West Liberty-Salem High School officials recently announced the district’s altered graduation plans for the Class of 2020 in response to the coronavirus health crisis and social distancing protocols that are currently in place.
During the district’s previously planned graduation day, Sunday, May 24, West Liberty-Salem hosts a diploma pick up event for seniors between noon and 5 p.m.
“This will be a drive thru event where students will be able to cross the stage, receive their diploma and have pictures taken,” school representatives said.“Students will have an appointed time and will be able to invite a limited number of guests.
Details of this event have been communicated directly to graduates and parents.
Additionally, the district is planning an in-person commencement ceremony at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Tiger Stadium on the West Liberty-Salem campus. The rain date is 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26.
“We plan to have all graduates seated on the football field with school staff and guests in the bleachers,” representatives said. “The school will respect the mass gathering restrictions and social distancing requirements that are in effect at the time and will revise the graduation plan as necessary.”
If graduation cannot take place July 25 or 26 due to weather or COVID-19 related restrictions, then the ceremony will become a virtual event. More details will be shared in early July.
Schools officials said the graduation plans considered safety recommendations in line with COVID-10 guidelines, while also recognizing the accomplishments of the Class of 2020, “satisfying the overwhelming desire of the graduates to have an in-person event that includes the graduates as well as faculty, family and guests.”
During the ceremony, class co-valedictorians Eli McGill and Cheyenne Gluckle, along with salutatorian Matthew Loffing will have the chance to address their classmates.
Rounding out the top 10 students for the West Liberty-Salem Class of 2020 are: Trenton Douthwaite, Aaliyah Speert, Patrick Harr, Zachary Glock, Savannah Weaver, Cade Clerico and Taylor Wayman.
Pending the successful completion of requirements, the following students are set to graduate:
Grace Adams, Alyssa Alford, Angeline Allison, Julia Ames, Samuel Benedict, Ya Mur Bereket, Trent Berry, Jessie Boy, Cierra Brown, John Buckenroth, Alex Burton, Zacharias Caldwell, Adalyn Caudill, Levi Chapman, Sydney Christison, Cade Clerico, Ethan Cole, Jaison Council, Kambree Cox, Blake Cushman, Denver Cushman, Elizabeth Davis, Hailee Davis, Rachel Davis, Tate Derr, Megan Dillon, Dylan Domachowski, Trenton Douthwaite, Kara Dovell, Trevor Dunham, Jack Eggleston, Hallie Erwin, Hollie Erwin, Michael Farquharson, Morgan Fissel, Kiera Francis, Zachary Glock, Cheyenne Gluckle, Julia Grider, Zavier Hamilton, Kenneth Harr, Patrick Harr, Bexley Harrigan, Gavin Harrison, Emily Hawkins, Kayle Henderson, Austin Hillard, Logan Humphrey, Jaylen Huston, Savannah Irick, Lillian James, Ryleigh Johns, Anna Kauffman, Paul Kauffman, Lilly Keller, Lindsey Kimball, Ethan Larson, Robert Isaac Lee, Clay LeVan, Sailor LeVan, Hannah Lewis, Matthew Loffing, Madilynne Long, Andrew Marr, Colleene McGill, Elijah McGill, Jaelen Meeker, Kendall Metz, Maycee Miller, Lydia Moell, Gracelynn Moore, Holden Nease, Peyton Orahood, Tory Pawelko, Sydnee Payer, Ashley Pratt, Barik Ray, Bianca Reames, Isaac Riblet, Camrin Rice, Tucker Ridenbaugh, Xavier Ronneberg, Zachary Rosedale, Garret Schoenleben, Matthew Schuster, Alexis Shaeffer, Candace Shafer, Jared Shoemaker, Caleb Siegenthaler, Connor Smith, Noah Smith, Aaliyah Speert, Logan Tompkins, Payton Umphries, Caidryn Wade, Taylor Wayman, Savannah Weaver, Noah Wilcoxon, Victoria Wilson, Ian Wolfe, Kyle Wolfe, Makenzie Woodruff, Trevor Woodruff, Kerris Woods, Zackary Woolley, Thomas Yeargan and Lucas Yoesting.