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Huntley Project celebrates 105th graduation

Posted at 6:34 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 20:34:28-04

Huntley Project High School held its 105th commencement in Worden on Sunday afternoon.

COVID-19 distancing changed the ceremony.

A reverse parade gave the community a chance to congratulate the senior class, since only family could attend the actual ceremony.

"Some of them even threw us candy which was really cute," said Reegan Tigner, valedictorian. "But it was a really exciting thing to experience."

"Oh it was so much fun," said Ann Killen. "I just couldn't stop smiling. It was so nice to see all the community members and everybody that supported me for so long."

"It was awesome to see the community come out and celebrate us," said Ashley Weigum.

The Huntley Project graduation is normally inside the gym and this year, it's a big change to have it out on the football field.

"Most of it is going to be intimate for family members to be able to see their kid receive their diploma and go through that process," Principal Sam Bruner said before the ceremony. "It was really important to do it as traditional as possible. I like the idea of every day we're making steps toward a legacy."

Graduates and their families sat around the football field and there was no band.

"College band from Minnesota did a live recording of pomp and circumstance," Bruner said.

The class of 2020 received diplomas in a special way and the students left some good words with their classmates.

"I talked with my great grandfather a lot during this quarantine and got a lot of good advice about not really worrying about the things that you can't change," Tigner said.

"Stay humble and kind and so I talk about being kind and different lessons that people can take on into the next phase of their life," said Killen

"One lesson that definitely stuck with me is, never take what you have for granted," Weigum said.

All but one of the 58 graduates went through the ceremony.

Adyn Kust chose to quarantine so that he will be ready for his U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at Camp Pendleton in California.