(MITCHELL) – It was a day filled with excitement, smiles, and most of all a day of reconnecting with classmates on Saturday morning as the 145th graduating class of Mitchell High School lined up for the senior parade.
This year will be one for the history books and memories for this senior class who’s school year was altered by a worldwide pandemic.
In the past three months, the students attended school from home.
Students missed out on many traditions of this year’s senior class.
“We usually have a senior breakfast, senior skip day, and the class trip to Holiday World,” said Senor Ethan Duncan. “I am grateful though that Mayor J.D. England, School Resource Officer Rob German, and Dr. Wilcox allowed us to have this parade today,” Duncan added.
“I miss some of the sporting events we have,” continued Duncan, who is a track and field athlete.
The seniors lined up their vehicles at the Mitchell Park and Pool where each of the seniors was given a t-shirt with each of their names listed.
On the back of the shirt, it included the theme: “Our last year was cut short… Our futures won’t be.”
“I plan on attending Ivy Tech University to be a phlebotomist,” stated senior Shelbi Cauble.
“Today, I looked forward to saying good-bye to many of my friends. I missed meeting up with them and the many sporting events we missed out on at the end of the school year,” said Alfredo Arana.
Arana plans on joining the Air Force after graduation.
“I believe the Air Force pays a little bit better and I’m excited about being part of the military,” Arana concluded.
The Mitchell business community and residents turned out Saturday taking seats along the parade route from the park and pool, down Hancock Avenue, Mitchell High School Campus, and along the Main street business district, from the downtown area to the west end.
Many signs of support lined the parade route.
“I have had many of these students from third grade on up. These students are very special to me and the future looks bright for them,” stated Cori Henry, long time Teacher’s Aide for Mitchell Community Schools.
The parade was led by Mitchell Community Schools Resource Officer Rob German, the Mitchell Fire Department, and the Marion Township Fire Department.
The students rode in cars, race cars, golf carts, and some rode horses.
Approximately 105 students will receive diplomas this year. The Mitchell High School Graduation will be held on July 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Mitchell High School. The prom will be held the next night on July 25 at Mitchell High School.