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Drive-thru grads: Hancock seniors given parade Saturday

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Saturday morning’s Hancock High School graduation parade was well attended, with hundreds of community members showing support for the graduating seniors.

HANCOCK — Hancock High School conducted its Senior Graduation Commencement Ceremony Saturday morning, in spite of chilly temperatures, high winds, and the threat of rain. The ceremony was conducted at the Hancock High School football field, where immediate family members of graduating students could attend while practicing social distancing and other measures intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“Thanks to all (who) were able to take part in the High School Graduation Parade, and those relatives of graduates that were able to attend the closed graduation ceremony,” said Superintendent Steve Patchin Monday. “My team greatly appreciates your flexibility and patience with our last-minute changes needed to comply with CDC (Center of Disease Control and prevention), state, and local health department compliance recommendations.”

Patchin said that there were many additions, such as the parade, and student performances, which may become traditions of future graduates.

“This group is leaving a positive mark on our community and younger peers,” said Patchin, “as they move on to grander ambitions.”

Patchin stated in a Monday email that he wanted to pass on a link to a fundraiser, which is a tribute to former Hancock City Manager, Barry Givens. The fundraiser is led by Barry’s brother, Ted, and the funds will be used to help with outstanding lunch balances for students which will benefit both struggling families and the Hancock School District as it moves into a time of reduced budgets.

The GoFundMe can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nufvj6?utm_source=facebook.

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