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PCSD Celebrates 100th Graduating Class

May 21, 2021

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We are celebrating a special milestone on May 22, 2021, as the Class of 2021 is the 100th Graduating Class of the Parma City School District!

Since the first six students of the Class of 1922, four girls and two boys, PCSD has now graduated 86,187 students.

“This is an important milestone in our district’s history because it shows how long we have been here,” expressed Nancy Fedak, member and past president of the Parma High Alumni Association. “I think that it’s great that we are going into our second 100 years. We have always provided a high-quality education to students with an excellent faculty and staff, and I know we will continue to do so.”

“When you have a chance to celebrate something, why not do it especially during this pandemic year,” added Cyndee Bratz, PCSD Board Member. “Our students have lost so much because of the circumstances, so this is a little something that they can enjoy and feel special about. Just a little extra recognition during this tough year and something positive for our district.”

“It really shows our dedication in educating and serving the children of our community for this long and how we are an integral part of our community,” she further shared. “The Parma City School District offers every child the opportunity for success, achieve great things, and have bright futures.”

To commemorate this occasion, a medallion has been designed by Valley Forge High School Visual Communications Teacher Kim Weber. This medallion will be embossed on each student’s diploma of our three high schools, Normandy High School, Parma Senior High School, and Valley Forge High School. 

“The emblem is simple and dignified,” Fedak described. “Kim did an excelled job creating something that all three high schools and the district would be proud to have on the diplomas this year.”

The graduation stage will have banners that proudly display the 100th year logo as well as a sign at the main gate of Byers Field that graduates can take photos by to remember the special occasion.

“A lot of people have been instrumental in making sure this special 100th-year commemoration came to fruition,” Fedak shared.

“And everyone has been so supportive,” Bratz added. “When Nancy brought the idea forward, there were a lot of people in the district who thought this was a positive thing and was the right thing to do.” 

Both Fedak and Bratz think the best is yet to come for the Parma Schools and has some hopes for the future of the district. 

“In the next 100 years, I’d love to see an even more unified district across all three cities all working together,” Fedak expressed. “We are Parma City School District. We are one.”

“I hope Parma can be on the cutting edge of education for the children and that we can continue to provide all the services that help our children thrive and be successful,” Bratz also shared. “In the future, hopefully, we can build new state-of-the-art facilities to enhance learning opportunities for students. I also hope our communities value public schools as a cornerstone and how critical it is to have strong schools.” 

Congratulations to the more than 800 graduates in the Class of 2021 who join the great traditions and enduring legacy of Parma City Schools!