Erie News Now has an update on a story we first brought to you last week: Millcreek Mother Calls for Deceased Daughter's Name to Be Said at Graduation

After a determined fight by Jennifer Zeppieri, the Millcreek Township School District has decided to honor her daughter, Alyssa Hall, at graduation.

In December of 2022, Zeppieri lost her daughter, McDowell junior Alyssa Hall, to a car collision while waiting for the morning school bus along Zuck Road.

A year and a half later, she was hoping to have her daughter's name said in remembrance at what would have been her graduation. 

The Millcreek Township School District said it was something that had never been done before, and it would be unfair to previously deceased students to start now. The district's full statement can be read here

Now, Zeppieri has some good news to report. A petition was recently posted in an effort to convince McDowell High School to say Hall's name at graduation. 

The petition was posted on Facebook, and Zeppieri went to the comment section to share the news and thank the community for their support.  

According to Zeppieri, the school is going to read Hall's name at graduation before observing a moment of silence in her memory. 

Millcreek Township School District shared the following statement regarding the decision: 

“Our team has continued to have conversations with Alyssa Hall’s family and we are pleased to confirm we have found a solution that both adheres to our District practices and is respectful to the memory of those who cannot be with us at graduation. At the 2024 ceremony, Alyssa’s name will be spoken during one of the opening speeches and we will share a moment of silence for all family members and friends who supported our students through their academic journey that are no longer with us.”