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Princeton High School seniors get one last ride

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PRINCETON (WVVA) -- On what was supposed to be their graduation night, Princeton Senior High School's Class of 2020 was honored in a different way; as parents of the senior class took it upon themselves to give them the sendoff they deserve.

"They have had a lot of stuff taken away from them," said Mandy Brown, senior parent and organizer. "I just wanted to get all of the seniors together in some way, shape or form, and let them have one last hoo-rah together."

"As a parent, we just wanted to do something to make our children, and the children they grew up with, feel special," added senior parent Beth Haynes. "And let them know they're important during this time when everything's been more difficult than it should be."

The senior parents organized a parade around the town, ending with a 'cruise-in' celebration down Mercer Street.

For the seniors, however, it was more than just a celebration - because being together is what graduation is about.

"On that last day, we didn't know it was going to be our last day of school," said PSHS senior Matthew Hillyer. "So today's the day we can go around and say our last goodbyes that we didn't get to."

"It means everything to see everyone's faces one last time before we graduate," added senior Peyton Brown.

"We didn't get a goodbye," added senior Erin Wellman. "We needed this. I just really wanted to see my friends and my classmates one more time."

Pikeview High School will host a similar parade through the town of Athens this Tuesday. Line-up will begin at PVHS around 6:30 pm.

Bluefield High School will celebrate its graduating class next Friday. Line-up will begin at BHS at 6:00 pm.

Jade Burks

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