On March 14, the one-month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students from schools across the country staged “walkouts” from class. These organized walkouts were intended to protest violence and, in some cases, to make political statements about gun control, while others took the form of 17 minutes of silence through which students were able to honor the innocent victims of this atrocity.

Everest Collegiate senior Regina DeNigris saw this as an opportunity to organize her fellow students and add further dimension to this national initiative. Concurrent with the national demonstrations, Everest students assembled in the school chapel for 20 minutes. After a brief introduction, students and faculty spent the next 17 minutes praying and reflecting, as each of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victims was briefly listed by name, followed by a short, personal bio. Various students, teachers, and staff read the bios before leading a “Hail Mary” and then offering the remainder of each minute in silent commemoration. The beautiful ceremony allowed students to show solidarity against senseless violence while maintaining an important focus on prayer and remembrance.

Click here to read the Oakland Press’ coverage of the memorial. The Everest information is at the bottom of the article.