Hats off

The Wessington Springs High School graduating class of 2020 tossed their caps for the traditional True Dakotan picture, published annually in the special senior section of the newspaper. Pictured above, shown left to right are graduates: Riley Hines, Chloe Munsen, Monte Azure, Emma Lammey, Landon Wolter, Piper Jones, Seth Tebay, Makayla Dornbusch, Brendin LaBore, Riley Larson, Chelsey Schafer, Ty VonEye, Ethan Stuber-Moralez, Taylor Nelson and James Adair.  

WSHS Graduation can be viewed online at 3 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HURMcC1FwWE or on Venture Channel 382.  The public is welcome to attend by parking in the east parking lot of the elementary and remaining in vehicles. Tune in on 87.9 FM. 

Safely socially distanced from one another for the annual “hats off” photograph in the True Dakotan, members of the Class of 2020 have experienced their senior year during historic times. Amid a public health crisis requiring remote learning, cancellation of spring sports, concerts, plays, prom and much more, the students have persevered despite disappointments. In fact, during senior interviews for this newspaper issue, they shared profound points of view as they reflected on the life-changing circumstances our community, country and world currently face. We encourage you to read more about their observations and future plans in this section of this week's print and e-issue on PAGES 2B AND 5B, generously  sponsored by area businesses and individuals. 

Middle/High School Principal Jason Kolousek, is in a unique position when it comes to this class. As he was beginning his tenure as school principal, this class was beginning preschool. When these students moved from the elementary school to the middle/high school, Kolousek moved with them as he transitioned into the principal for the secondary building. In student reflections in this week's print and e-issues, the unique bond is apparent for the students. 

Principal Kolousek also weighed in on the Class of 2020. “This has been an exceptional class. The high academics, the amount of community service, the amount of activities involved in, and more importantly, the high character of this class is outstanding,” he shared. “I have truly enjoyed working with these seniors.  I know they were looking forward to this spring, but they have handled this situation with class. I have met with them via Zoom a few times and even though I know they were disappointed in missing out on some things, they have been wonderful to work with.”