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Seniors set to parade through town


Lara Love

In preparation for the Senior Parade of Cars on Sunday, photos of Hot Springs County High School graduates are displayed along Sixth Street.

The graduation ceremony for this year's Hot Springs County High School seniors is going to be one to remember.

"Our Class of 2020 seniors will have the most memorable graduation in 100 years," said high school principal Breez Daniels. "This is the 100th Commencement at Hot Springs County High School, an important milestone for our community."

Daniels said the seniors voted to have a Senior Parade of Cars – one car per senior with their immediate family in the car with them.

Seniors will line up in alphabetical order by last name on Senior Avenue, the same lineup place as the homecoming parade. The parade would start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17.

The parade will include an extended parade route through town, approved by the town council with a police car in the lead.

They will pass the VFW before taking a right onto Broadway, left at the stoplight, down Sixth Street to McDonalds, right on Shoshoni Street to Canyon Hills Road where they will then turn right on 14th Street past the fire hall to Broadway. The parade will then turn right on Broadway to the stoplights, then left onto Sixth Street onto Park Street to the High School parking lot.

They will then drive through the parking lot to the Bobcat and receive their diploma, scholarships and awards at the Bobcat from a school official.

Daniels said the seniors will be encouraged to decorate vehicles in "float style" and celebrate with their family and community as they parade through town.

Each family can use a vehicle of their choice, including golf carts, pickups with the senior in the back, Jeeps, side by sides, the family car, almost anything goes.

After the parade of seniors, a graduation video will be made public via the district's website and social media.

The graduation video will include commencement speakers, including the co-valedictorians and salutatorian and each graduate in their cap and gown.

The video will be made public via the school website and social media so community members and family from all over can enjoy it.

The school district is also working on live streaming the seniors receiving their diplomas at the Bobcat in front of the school. They are hoping that event can be made public as well for the families of the graduates to watch from home.

See the graduation insert in this paper. It features all the graduates and is brought to you by advertisers included in the insert.

Senior Awards

The district released a awards on the evening of May 12. The actual awards will be given to the seniors at commencement on May 17 and listed in next week's Independent Record.

"My hope is that despite the disappointment of the loss of fun and special events this spring, each senior family is making some special memories along the way," Daniels said.


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