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Tazewell seniors honored with graduation parade

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TAZEWELL, Va (WVVA) What was supposed to be a night high school seniors look forward to , was put to a stop by the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduation for Tazewell High School seniors looked a little different as over 80 cars lined up to parade throughout the town.

"We were supposed to graduate tonight and that didn't happen," said senior Carson Noel. He says he's thankful for the town and school came together to create the event for the 'final hurrah'.

One senior says she's surprised at the number of classmates who showed up to participate. "I was really worried it was only going to be like a few people because some people were like no one's going to come they were really iffy about it," said Hannah Hash.

"This could be the last time I see all of my classmates together in one place," said Hash.

Mayor Michael Hoops knew the students needed one final send off, so what better way than riding around town in front of friends, family, and neighbors.

"When I was driving down there's numerous cars lined up from main street all the way down to here," said Hoops. "...just to watch these kids drive through and wave congratulations and let them know they're special."

Students made a special stop at the high school football field where they received a gift from the school and cheers from teachers. One night students certainly won't forget.

Ashley Smith

Multimedia Journalist

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