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EDITORIAL: Local spirit prevails

Usually, at this time of year, high schools are gearing up for the traditional end of year events, hosting proms and planning ceremonies for graduating seniors.

But, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been staying home since March 13, first on an extended spring break, which was then lengthened.

On Monday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine confirmed what many expected would happen — that Ohio students would not be returning for the rest of this academic year.

This dashed any hopes of graduating seniors getting to take part in a May ceremony, marking the end of their high school years.

Last night, school districts across the county paid tribute to the Class of 2020, with high schools turning on the lights on their fields and stadiums.

Cars, carrying the seniors were present, with horns honked in their honor, as many in the community came out to show support.

The turnout was strong, showing the passion many have for their communities, who they have been largely cut off from since the pandemic began.

Other than mask-clad trips to the grocery store, for many, it was the closest thing they’ve had to interaction out side their homes in some time. And, though social distancing was in place, it showed that the spirit of togetherness remains strong.

Superintendents we spoke with said they will be thinking hard to come up with some way to give these seniors the honor they have earned and hope they can come up with an alternate ceremony in some time.

The Class of 2020 has been through a lot and we at the Ironton Tribune hope to honor them as well. We would like to hear from you and to get your thoughts as we consider how to plan coverage for what would have been the traditional graduation season. Share your thoughts with us at news@irontontribune.com

We congratulate this year’s graduating class and wish them a bright future.