Promoción 2021. Academia Esperanza. (Foto: Cortesia/Emily Malara)

The Class of 2021- at all schools in North Philadelphia and across the city – has faced a difficult end to their high school career. Navigating their education through the pandemic, while making plans for their next steps when all seems uncertain, has been a stressful endeavor for both students and their families.

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Promoción 2021. Academia Esperanza. (Foto: Cortesia/Emily Malara).

And yet, they are paving the way forward. As an unusual and particularly challenging year comes to a close, the Esperanza Academy graduating class is celebrating their resilience and perseverance, and their ability to continue taking steps toward their bright futures. On Saturday, May 15, the Academy held the 2021 Annual Seniors Awards Gala. Students arrived in sparkles and taffeta ready to enjoy a night together in person for the first time since the shutdown over a year ago.

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Promoción 2021. Academia Esperanza. (Foto: Cortesia/Emily Malara).

The event had a DJ, buffet dinner, several special speakers, a scholarship presentation, and awards ceremony at the Camden Adventure Aquarium. These graduates’ commencement ceremony will take place on May 27th, and students hope the next chapter – at college, trade school, employment, or otherwise – will take place in person rather than virtually!  

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