St. Helens High School (SHHS) seniors graduated during a rainy drive-through ceremony on Friday, June 11.

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Despite rainy weather, SHHS seniors graduated on Friday, June 11. (Pictured: Nicholas Brooks).

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In 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns, the SHHS graduation was held at the St. Helens courthouse, and graduates drove up to the plaza, collected their diploma, and drove through the plaza loop. 

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The 2021 graduation took similar form, and graduates drove up to the courthouse and walked up the steps to collect their diplomas. Almost 200 seniors graduated.

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Graduate Tyler Roady yells victoriously after receiving his diploma during the SHHS drive-through graduation at the Columbia County Courthouse in St. Helens, on June 11.

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Despite wind and rain, spirits were high among SHHS graduates and faculty.  seniors graduated. Due to the nature of the graduation, there weren't any speeches, but seniors were applauded by district staff and school faculty.

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On Thursday night, June 10, a Senior Celebration at the Doc Ackerson Stadium on the SHHS campus featured all of the annual speakers and presentations from the school's traditional academic award assembly, senior assembly, and commencement. 

The high school plans to return to the regular graduation ceremony at the high school for 2022.

 
 
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