Todd Co. Central graduates class of 2020 in drive-through commencement

The Todd County Central High School class of 2020 graduated Friday afternoon and got a different kind of proceedings with a drive-through style commencement.

The 106 graduates traveled in a vehicle up to the stage, where they walked across the stage, got their diploma, and then got back into that vehicle at the other end of the stage, all in the name of social distancing.  Salutatorian Elle Shemwell says it sums up the challenges this class both faced and overcame this year, and she knows they’ll take that resolve into the future.

Valedictorian Margaret Gillum says the word ‘perseverance’ sums up her classmates perfectly, and she urged them to meet any challenges with same attitude.

The Loving Cup—which is an award and scholarship in memory of Aubrey and Bertha Campbell—went to Willem Azzinnaro. The award is based on teacher and student nomination and vote. The individual presented with the annual award must be an exceptional student, maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher, and must have proven his or her dedication to not only scholastic achievement but to extracurricular and community achievements as well.

Seniors achieving top-ten percent status are Willem Azzinnaro, Patricia Cunningham, Leah Gill, Margaret Gillum, Emma Harris, Laurie Knuckles, Austin Rager, Ellee Shemwell, Zechariah Sklar, Jordan Weathers and Elyse Wood.