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South High Dedicates 9/11 Memorial

Two student representatives speak during a 9/11 memorial dedication ceremony

A piece of steel and concrete from the World Trade Center has found a new permanent home in a memorial garden on the South High School campus. South High administrators, faculty, and students recently gathered for a small dedication ceremony to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This project was a joint effort by the South High Rebel Robotics team and Support Our Troops club, which were the recipients of a piece of steel and a piece of concrete from the Twin Towers in Manhattan. Both of these pieces were joined together to form a single monument to remember the events of 9/11 and honor those who were lost.

The monument has been incorporated into a memorial garden on the South High campus, located outside the Business/Technology wing of the building. The garden area, which was designed by former students in the Business/Technology Department, serves as a space for quiet reflection for the school community.

“The undertaking of this project stemmed from the importance of remembering the events of 9/11, the brave souls that were lost and those still suffering today,” explains John Motchkavitz, business/technology department head and Rebel Robotics mentor.

Students and faculty from South High’s Facing History classes, Rebel Robotics team, and Support Our Troops club attended a dedication ceremony in the memorial garden on Sept. 15. Speakers included Principal Dr. Christopher Gitz, Mr. Motchkavitz, and student representatives from the Rebel Robotics team and Support Our Troops club.

Mentors for the Rebel Robotics team are John Motchkavitz and Matthew Corrigan, business/technology teacher. The faculty advisor for the Support Our Troops club is Michael Passuello, business/technology teacher. Jonathan Ruvio, technology department head at South Middle, supported the project with his welding skills.