The Trinity High School senior class of 2020 finally caught a break Friday, June 12, as dark, stormy clouds that produced copious rainfall for much of the day departed just in time to let the sun shine through on the graduates’ outdoor commencement ceremonies.

Their senior year began late due to a black mold infestation affecting most of the campus facilities and forcing immediate closure followed by the emergency installation of temporary classrooms. The year progressed through delays and cancellations of sporting events or removal to distant campuses for practices and tournaments.

Then came calamity of a different sort as the coronavirus pandemic resulted in stay-at-home COVID-19 orders issued in March, forcing students to take up distance learning options isolated from teachers, peers and year-end senior traditions.

Through it all, “you never let yourselves become the victim. I am so proud of your resilience. Your strength has encouraged all of us, and I predict you’ll be the most successful class Trinity High School has ever put out,” said Trinity Alps Unified School District Supt. Jaime Green performing the official duty of certifying that the students have met all state graduation requirements.

He ended with a final shout-out, echoed by the graduates, “Once a Wolf, always a Wolf!”

The graduation was originally planned as a stay in your car, drive-up affair due to COVID-19 limitations to curb spread of the virus. Loosening restrictions ultimately allowed for an outdoor ceremony resembling traditional ones of years past, only in reverse. Graduates took socially distanced spaces six feet apart in the football stands while their invited guests set up lawn chairs in separated family plots painted on the football field.

With an eye on the precarious weather, most brought umbrellas as recommended by high school administration given there was no indoor backup plan available with the high school gym remaining closed due to mold, but no rain shelters were needed.

The graduating Trinity High School class numbered 59 students plus six from Alps View High School and three from adult education. Many plan to attend community colleges or state universities in the fall and some will enter the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corp or Universal Technical Institute.

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