Gillespie High School graduated 75 students on Sunday, May 17 in the class of 2020 in a non-traditional fashion after rain forced the district to move the celebration indoors. Three students did not show up for the ceremony as 78 were to graduate.
The indoor celebration went off without a hitch and it was followed by a large parade led by the area’s first responders.
For the ceremony, students and their immediate family were ushered into the gym family-by-family where it was professionally set up like all other traditional ceremonies in year’s past but without the usual pomp and crowd. Only one family was allowed to be in the gym at one time and the graduating student’s name was announced over the public address system before the student walked across the stage to accept their diploma.
After accepting the diploma, a family picture was taken and the family exited the gym before the next student and their respected family entered.
Many community members complimented the efforts of the Gillespie School District and high school principal, and soon-to-be district superintendent, Shane Owsley along with the high school staff saying the ceremony was very professional and honored the graduates respectfully in light of the current COVID-19 situation.
The annual award ceremony took place on Saturday evening ahead of Sunday’s graduation. Many school awards and scholarships were announced including the Ashby Family Scholarship winners. Recipients of the Chad Ashby Scholarship included:
- Megan Hatlee
- Katie Reed
- Ruby Savant
- Frank Barrett
- Deyon Wolber
- Thomas Johnson
- Bryce Higginbotham
- Joseph Bertetto
- Mackenzy Mix
- Lucy Guicciardo
The winner of the Doug Ashby Scholarship was Mallory Mick while the Collin Johnson was the winner of the Colonel Leland Ashby Welding Scholarship.
“We would like to honor our award winners and Mrs. Joyce Ashby for continuing to help provide financial assistance to our students,” Owsley added.