More than 750 Pennsbury students with the class of 2019 received their diplomas Tuesday night, and walked away forever recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Ceremony was held on the Pennsbury football field which fit students, families, and friends alike. Superintendent William J. Gretzula offered words of encouragement to the Class of 2019, telling them to go into life with their best foot forward.
“Get comfortable not knowing, embrace the uncertainty! Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone! Keep asking really good question and enjoy exploring the world of possibilities that await! And take comfort in knowing that you are well prepared to accomplish whatever you want to become with hard work.”
Additionally, Pennsbury High School as a whole shattered a world record, confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records. Known as a “Kiss Mural,” the wall stretches 63 feet long and stands 11 feet high.
This monument to lipstick contains 41,692 kiss print papers from students and staff within the high school. Unveiled at Prom, it easily surpasses the previous record set in Brazil of 13,316 kisses.
The Nolan family, whose daughter Melanie graduate Tuesday night, pitched the unorthodox idea last year. Principal Reggie Meadows presented the 2019 class with the award during graduation.
With international recognition, the Guinness Book of World Records holds its winners to high standards and has several requirements.
First, Guinness had to approve the design in Nov. 2018 before work could begin. Then, media production student Shivani Patel documented the creative process of the mural.
Prom Advisors Tony Napoli and Curtis May played a big role making this world record possible, as they helped students complete all the requirements prior to completing the project. Parent Patrick Gillbride also contributed, providing lipstick and products from Estee Lauder and Smashbox cosmetics.
The local community was invited to view the mural and other decorations made by the class following prom and graduation. After all of the speeches and ceremonies, graduates received their well-deserved diplomas.
WBCB’s Manny Jones and Anthony Direnzo contributed to this post.