Class of 2020 cap and gown pickup


Sasha Shapsis

Lance Scholze, social studies teacher, Sally McComis, study hall supervisor, Sara Kamoske, math teacher, and Eric Ebert, principal, practice social distancing during the cap and gown pickup.

On April 27, 2020, seniors lined up in their cars at the Homestead entrance to receive their cap and gowns, yard signs, and the Winter 2020 edition of Soliloquy Literary Arts Magazine. This event followed the news of K-12 school shutdowns and extended stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Highlander walkway was transformed into a drive-thru pickup lane where the class of 2020 students and families followed the requested traffic flow. The front passengers’ windshields displayed each senior’s name for quick pick-up. The hands-free process consisted of social distancing as faculty, staff and administrators helped load the student’s car with the materials.

“I felt a lot of nostalgia when picking up my cap and gown. So many memories from high school passed through my mind, and I felt so grateful for my time as a Highlander,” Kitty Nelson, senior, said.

While there has been no official cancelation of this year’s graduation, the school is doing everything to ensure a safe and healthy environment while staying positive.

“We’re trying to move mountains and we have red tape to get through but we’re making it work,” Chad Sova, assistant principal, said.

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