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Watch now: AHS sends off Class of 2020

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Auburn High Senior Sendoff

Auburn City Schools celebrated its Auburn High School senior class Thursday night by holding a sunset sendoff. Auburn High seniors had their graduation ceremony cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. School staff lined up outside cheering on graduating seniors like Hannah Morris as they drove by before fireworks began.

Auburn High School gave a belated farewell Thursday to its Class of 2020, throwing a graduation party as unlikely as everything else that’s happened since COVID-19 ended the school year prematurely.

Teachers from the high school, as well as Auburn City Schools, lined the top of the south drive on the campus and cheered with pompoms, signs, noisemakers and more.

Amy Godwin, a first-grade teacher at Richland Elementary, was keeping an eye out for her daughter Taylor. She said Taylor coped well with finishing high school without the usual rites of a senior year.

“She handled it like a champion,” Amy quipped, referring to the banner she and her co-workers were waving at the passing students.

Seniors slow rolled up the drive — often chauffeured by parents in the family truck or SUV — and waved like the Windsors all the way to far end of the parking lot, where they gathered with their classmates for the WLEE 96.3 Sunset Sendoff Radio Special and fireworks.

Hannah Morris and her family cruised by in a slate Toyota Tundra festooned with blue and white balloons, a sign (“The Tassels were Worth the Hassle”) and her in the back with a big smile.

“I think it’s really cute,” said Morris, who is headed to Southern Union this fall and, eventually, to Jacksonville State to study psychology. “It’s a lot better than I expected … I cried when I saw some of my teachers.”

Classmates agreed that it was a good end to a weird year.

“Auburn has done great with what they could do with this,” said Luker Davidson, who is headed to Auburn University to study biosystems engineering. “They did a great job of making this a great graduation.”

“I thought this was a good way to bring the students back for one last ‘going home’ thing,” said Conner Popwell, who will pursue an HVAC certificate at Southern Union.

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