Dollar Bay School hosts unique graduation ceremony
DOLLAR BAY – Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools will hold its unique 2020 Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at the Dollar Bay Baseball Park. The honored seniors will be seated along the fence of the ball field, facing the parking lot in golf carts. Families will be in parked vehicles facing the graduates, to comply with social distancing requirements. Friends and extended family are invited to park at Quincy’s Restaurant or on Main Street. Others are invited to listen or watch from home.
The ceremony will include speeches by Class Valedictorian Ashton Janke, Class Salutatorian David Storm, Class President Louise Carlson, Guidance Counselor Jesse Kentala, and Superintendent-Principal Christina Norland. Donna Engman, School Board President, will present the diplomas. The ceremony will be broadcast by 93.5/The Mix, thanks to Dirk Hembroff, and the ceremony will be live-streamed on Dollar Bay High School’s Facebook page by Kristin Ojaniemi of Oja Media, so even those who aren’t able to park near the ballpark venue can watch and listen. Local photographers Michelle Anderson and Kassy Kallio will take pictures at the ceremony which will be shared, free of charge, with graduates’ families. The Calumet Golf Course has offered to provide needed golf carts for some of the seniors to use. What a wonderful community!
Following the ceremony, a Dollar Bay fire truck will lead the golf cart-riding graduates in a parade, following a route along Main Street and Fir, to the school building, which is currently in the midst of a major construction project.
Founded in 1914, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools is a K-12 district of approximately 340 students, with a teaching staff of 21, recognized in recent years for academic excellence.