PRESS PHOTO BY ED COURRIERFlanked by Charter Arts administrators, graduating seniors celebrate a visit by the “Park and Circumstance” bus at Bucky Boyle Park in Allentown. From left, Assistant Principal MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, Principal Carise Comstock, grads Talyscha Rivera, Julianne Tyler, Madison Stallard, Payton Linn, Briana Perez and Kara White and Assistant Principal Lauren Sheldon. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
From left, dad Michael Gill, grad Meara Gill, sister Michaela Plesh and mom Melissa Plesh, of Emmaus, are photographed. Meara Gill plans to be a theater education major at the University of North Carolina. Her sibling attends Lower Macungie Middle School. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Flanked by his parents and grandparents, for graduate Jayden Haller, of Alburtis, “the future’s so bright,” he’s “gotta wear shades,” like the Timbuk 3 hit. Jayden Haller will pursue auto mechanics at Northampton Community College. From left, parents Kourtnie Faust-Mumma and Matthew Mumma, Jayden Haller and Karen and Kenneth Faust. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
The Fenstermachers, of Center Valley, celebrate “Park and Circumstance” at the tour’s stop at Emmaus Community Park June 8. From left, sister Sarah, graduating senior Hannah and parents Christine and Joseph are photographed. Hannah Fenstermacher will study dance at Ohio State University. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERAt center, Jonathon Krippe, of Emmuas, plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh, but hasn’t declared a major. Pictured from left, are his mom Michele and dad James Krippe. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
At right, Charter Arts graduating senior Talyscha Rivera frames a moment in time with her mom Yeivlys Juarbe at Bucky Boyle Park. The east Allentown resident is bound for East Stroudsburg University to study digital media and technology. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Flanked by her aunt and mom, Charter Arts grad Kara White says she’s, “not sure yet,” on which major to pursue at Skidmore College in Saratoga, N.Y. Pictured left to right are: Erin Fleckenstein, Kara and her mom Krista White. The White family resides in Allentown near Salisbury Township. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
From left, dad Robert Hnat, grad Julianne Tyler, of Salisbury Township, brother Joshua Nickisher and mom Jennifer Nickisher are photographed. Julianne Tyler will study marketing and psychology at Thomas Jefferson University. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
‘Park and Circumstance’ goes on the road
With the social distancing aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting all spring 2020 school activities, including musicals, proms and commencement, area graduating classes have born the brunt of it. Administrators of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) decided to help their high school seniors and their families celebrate their educational milestone with a June 8 “Park and Circumstance” bus tour.
“We wanted to go out of our way to celebrate everything that they have done throughout their four years at Charter Arts,” Executive Director Diane LaBelle said.
Teachers and members of the administration boarded the school bus to travel around the Lehigh Valley. The bus and its cargo of festive balloons made stopovers at eight community parks before returning to Bethlehem. Seniors had been invited to attend at a destination that was close to their residence. Tour stops included Emmaus Community Park, Quakertown Municipal Pool, Allentown’s Cedar Beach Park and Bucky Boyle Park, Saylor Park in Coplay, Danielsville Park, Jacobsburg Park Educational Center and Easton’s Forks Community Park.
At each “Park and Circumstance” event, Charter Arts graduates in their caps and gowns gathered for group and family photos and words of praise from the educators. CDC social distancing guidelines were followed. Each grad was gifted a customized personal photo tribute collage featuring quotes and post-graduate destinations.
A commencement ceremony is planned for the end of July.