To the editor:

On behalf of the Ripon Area School District Class of 2020:

Thank you to the whole community for supporting the Ripon 2020 graduates.

From setting up lawn signs to offering free ice cream on graduation day, (thank you Sweet n’ Salty and Culvers of Ripon!), all of your generosity means a lot.

Also, thank you so much to the local businesses and organizations that provided all the Ripon 2020 graduates with the gift of chamber bucks. With the last few months being far from easy to deal with and understand, everyone’s support has made this drastic life change simpler.

Six months ago, I was looking forward to my last soccer season, senior night, the senior class party, and most importantly, graduation. Never would I have thought that these events would soon turn into a dream, not a memory.

Over these past few months, l have learned to wipe all my plans for 2020 away and start with a clean slate. Graduation is a symbol of all of our hard work from the past 12 years and serves as a way to celebrate our time together amongst family and friends.

From seeing hundreds of Riponites lining the streets on the caravan route to our blown up senior pictures shining in the morning sun, there were tears in my eyes the entire time. It was a mix of emotions knowing that the next time I may see some of my classmates will be our 10-year reunion.

For weeks following the graduation, I have told family members and co-workers about how special and put together the modified graduation ceremony was.

The time spent planning, putting together, and organizing this event is greatly appreciated by the administration, graduates, and their families.

The caravan may not have been the graduation “ceremony” we had all originally hoped for, but the caravan and the way we received our diplomas were beyond special.

Also, thank you so much again to everyone for the constant support and coming together as a community to make the modified graduation day unforgettable.

To my fellow seniors from Ripon and the communities around us: “We are all in this together.” We will be able to tell our kids and grandchildren about how we had to wait in line to get into the grocery store and wear a mask out in public.

Good luck wherever you go and whatever your future holds!

— Amelia Taylor

326 Spaulding Ave.

Ripon High School class of 2020

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