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Pomp and Circumstance for City of Bellaire Seniors

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  • Roylance family

    David and Deborah Roylance ready to yell, “Hotty Toddy!” with daughter, Raegan, before the parade! 

  • Sonnet Mandell, Lyric Mandell

    Sonnet and Lyric Mandell are fired up to start an exciting new chapter in Louisiana. Geaux LSU Tigers!

  • BHS

    These Bellaire Cardinals have been friends since elementary school. They brought their school spirit to the parade and were excited to see the community support the Class of 2020. Pictured are (back, from left) Conor Oelson, Gene Gopon (Mr. Bellaire); (front, from left) Dom Daniels, John Bunge, Zak Pham, Kenneth Alexander, Andrew Abdala. 

  • Donovan Meade's family

    Donovan Meade's family, little sister, Caroline, and parents, Rania and David, waiting patiently at Ferris and Aspen for their favorite senior to come by! 

  • A&M Galveston and Sam Houston State

    This truck is having fun representing both Texas A&M Galveston and Sam Houston State University. Sounds like double trouble!

  • Bellaire police

    Bellaire police ready to start the parade.

  • BHS boys

    The Bellaire High School boys in action, keeping the parade spectators pumped up! Most of these guys have known each other since Horn Elementary.

  • Maddie Dodson, Tessa Valente,

    With all their elephant and “Roll Tide” accessories, Maddie Dodson and Tessa Valente (behind driver) won first place for best decorated car.

  • Demi Pappas

    From Condit to Lanier to Bellaire High School, now Demi Pappas is ready for her next adventure at Georgetown.

  • Ishani Shethia, Simon Beck,

    Bellaire Cardinals Ishani Shethia and Simon Beck are looking forward to attending Washington University in St. Louis this fall. 

  • Lauren Ohler, Anna Macia

    Lauren Ohler and Anna Macia (pictured, from left) practiced their UT Hook ‘Em Horns! during the parade. 

  • Megan Frankel, Sophia Frankel,

    Megan Frankel is excited to attend the University of Michigan. Her little sister Sophia came to the parade to cheer her on. 

  • Lauren McAuliffe, Abigail Shelby, Victoria Shelby, Alex Rivero,

    Lauren McAuliffe (Texas A&M) had fun parading around with fellow front seat passenger Abigail Shelby (Villanova), Victoria Shelby (Texas A&M) and Alex Rivero (Air Force Academy) and friends from their Condit Elementary days.

  • Roylance family
  • Sonnet Mandell, Lyric Mandell
  • BHS
  • Donovan Meade's family
  • A&M Galveston and Sam Houston State
  • Bellaire police
  • BHS boys
  • Maddie Dodson, Tessa Valente,
  • Demi Pappas
  • Ishani Shethia, Simon Beck,
  • Lauren Ohler, Anna Macia
  • Megan Frankel, Sophia Frankel,
  • Lauren McAuliffe, Abigail Shelby, Victoria Shelby, Alex Rivero,

Under the ever-watchful eyes of the Bellaire water tower, Class of 2020 seniors filled vehicles lined up along S. Rice in front of the new City Hall Building. Due to Covid-19 safety restrictions, many of the honorees won’t be experiencing the traditional ceremony, which includes marching into Pomp and Circumstance this year but, thanks to the City of Bellaire, they received a dose of pomp with a special police escort through the neighborhood. 

Last Friday night, spectators of all ages came out in full force to cheer, clap and ring cowbells at the first-ever City of Bellaire High School Graduation Celebration Drive. The Class of 2020 fan-lined route headed south down S. Rice, around Bellaire High School onto Maple Street, down Ferris and then up Jessamine St. ending by the police station. Adding to the merriment were American flags donated by the Southwest Rotary Club waving along both sides of the streets.

Deborah Roylance, whose daughter Raegan is a Tenney School grad headed to Ole Miss, planted the seeds for the event. She shared, “This was truly a community effort for these graduates. The City of Bellaire was more than willing to help make this celebration of graduates something to remember. City officials personally put in the sweat equity to get all this done.”

