Over 300 Winton Woods High School scholars received their diplomas at the 2021 Commencement ceremony held at the Cintas Center. Warrior families, staff, alumni, and students were proud to be with one another to celebrate this momentous occasion. “This graduation ceremony was different. We know it being held in person meant a lot to our families,” said Winton Woods Assistant Principal Princess Crenshaw. “It felt like another step forward in the right direction towards things becoming normal again; after a year, we all feel we overcame together.” The energy was set high for the evening as students entered the Cintas Center. Cheers that were louder and lasted longer followed for students who had reached new heights.
A duet performance was provided by two varsity ensemble students who sang to a pre-recorded video of the Varsity Ensemble choir’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s “I’ll Be There”. Winton Woods Valedictorian Nicolantonio Prentosito, Salutatorian Franck Djidjeu, and student-selected speakers Emma Smith and Elizabeth Mavridoglougave gave well-informed and inspiring speeches. Superintendent Anthony G. Smith and Winton Woods District Board of Education President Katrina Rugless gave the confirmation of graduates speech, stating all of the graduates have met all the requirements of the state of Ohio and are entitled to receive their diplomas. At the end of the ceremony, students were asked to move their tassel from the right to left signifying the completion of their high school career. “Congratulations to the Class of 2021, and we wish you the best in all of your future endeavors. Remember, once a Warrior, always a Warrior,” said Principal Eric L. Martin.
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods High School class of 2021 graduation ceremony at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Photo by Corina Denny.