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COVID class bids long-awaited farewell

H-M-S sends off 49 members of the Class of 2020


July 16, 2020


The Class of 2020 sat on the gym floor spaced six feet apart during Sunday's commencement ceremony due to COVID-19 distancing guidelines.

It's safe to assume the Class of 2020 won't be taking much for granted as high school disappears in the rearview mirror.

"The way our senior year ended was incredibly unexpected," Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn senior Joseph Ahlers told his fellow classmates during Sunday's commencement ceremony. "This pandemic taught us that at any moment your life could change completely. It made us realize how important all of our memories truly are and how important the people we made those memories with are to us."

After a two-month delay, H-M-S was finally able to send off its senior class with a mostly tradi...

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