WATCH NOW: St. Stephens 2020 graduation part 2 | Education

WATCH NOW: St. Stephens 2020 graduation part 2 | Education

WATCH NOW: St. Stephens 2020 graduation part 2 | Education

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Elisa Lovejoy, business teacher at St. Stephens High School, had one word come to mind when thinking of high school graduation: Closure.

“I think this is important to them (the students),” Lovejoy said. “Think of the college students — they didn’t have this. They need that closure. Especially since they’ve been in school for 12 or 13 years straight.”

Instead of all 2020 seniors gathering as a mass, marching to an arena-like setting, and taking their turn walking across a stage, students and family members parked in cars outside of the gym. 

When they were called, the student and immediate family members walked into the gym where the student received their high school diploma while abiding by social distancing precautions.

Of the 284 graduates, 99 plan to attend a four-year university, 121 plan to attend a community college, seven plan to enter the U.S. Military, and 57 plan to directly enter the workforce.

The total amount of scholarship money earned by students was not available at press time. Many scholarship deadlines were pushed back due to COVID-19, said Principal Scottie Houston.

Emily Willis is a general assignment reporter at the Hickory Daily Record. 

 

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