Marilyn Hagerty: High school grads are rolling with the punches with changed ceremonies and memories

Marilyn Hagerty

Life goes on, but the school calendar has been all mixed up at the end of May 2020. You wonder what the seniors graduating this weekend will tell their children 20 or 30 years from now about the coronavirus.

Graduation for the alternative Community High School was scheduled in the parking lot Thursday evening. Graduation will be improvised as drive-thru events Sunday for Central and Red River High School.

Alex McArthur who is graduating from Central High School says at first it was a real bummer -- missing out on the celebrations at the end of high school. Then he says he thought there is nothing anyone could done about it.

“You just have to roll with the punches,” he said.

His plans have not changed. He decided long ago he wants to attend UND and major in mechanical engineering. Among his favorite teachers at Red River High School has been Jayson Heydt.


Rachel Craig says you don’t realize how much you are missing. ‘’It’s your friends, your school, graduation parties.’’ While she is a member of a musical family, she has plans to study electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Peter Loyland will remember Central as a great high school. He is philosophical about the abrupt closing. He wouldn’t wish it on other classes. But he will always remember the success at Central in soccer and hockey. He’s planning to move on college at St. Olaf in Northfield, Minn. The same school attended by his parents Mike and Kara.

A drive-thru event with her family wasn’t exactly what Alyssa Muus had in mind for her graduation from Red River High School on Sunday. She said, “We’re all trying to make the best of what is happening. . . though honestly, it’s a little disappointing.”

As a cheerleader, she says, “We are all trying to look on the bright side.”

For her, there are memories of cheerleading. She plans to work this summer and go on to UND. There she will continue cheerleading. And majoring in marketing and business classes.

Cole, Tricia, Christian

Cheerful people of the week: Cole and Tricia Reimann. Runner up – Christian Reimann

The Reimann family was nominated for heroic efforts on May 19. On that morning, a family of nine little ducklings fell into a storm drain near the Reimann home behind Walmart and Fire Station No. 3. And they were rescued heroically and released to safety with help of the firemen. All to the delight of Christian, who is 2.

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