Kelly Konstanty’s son AJ graduated today from Staples High School. The coronavirus robbed the Class of 2020 of the chance to celebrate together — just as it took so much else away.
To augment the “drive-through” ceremony, Kelly had an idea: a “Wall of Wishes.” She put large posters at ASF and Saugatuck Sweets, for anyone to write on; she also set up a special email address.
Best wishes poured in. Kelly collected them all. She and fellow mother-of-a-graduate Melissa Augeri hand-wrote them all on individual posters. This morning, Kelly and Staples mom Stacie Curran placed them all along the parade route, leading to the school. It was an enormous undertaking.
And an amazing sight to see.
So what do Westporters wish for our graduates? Read on!
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! – The Thaw Family
Congratulations 2020 Staples Seniors…”Always stay in a STANCE!” – Coach Goldshore
“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.” – Gever Tulley
Congratulations Staples Class of 2020 – The Sternberg Family
Restore wishes the Staples Class of 2020 a lifetime of wellness and best of luck on all of your future endeavors!
First-year principal Stafford Thomas said goodbye today to his first graduating class.
The power of grit, endurance and perseverance will take you far! – The Laskin Family
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! The Heisler family is cheering you on. Westport strong!
Congratulations on your graduation!! The Class of 2020 will always be known as the one that survived a pandemic, racial divides and witnessed a nation coming together to make this country a better place. Not only did you adapt but came out better people for it. – The Hwang Family
Way to go Class of 2020! If COVID couldn’t stop you, nothing can! Keep making us proud! – The Connors Family
Congratulations class of 2020! Your class represents strength and grace! – The Brannigan Family
Best of Luck to the Class of 2020! – The Feuer Family
Class of 2020 rocks “06880”! THANKS for all you did – – and you did it with grace, passion, pride and “class.” – Dan Woog
“On the other side of this storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sails and BEGIN!” – Gregory S. Williams
CONGRATULATIONS to the truly unique and amazing Class of 2020!! – XO – The Bowens Family
Wishing the Class of 2020 all the best. – The Iannacone Family
Congratulations Class of 2020. The best is yet to come! XO – The Augeri Family
The only way is up from here. Best of luck to all the awesome Staples graduates! Love, Sandy & Gary Mitchell (AKA Meeme & Beepee)
Congratulations to the Most Resilient Senior Class: Staples Class of 2020, deserves the Trophy of the Year!! Your Strength, Tenacity and Flexibility will carry you through any challenges you meet as you continue your journey through Life!! Stay strong with the wisdom to support Truth & Kindness when needed!! Tipping a Glass of Cheers and Smiles to and for all of you!! – The Pink House Lady
Congratulations Class of 2020! – Fran Smith (a.k.a. Aunt Fran) SHS Class of ‘45
Staples Class of 2020, You have all proven to be a group of resilient and flexible young adults. I congratulate you all! I know that we, the community, will benefit from how this time will mold you well into the future. You have the power to create and follow your dreams, now go live them. – Janine & Pietro Scotti
Your wings already exist! All you have to do is fly. – The Massoud Family
Good Luck! Be yourself. Find yourself. XO
Chef Tor Sporre wishes you a better world. Be part of it! – (Dancing Tulip picture drawn here)
Good luck in your new adventures!
Best wishes for your exciting journey ahead! – The Rizy Family
Best of luck to you all! Wishing you success & happiness! Much love, The Sutter Family
Way to make History Class of 2020! We always knew you would. 🙂 Great things lie ahead for you all. – The Howard Family
Congratulations Class of 2020! The best is yet to come. – ASF Sports & Outdoors
The poster outside ASF, before dozens of well-wishers added their thoughts.
