Last week, the graduating seniors of Owen-Withee High School were able to gather together in ceremony and celebration of their 2020 graduation. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the celebration was strictly limited to family and only a few school officials.
District Administrator Bob Houts had to graciously, but firmly, shut the door on the media from attending. Instead, O-W official Stacy Rasmussen recorded the event through film and shared the photos she captured with the media.
With addresses from Valedictorian Ashley Amacher and Salutatorian Cheryl Ackerman and Administrator Bob Houts, the scattered audience (maintaining proper distancing) of only four attendance tickets per graduate enjoyed the warm and clear weather as their graduates received their diplomas from School Board President Dr. Julie Wendler. Board Member Kim Amacher presented the diploma to her daughter, Valedictorian Ashley Amacher.
Teachers were not invited to attend, either. In her interview with Nicole, retiring Art teacher Anne LaVick expressed her sadness at not being able to attend this year’s graduation. Other teachers expressed the same.
Graduation parties were held by many of the seniors in advance of the ceremony, dating back to May. Parties varied in size and access with some parties adopting a drive-thru practice of wishing the graduate well, picking up a hot dog or brat, and moving on.
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