Farewell, Longhorns

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Harper graduates 37 with unique ceremony

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  • Shelby Reno celebrates the end of her high school career with a Hook ’em Horns hand sign during the Class of 2020 Harper High School graduation on Friday, May 22. See more photos and information on C/D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Samuel Sutton
    Shelby Reno celebrates the end of her high school career with a Hook ’em Horns hand sign during the Class of 2020 Harper High School graduation on Friday, May 22. See more photos and information on C/D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Samuel Sutton
  • Alex Aguilar straightens his tassel as he leads the 37 Harper High School graduates to their seats to begin the 2020 ceremony on Friday, May 22, at Longhorn Stadium in Harper. — Standard-Radio Post/ Samuel Sutton
    Alex Aguilar straightens his tassel as he leads the 37 Harper High School graduates to their seats to begin the 2020 ceremony on Friday, May 22, at Longhorn Stadium in Harper. — Standard-Radio Post/ Samuel Sutton
  • Kanyon Swift, wearing a pink and gray gas mask as protection from the coronavirus, gives a thumbs up after receiving his diploma.
    Kanyon Swift, wearing a pink and gray gas mask as protection from the coronavirus, gives a thumbs up after receiving his diploma.
  • Harper High School salutatorian Eve Williams receives her diploma from Supt. Chris Stevenson.
    Harper High School salutatorian Eve Williams receives her diploma from Supt. Chris Stevenson.
  • Harper High School valedictorian Nicholas Wooten shows off his awards and diploma.
    Harper High School valedictorian Nicholas Wooten shows off his awards and diploma.
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In an unusual ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic, Harper Independent School District still celebrated its 37 seniors in the Class of 2020.

Graduates received their diplomas in front of a thinner-than-usual crowd with just four guests per graduate at Longhorn Field at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22. Each graduate was socially distanced from each other on the field.

To prevent sharing microphones, the school had students stand up while their speeches played over a speaker.

Harper High School’s Class of 2020 motto was “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened,” by Dr. Seuss.

HHS Principal Bonnie Stewart announced names as the only one to use the podium. Supt. Chris Stevenson wore gloves as he handed out diplomas.

Hannah Cox gave a recorded welcome. Christophe Peralt recorded a special reading to parents.

Valedictorian Nicholas Wooten and salutatorian Evelyn Williams stood while their recorded speeches were given.

With some amounts still being determined, Harper High’s graduating class through May 22 received more than $429,000 in scholarship awards. More awards are still to come. A full list is provided in this week’s newspaper.

Kendra Wilke handled the benediction.

Graduates exited the field to the tune of “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake.

The senior parade around Harper was canceled.