Pocono Raceway hosts Notre Dame class of 2020 high school graduation

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LONG POND, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Some local high school seniors crossed the finish line in more ways than one today during their graduation ceremony at Pocono Raceway.

These are not your typical race cars. In fact, they’re not even race cars. They belong to the families of seniors from Notre Dame Junior Senior High School. The high school seniors celebrated their graduation at the Pocono Raceway on Saturday.

“It’s only a feeling I can experience, it’s hard to describe. But this was definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Nicole Siciliano, a senior at Notre Dame Junior Senior High School.

Students, in their cars following social distancing guidelines, listened to speeches from their peers, faculty and Bishop Joseph Bambera.

They then lined their cars up to pick up their diplomas and took a victory lap around the race track—honking and cheering as they crossed the finish line.

51 students graduated on Saturday. Some tell Eyewitness News this might be a better way to graduate than walking across the stage.

“I thought this was almost cooler in a way you know? Of course we’d wanna have a normal graduation but you know not many people can say they’ve had a graduation like this,” said Noah Strauch, a senior at Notre Dame Junior Senior High School.

Jeffrey Lyons, the principal of Notre Dame Junior Senior High School, says this wasn’t the graduation they had planned but he hopes his students learned a valuable lesson.

“You have to roll with the punches and take advantage of what’s given to you. And the bishop’s words of ‘don’t look at it as only a negative, but look at it as a positive – time you spend with your family,'” said Lyons.

Lyons says he hopes the students will be able to return to the school this summer to say a proper goodbye.

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