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A non-traditional graduation South Barber's Class of 2020 will never forget


The South Barber Class of 2020 members are: (from left, back row) Gage Cantrell, Bryce Duncan, Zane Lyons, Trevor Rooks, Kutter Jewell, Cody Thayer; (front) Maddison Dotts, Mercedes Rogge, Malayna McKitrick, Takira Blick, Hannah McCullough, Adrienne Allison, Desiree Doherty, Ellie McCullough.

"To quote the Grateful Dead from the song "Truckin'," 'what a long strange trip it's been' these last two months," Grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer told the South Barber Class of 2020 graduates and audience at the outdoor commencement on Main Street in downtown Kiowa, Kansas, Monday, May 18.

The original date for commencement was May 9, however due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, such gatherings were not allowed. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly sent out an order the day before the May 9 graduation that it could not happen until May 18. With school closures since mid-March in an attempt to flatten...

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