Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Graduation to Memorialize Students Killed in February Shooting

(From left to right) Joaquin Oliver talked about a career in marketing; Meadow Pollack planned to attend Lynn University in Boca Raton; Nicholas Dworet, a swimmer, dreamed of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics; Carmen Schentrup wanted to become a biomedical researcher.

Students and faculty at a Parkland, Fla., high school where 17 people were killed in a February shooting will honor victims of the attack at the school’s graduation this weekend.

CNN reports that four of the students killed in the attack – Meadow Pollack, Nicholas Dworet, Carmen Schentrup, and Joaquin Oliver – were graduating seniors who would have walked in Sunday’s ceremony.

Instead, the four will be remembered by students and staff in a ceremony that organizers told the network they hope will end on an upbeat note, despite the tragedy.

“We are going to go through the whole gamut,” Jeff Foster, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told CNN. “It’s going to be sad. We’re obviously going to look back and honor the kids that perished, but then we’re going to try to end it on an upbeat [note] by bringing someone in that’s hopefully going to lift the spirits.”

Seniors will also wear a special sash that reads “MSD Strong” to commemorate the victims. Students who spoke to CNN expressed anger for the unfinished high school careers of their slain classmates.

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SOURCE: The Hill, John Bowden