Like the rest of her graduating class at Vacaville High School, valedictorian Carolyn Fine prepared for the big day last week. But because commencement exercise fell out during the Yom Tov of Shavuos, the 18-year-old got ready a bit differently.
In observance of the Yom Tov, Fine did not deliver the traditional valedictorian’s speech through a microphone. She didn’t travel to the ceremony in a car, and instead walked.
“I was nervous about what to do,” Fine told the Contra Costa Times. “The more I learn about the Jewish religion, the more connected I feel.”
School officials worked with Fine to make alternate arrangements.
“It’s great to see that, on her own, she’s standing by her faith,” commented Rabbi Chaim Zaklos, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Solano County, who has been helping the young girl.