HURON — On a steamy summer afternoon, approximately two months after the original was slated to occur, the Huron High School class of 2020 was able to hold in-person commencement ceremonies.
The event, which took place Sunday afternoon on Tiger Field, was the culmination of a senior year unlike any that preceded it and, hopefully, unlike others to follow. A total of 149 graduates were listed on Sunday’s program, 57 of them honor graduates, with 24 graduating with highest honors.
Superintendent Terry Nebelsick noted that the Class of 2020 was present as each of the school buildings in the district underwent massive construction projects, from the elementary level, “to last year, as we began remodeling the high school around you.” He said that the class just seemed to take things in stride and never let the construction projects interfere with their learning.
HHS Librarian Rachel Kary, herself a 2003 HHS graduate, was the speaker chosen by the class for its commencement address. She challenged the class to keep their senior year in perspective and to face each challenge that they have with the same determination to overcome obstacles that they had shown for the past year. “Challenges will come at you for the rest of your life,” she said. “Be ready and take them on.”
Senior class president Nathan Gauer, as well as Kary, paid homage to teacher and coach Tom Baszler, who passed away unexpectedly on April 18. A sign for “Basz’s Mafia,” the moniker adopted by the popular teacher’s homeroom students, adorned the visiting fan’s bleachers on the east side of the field.
Gauer also took a moment to thank those graduates who were not able to attend, as they had chosen to join the armed forces and were already in the middle of basic training.
Nebelsick said that in his years as a school administrator, never have so many worked so hard to make sure that the students — and their parents — were able to enjoy a graduation ceremony.