Margaret (Maggie) Deanna Rodopoulos of Montgomery shares her unusual graduation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She is the granddaughter of Faye Gaston and the late Jackie Dean Gaston, Sr. of Union Springs, Alabama and June Rodopoulos and the late Pete Rodopoulos of Tampa, Florida. Upon graduation she plans to attend Troy State University in Troy, Alabama to major in nursing. She was awarded a Chancellor Scholarship from Troy University. Maggie is graduating from the Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School in Montgomery, Alabama.
The school has the #1 spot as the "Best public high school in Alabama". Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be the traditional graduation celebration ceremony.
The presentation of diplomas will be held at the school gym on June 3, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. She can have only three guests, so her parents, Jennifer and Steve Rodopoulos, and her sister Rachel will attend. Her two brothers will not be able to attend.
Maggie and her three guests are to arrive five minutes early and enter the gym. Maggie will walk on stage and have her photo taken receiving her diploma and the four will immediately leave the building. There will be no speeches or other presentations. The school system will video the ceremony and add speeches to the video. On that day the family plans to order dinner from Sushi Cafe to enjoy Maggie's favorite Japanese food with her. The family's graduation gift will be an Apple watch.
Plans are to have a graduation party in July with the whole family and both grandmothers in attendance. Sunday, May 17, 2020 was "Senior Sunday" at her church, Frazer Memorial Methodist Church of Montgomery.
However, the family had to settle for a recorded video version. Maggie was one of four seniors chosen to record answers to questions as part of the recorded senior service. This video was part of the Sunday's Worship Service. The traditional "Senior Sunday" in previous years was a big celebration that her two older brothers had enjoyed.
As a substitute treat on Sunday, three church youth leaders with six Moms and some seniors enjoyed a celebration brunch.
Through Frazer church, Maggie was involved in missions on an international, national, local, and church level. She traveled to Kenya, Africa on a mission trip led by Frazer's teaching pastor, Brandon Dasinger.
On youth choir tours through Youth Worship Arts at Frazer, she traveled to Detroit (Michigan), Omaha (Nebraska), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Branson and St Louis (Missouri), New Orleans (Louisiana), and Washington D.C. The youth performed concerts and ministered to Boys/Girls Clubs, retirement homes and veterans homes. They performed concerts for Frazer's congregation.
For local missions, Maggie participated in "Transformation Montgomery" with crafts and snacks. This is a Frazer Church on-going project in a faith-based community in Chisholm of North Montgomery.
She helps with "Mission Montgomery", a multi-day event, helping with children, construction repairs, and the elderly at Wesley Gardens.
Through Frazer Church, Maggie has served as a youth counselor at children's camp at Camp Chandler, Vacation Bible School volunteer, puppet team member, life group member, youth leadership group, middle school retreat counselor, etc.