It wasn’t the latest Hollywood blockbuster, but the parking lot at Sky-View Drive-In in Litchfield was nearly full on Thursday evening, June 18, for a premier showing of this year’s Litchfield High School graduation ceremony.
Although, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic kept the school district from hosting a typical graduation in the school gym, each senior still had the chance to receive his or her diploma in the gym. For three days in late May, students were given individual time slots where they arrived at the school in their cap and gown. Parents were allowed in the gym as each student received his or her diploma from LHS Principal Doug Hoster.
The entire process was filmed, and each student also had a chance to talk about the teachers who inspired them, what they will miss most about LHS, plans after graduation and advice to underclassman.
This year’s top graduates included valedictorians Anna Baugher and Summer Beckham and the salutatorian was Blake Rentz. All three had a chance to record their remarks, which were also shared on the video.
The graduation video opened with a welcome from Rentz, who is also the class president. It also included many traditional graduation items, like the music of “Pomp and Circumstance” and “Fanfare and Recessional” as well as footage of the LHS band playing the National Anthem on the football field and the choir, accompanied by Ernie Thomack, singing the class song.
Hoster gave special recognition to class sponsors, class mentors, senior seminar advisers, honor graduates, class officers and perfect attendance.
The one-hour graduation movie is now available to the public on the school district’s YouTube channel.