The Mandell sisters, Sonnet and Lyric, are both headed to Baton Rouge to continue their studies at Louisiana State University (Lyric for her PhD and Sonnet for undergraduate studies). The girls were happy to receive one of the best decorated car awards. 

Their whole family, including parents David and Ember and older sister Noelle, were in the car during the parade. Mom Ember said, “The enthusiasm of the graduates, their supporters, and cheering residents of Bellaire made it a day we will never forget!” 

Deborah said, “As parents of Class of 2020 seniors this year, it’s been hard to watch our child lose the opportunity to enjoy celebrating milestones like senior prom and walking across the stage to collect their diplomas. The residents of Bellaire truly showed up to celebrate these grads. Personally, as a mom of a Class of 2020 senior, it brought tears to my eyes to see the families lining the streets, the little kids holding pompoms and waving. Residents, old and young, were proud to step out and show these kids that where they come from is special. As they head off to college, they will hopefully take with them a sense of their hometown, a warm hug that they know will always be here for them." 

The parade left senior Megan Frankel smiling. A Kinkaid grad, Megan shared, "I loved how the community came together to support us. It meant a lot."

High schools represented included Bellaire High School, St. Agnes Academy, Episcopal High School, The Kinkaid School, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, The Tenney School, St. Thomas High School along with home-school programs. The 77401 grads are headed to a variety of colleges including Sam Houston University, Texas A&M Galveston, Louisiana State University, The University of Mississippi, The University of Houston, Washington University, Georgetown, The University of Texas, Texas A & M University and Villanova University. 

Roylance family

David and Deborah Roylance ready to yell, “Hotty Toddy!” with daughter, Raegan, before the parade! 

Sonnet Mandell, Lyric Mandell

Sonnet and Lyric Mandell are fired up to start an exciting new chapter in Louisiana. Geaux LSU Tigers!

BHS

These Bellaire Cardinals have been friends since elementary school. They brought their school spirit to the parade and were excited to see the community support the Class of 2020. Pictured are (back, from left) Conor Oelson, Gene Gopon (Mr. Bellaire); (front, from left) Dom Daniels, John Bunge, Zak Pham, Kenneth Alexander, Andrew Abdala. 

Donovan Meade's family

Donovan Meade's family, little sister, Caroline, and parents, Rania and David, waiting patiently at Ferris and Aspen for their favorite senior to come by! 

A&M Galveston and Sam Houston State

This truck is having fun representing both Texas A&M Galveston and Sam Houston State University. Sounds like double trouble!

Bellaire police

Bellaire police ready to start the parade.

BHS boys

The Bellaire High School boys in action, keeping the parade spectators pumped up! Most of these guys have known each other since Horn Elementary.

Maddie Dodson, Tessa Valente,

With all their elephant and “Roll Tide” accessories, Maddie Dodson and Tessa Valente (behind driver) won first place for best decorated car.

Demi Pappas

From Condit to Lanier to Bellaire High School, now Demi Pappas is ready for her next adventure at Georgetown.

Ishani Shethia, Simon Beck,

Bellaire Cardinals Ishani Shethia and Simon Beck are looking forward to attending Washington University in St. Louis this fall. 

Lauren Ohler, Anna Macia

Lauren Ohler and Anna Macia (pictured, from left) practiced their UT Hook ‘Em Horns! during the parade. 

Megan Frankel, Sophia Frankel,

Megan Frankel is excited to attend the University of Michigan. Her little sister Sophia came to the parade to cheer her on. 

Lauren McAuliffe, Abigail Shelby, Victoria Shelby, Alex Rivero,

Lauren McAuliffe (Texas A&M) had fun parading around with fellow front seat passenger Abigail Shelby (Villanova), Victoria Shelby (Texas A&M) and Alex Rivero (Air Force Academy) and friends from their Condit Elementary days.

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