We are so proud of you and all you have done‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ Hearty Congratulations Graduates♥️️ – Grandma B/Grandpa M
Congratulations to the entire Staples 2020 graduating class. You have missed a great deal of your last year of high school but you are all resilient & talented and will no doubt go on to do great things! Go Wreckers! – The Burg Family
Don’t ever underestimate your strength, wisdom and compassion! You have been incredible during these unique times. Congratulations to this amazing class of 2020! – The Messenger Family
When it rains, look for the rainbows. When it’s dark, look for the stars. Congratulations to the Class of 2020! YOU are the rainbows and the stars of the future! Dream Big! – The Hughes Family (Aunt K, Uncle Tom & Jameson)
Staples 2020! This is not the usual grad celebration, but you are not the usual class. You’ll work harder than you think and go farther than you can dream! Embrace it all! – The Vandis Family
Class of 2020 – “virtually” the greatest SHS class of all time! Go get ‘em! – The DesMarteau Family
Dear Staples High School Class of 2020, You did it! You finished an historic run to your High School Diploma in this unprecedented time. Bravo and remember you are Stronger than you know, this will not define you. Make the world a better place. – Paul Lenihan
I am myself a Staples graduate so my simple message is: ONCE A WRECKER ALWAYS A WRECKER! – Arline P. Gertzoff (RTM3)
(Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)
To all the Staples Seniors; This has been a strange and unusual year. As you go on to your next adventure know that you have dealt so well under extraordinary circumstances and this will help you deal even better with whatever comes your way. Wishing you all, all the best! – The Pressman Family
Class of 2020: Thank you for your contributions to Westport! You will be missed. Godspeed in your next adventures! – The Foisie Family
Dream BIG class of 2020! – The Zinn Family
To the Spectacular Staples Class of 2020, Your Strength, Smarts and Support of Community will Steer you to great Success in Anything you Seek. Much Love, From The Curran Family
Class of 2020, what a long strange trip it’s been. Go forth fearlessly, you guys have got this!” – The Braunstein Family
To the Staples Class of 2020: May your strength and determination be the shining gifts that guide you forward. Congratulations to you all. – Judith Marks-White
Congrats to the Class of 2020! We are so proud of you and all you have accomplished! – The Navarro Family
Staples High School seal, in front lobby (Photo copyright Lynn U. Miller)
To the amazing class of 2020, we wish you all the best life can offer! Live confidently, passionately and with endless curiosity. Dream all that you can become, become all that you can dream! – The Frost Family
Dear 020 Graduating Seniors: As Maya Angelou put it the best. Let your life not be measured by the breaths you take but rather the moments that take your breath away. Best of luck! XO – The Konstanty Family
Please take the disappointment from the end of this year to fuel your determination to launch your dreams for next year. With much love the Moody Famil
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!! In this crazy year we honor you as you have had to endure so much! This too shall pass; the future will be brighter and you will be stronger. Onward! Love, Joan Konstanty (AKA Gram)
Carpe Diem! – The Manna Family
Congratulations to the entire class of 2020!! The best is yet to come. – The Porio Family
Congratulations Class of 2020! Wishing you happiness in all that you do. – The Teed Family
Best to our Staples Seniors – thank you for your guidance, support and paving the way. Xo The Rossman Family
Congrats Staples High School Class of 2020 – The Bakshi Family
Congrats Class of 2020. You rocked it! Love, The Greifenbergers
Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Class of 2020! – The Desser Family
Relish you are part of history, now go make your mark on the world. – The Chevrier Family
Dream high…laugh, learn and love along the way! Congratulations on your accomplishments and enjoy the journey ahead. The Obsitnik Family
To the Class of 2020: We wish for you a world better than the one you were born into, the tenacity, strength and emotional intelligence to be able to identify injustice and address it, the ability to see your potential and to go for it, and the patience to both listen and respect those whose experiences differ from your own. You are our future, the next leg in the relay. We pass the baton to you, but we don’t let go of it just yet for we still have so much to pass along to you, while all the while absorbing the lessons you have for us. You are the Class of 2020, a blessed and brilliant bunch that will go down in history. No go change the world! – The Dockray Family