FALCONER – Seniors at Falconer High School have launched a petition calling for a traditional graduation after the Board of Education decided to host a virtual ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Falconer High School Senior Alyssa Wright’s “Let Them Walk” change.org petition so far has gained the support of over 400 in the community.Wright tells WNYNewsNow she, along with her fellow classmates, are asking the school board to reconsider their decision.“I want people to know that we are not okay with what they decided, and it would have been nice if they would have talked to us and talked to our parents to come up with something,” explained Wright. “So now, we are using our voice to come up with a better solution to better fit everyone.” Wright says students were first notified of the decision via a letter posted on their school locker, the day they returned from working remotely to pick up belongings.High School Principal Jeffery Jordan says that he has talked with Wright about coming up with a plan that is “as close to normal” as possible, yet, keeping students and families safe.“Our plans are that we would have a ceremony that would be virtual, trying to keep it as normal as possible with all of our speakers and awards, and everything like that,” explained Jordan. “Then have a diploma drive through where families with our 2020 Seniors could come to our athletic facility, walk on to the field, walk across the state on the field, and use our scoreboard and screen we have to announce their name, and show their picture, and have families be able to take pictures that way while keeping social distancing of course.”Jordan says this is not his first choice to hold a graduation, although due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is the “best case scenario” now.Wright, after speaking with Jordan, tells us she is grateful they are now working with students to find a better solution that follows safety guidelines, but, continues the traditions of graduation.“I would like to come up with a solution that is safe and works for everyone, it still follows the guidelines of social distancing, but, it still gives us that chance to walk across the stage,” furthered Wright. “I feel that all seniors deserve to have that moment.”Jordan says he wants to give the senior class the best possible graduation. Furthermore, he is proud that Wright spoke out and advocated her position.The administrator furthered that next year, he will invite the 2020 graduating class back to graduation to be honored during their tradition ceremony.Going forward he plans to continue communication with the Seniors as they work to plan this year’s graduation event.To view the petition, click here. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Rapidly emerging Ghana saw no change in the latest Beach Soccer rankings released by the Beach Soccer Federation World Wide (BSWW). Nicknamed the ”Black Sharks”, team Ghana is placed ahead of South Africa and Algeria but remain 60th in the world and 8th in the African sub region after an overall point accumulation of 85. The lack of movement on the log can be attributed to the country’s little involvement in external competitions since the last ranking was released in March 2014. But despite the challenges facing beach soccer development in the West African state, it still boasts of two concurrent leagues. The Ghana Beach Soccer Championship which is sponsored by CAL Bank enjoys a very modest package of Gh44,000 ($11,920.00). Similarly, the Division 1 League is also made up of ten teams but is yet to find a sponsor to invest in the fastest growing sport in the world. There was little movement generally on the world stage too, with the top ten ranked nations retaining their respective spots. A similar situation pertains on the continent as the top ten African teams remain unchanged with Senegal as the highest ranked country. Following closely are Nigeria, Cote d’voire, Morocco Egypt, Madagascar, Libya, Ghana, Algeria and South Africa completing the top ten. Beach Soccer spokesman, George Addo welcomed the latest rankings and said this year would see a big improvement in how the sport is run in Ghana. ” We can do better with more support and I am confident that would happen soon. Ghana has huge potential in this sport and we can only get better if we put our house in order now”. A new Beach Soccer Management team is expected to be endorsed by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) any moment from now to pave way for a formidable re-branding and re-structuring of the sport. The Beach Soccer Association is currently headed by Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah who was elected as the founder and President at a GBSA Congress in 2011. He was unopposed and retained in 2012 when the entire executive was dissolved by the clubs in a vote of no confidence for non-performance.