Concordia Staff Honors Seniors at Friday Night Lights Car Parade

On Friday, May 1st, Concordia hosted a Friday Night Lights car parade for the Class of 2020 at 8:20 pm (20:20 military time). All five of the school’s stadiums were lit, scoreboards showed 2020, and the administration, faculty, staff, and coaches were spread out on campus in the back main parking lot to cheer on this class of seniors as they drove through campus. The staff made signs and several of the school’s junior and sophomore students decorated all of the seniors’ assigned parking spaces with sidewalk chalk. The parking spaces were personalized to each senior and shared uplifting messages of love, care, and hope.

Video Recap of Friday Night Lights

Senior government and history teacher, Elisabeth Held, stated after the parade was over while holding back tears, “I needed this. I needed to see my students. And it was awesome!”

Concordia has 127 seniors this school year and 105 of them participated in the car parade. Over 40 faculty and staff members lined the parking lot, while practicing safe social distancing of at least 6 feet. The seniors stayed in their cars and were often seen hanging outside the windows and sunroofs.

Senior Abby Lanier started crying when she arrived on campus. She had this to say as she reflected after the event: “One word to best describe Concordia Lutheran is FAMILY. Everything the administration, teachers, staff, and underclassmen did for us seniors last night was touching. ‘Congrats’, ‘Good Job’ and ‘You made it!’ were three repetitive phrases I heard, and it brought me to tears passing every teacher. I will never forget this night much less the best four years of my life attending Concordia Lutheran High School.”

This event was part of the school’s month-long program to honor the seniors during their final month of high school.

Every day in May, on the school’s facebook page (fb.com/ConcordiaTomball), four seniors will be highlighted with their pictures and what their plans are for after high school.

On Friday, May 8th, several faculty and staff members will be delivering special gifts to every senior’s house. Concordia is a private high school in NW Houston, but students come from all over the Houston metro. Gift packages will be delivered to seniors that live in Katy, Cypress, Tomball, Hockley, Waller, Navasota, Montgomery, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Klein, and Houston.

There are several other events that will happen throughout May including a filming of a graduation video on Concordia’s campus for each senior and their extended family members. Due to COVID-19, the school is postponing the graduation ceremony originally scheduled for Friday, May 22nd. A new date has not been officially published. The school will work with the guidelines for large gatherings, and it has not been decided how many people will be able to be at the graduation. For that reason, over a period of a couple days, the school is filming seniors one at a time crossing the stage in their cap and gown, turning their tassel, while in front of their extended family members.