2020. Wow, what can we say? In the last 6 months, we have experienced everything short of a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion. For many, this will not be a year that we quickly forget. For many, it will be a milestone year that they will always remember. The Dunedin High School Class of 2020 went through an unimaginable senior year. Most classes wrap up their high school careers with a graduation ceremony. They get to say memorable goodbyes to their classmates who will be entering trades, colleges and the military following graduation from DHS. Unfortunately, this class was robbed of that experience by the pandemic.
However, before we go too far into what they lost, let’s take a look at how this amazing group of kids responded. March 16th we watched as the pandemic closed schools, businesses and affected large gatherings. This class finished their senior year by doing work at home and completing their educations via virtual learning. This class improvised adapted and overcame their situation. They displayed all the characteristics that (2020 continued on page 7)
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Tenacity, perseverance, adaptability, and a commitment to their learning earned these grads their high school diplomas. They tackled uncertain times with certain dedication.
Our community, teachers, and administrators made sure these children received their recognition, which they so diligently earned. On May 14th, Dunedin High School joined in the national movement called “Be the Light.” Schools throughout the district celebrated the Class of 2020. At 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time) the lights of district stadiums were illuminated for 20 minutes. In addition, all scoreboards were set at 20-20. Members of our community drove by the Dunedin Memorial
Stadium and honked their horns as a show of appreciation and support for the Class of 2020.
The valedictorian, Shea Porter, gave her speech virtually followed by salutatorians Daniella Lopez & Paul Noell. The scholarships and awards were given out virtually by Principal Kiblinger assisted by his assistant principal and guidance counselor. DHS staff decorated the fence out front to recognize the Class of 2020. A local company, Roadrunner Digital, also parked their digital billboard truck out front to help celebrate the class. Light posts in the downtown area were decorated for the graduates as a show of support by our town. All in all, Dunedin did what it always does. It pulled together and put the kids first in a way they will never forget.
Congratulations Dunedin High School Class of 2020 and Godspeed!