Marco Island Academy class of 2019 seniors celebrated their last day ever of high school on May 14th. Every year, volunteer parents organize the picnic for the students at Gene Sarazen Park, giving them a fun-filled opportunity to spend some final time with their peers, many of whom have grown up on the island together for most of their lives.
“It was bittersweet to see these kids let loose and have fun in an unstructured environment one last time, before they all go their separate ways after graduation,” said Lori Havemeier.
Thirty-four students, a large majority of the class, attended to enjoy the grill-out and games such as tug-of-war, cornhole, and frisbee. Lunch was generously provided with donations by Publix, Walmart, Sunshine Ace Hardware on San Marco, Gulfshore Insurance and Fresh Market, in support of the graduating class. Students were able to then head to the beach together after the picnic.
“I loved seeing a senior class coming together as a family, and truly enjoying their time they had together,” said Nancy Chamberlain. “It wasn’t a few boys playing frisbee– it was all of them. Nobody let anybody be left out.”
The Marco Island Academy 2019 class will walk May 24th, as they continue on to their future endeavors.