Forging Ahead

Congratulations class of 2020

High schools forge ahead with unique graduations


Lake County Leader

The Class of 2020 is finishing a senior year like no other class has known. In the middle of their final semester, a time when the challenges of scholarship applications, AP tests, proms, and sports were some of the top priorities, schools throughout the state and nation were suddenly closed in March, in the face of a growing viral pandemic.

Teachers, administrators, students and parents managed to make the best of the new realities, staying “in the game,” some might say. Teachers worked magic to change lesson plans over to remote learning, including online studies and learning packets that could be picked up at school or even delivered, along with school lunches, by school bus. Parents metamorphosed into homeschool teachers, or at least facilitators and cheerleaders to help their kids become self-teachers.

But it was the students who had to make it all work if they were going to successfully complete their schooling for the year, suddenly walking away from the school life they have always known and “learning to learn” in so many knew ways. For the seniors, one giant question hung over the entire semester: Would they get to graduate?The answer is a resounding yes. As with the rest of this trying time, each school has found a unique way to honor the students and their families for their hard work and success, with ceremonies worthy of their accomplishments.

The ceremonies may look a little different than traditionally, as “social distancing” recommendations have been designed into the proceedings, and attendees will be limited to keep the entire gathering sizes small.

But there will be pomp and circumstance, and students will know they are the most important thing that day.

POLSON: Sunday, June 7. 1 p.m. The school is discussing options with their graduating seniors, considering a drive-in style ceremony in the high school parking lot or a ceremony on the football field. There will be limited spectator attendance, but they are developing a plan to stream the event live over FM radio and/or on their website.

PHS Class 0f 2020 picts