rogie Vollmar and her group of dedicated volunteers. Over the two decades, they have worked hard to celebrate our Warriors with this special tradition. “We want to let the students know, we, the community, are very proud of them as well,” said Vollmar. “I have had Warrior alum come up to me to share how they still have their ribbon and upcoming graduates who are looking forward to receiving theirs. It means a lot to them and us.”
The tradition began when Greenhills and Forest Park High Schools merged in 1992 to become Winton Woods High School. “We thought about what we could do to welcome the new graduates, and decided a display of ribbons would be a positive contribution so that others could see this neat new tradition we challenged ourselves to keep up over the years. This is a community effort.” Contributors to the graduate ribbons include people in the school community and school businesses. “This is not moms and dads, PTA members or teachers. This is the members of the community saying,‘We see you and are so proud of you!’”
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods High School ribbons with the Class of 2020 names displayed on a fence on Winton Road near the high school. Photo by Drew Jackson.