Key West Charter High School held graduation with seniors collecting their diplomas on jet skis.
Somerset Island Preparatory (SIP) seniors experienced a new kind of graduation. Adhering to social distancing regulations as a result of COVID-19, the school found a way to make graduation memorable and fun. "The idea to have a Jet Ski graduation is a perfect example of the innovative mindset which permeates Somerset Island Prep. I could not be prouder of the students and staff during these trying times," said Todd German, Somerset Academy’s Governing Board Chair and Key West resident.
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Somerset Island Prep senior jet skis to collect his diploma off the Key West coast. (Photo: Business Wire)
Tuesday evening, the SIP Class of 2020 jet skied in front of Key West’s Southernmost House. The seniors, in graduation caps, gowns and masks, collected their diplomas from their Principal who docked just off The Southernmost House Hotel. Principal Tom Rompella is proud of the Class of 2020. "This final ceremony for our seniors represents the same theme that has played out throughout the entirety of their time at Island Prep. That no barrier is too large to overcome and that through creativity and hard work we can overcome any challenge," Rompella said. The graduation was made possible with the support of SIP’s community partners and friends. Jet skis and boats were provided by Fury Water Adventures. Students were also given graduation gift cards worth $200 provided by Blue Island Lighting and Irrigation, Inc. Somerset is thankful to Michael Halpern and The Southernmost House Hotel for the beautiful venue.
Somerset Island Preparatory is Key West’s only charter high school. Established in 2010, the high school offers students an innovative pathway to earn an AA degree while in high school, for free. Dual enrollment courses are offered on-campus by Island Prep’s own credentialed instructors. Somerset Island Prep was recently ranked on US News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools list.
Somerset Island Preparatory is supported by Academica. Academica is at the forefront of maximizing and developing human potential and achievement. Academica’s global education community supports individuals through school, college, career and beyond. Academica supports college and career preparatory K-16 (kindergarten through college) public charter schools throughout the nation.
For more information, visit their website at www.islandprep.org.