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STOCKBRIDGE – On May 17, the Stockbridge Youth Council honored high school graduates in the area with a “honk and wave” parade.

With the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic rendering traditional high school graduation ceremonies unfeasible, the Stockbridge Youth Council, as well as the Stockbridge Youth Advisory Board and various community volunteers organized the parade as a way to celebrate the area’s high school graduates while maintaining social distancing.

“Every year we honor our students, and we had to come up with a safe and innovative way to show the seniors of the Stockbridge Youth Council just how proud we are of them,” said Stockbridge Youth Council Advisory Board Chairperson Erika Harvey in a release. “Although COVID-19 has put a damper on what most graduating high school students would consider their most memorable year, it was important that the Stockbridge Youth Council demonstrate the community pride of Stockbridge during these unique and trying moments.”

The high school seniors of the Stockbridge Youth Council came outside of their homes to receive cheers, car honks and claps from the coordinators and fellow neighbors.

“COVID-19 will not break our community,” said Stockbridge Youth Council Chairperson Jayden Williams in a release. “We are forever Stockbridge Strong and Henry Strong. Our seniors have worked hard, and we are so proud of them.”

Members of the Stockbridge Youth Council honored include Sanaya Alexander, who is going to Fort Valley State University; VaSanti Brock, going to Tuskegee University; Jalen Jenkins, going to Albany State University; Kyla Jordan, going to Clark Atlanta University; Aaliyah Lott, going to Albany State University; and Nadiyah Timmons, going to Temple University.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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