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SUNNYSIDE — Carrying out high school graduation ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic has been an ongoing challenge as campus plans were repeatedly revised by local health officials, placing severely restrictive conditions on public gatherings, testing the resolve of students and their parents, along with administrators as Yakima County remains in Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.

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YVC students, listed by hometown, earning spots on the winter 2020 president’s list having maintained a quarterly grade point average of 3.85 or higher are the following:

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SUNNYSIDE — State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced on Thursday, June 11, that all schools across the state of Washington will reopen their doors in fall for the 2020-2021 school year and on Friday, June 12, Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation outlining the state’s plan to safely reopen schools following the Safe Start phased approach.

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LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY — As the academic year of 2020 draws to a close, Grandview, Granger, and Zillah High Schools have said farewell to their seniors by unconventional though necessary means via virtual graduation and parades to maintain social distancing guidelines.

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PROSSER — The 2020 Mustangs celebrated their gradation in style as they paraded their decorated vehicles through town at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6.

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SUNNYSIDE — The 2020 graduation is sure to be one to remember for generations to come as it looks unlike its predecessors as Sunnyside School District announces a processional following Washington State Department of Health guidelines.

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SUNNYSIDE — Close to 450 excited seniors drove to the campus and picked up their Class of 2020 senior signs, which could be displayed in the front yard at home were appreciatively passed out by a handful of faculty and students beginning around 2:45 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

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ZILLAH — First year paraprofessional Noe Gonzalez has been on the frontline helping students in ways he never expected while learning how traditional teaching methods are expanding beyond the textbook to meet online instruction objectives, stay-at-home orders, and for one day becoming a teacher.

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SUNNYSIDE — Back on the fourth day of spring practice, senior Mike Rivera was participating in hurdle mobility drills with about 130 of his Grizzly track teammates in preparation for the upcoming season – eight days later, school and all extracurricular activities, including sports were suspended due to COVID-19.

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SUNNYSIDE — Sunnyside Christian High School math teacher Jeremy Van Dam misses being able to interact with his students the most as he grapples with the challenges of teaching remotely.

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ZILLAH — Zillah School District (ZSD) has worked diligently to prepare for the continuing online education and launched their digital devices on Friday, April 24 according to assistant Superintendent and Director of Special Programs Justin Irion.

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SUNNYSIDE — 15-year-old Sophomore Artemio Gonzalez walked up to Sunnyside High School Monday, April 13 looking to obtain his digital device so he can get back to learning.

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YAKIMA — Students interested in getting a high school diploma, GED, or learning to speak English, can now enroll at Yakima Valley College’s “College & Career Readiness program at campuses and learning centers.

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Yakima can only move through its re-opening phases if the county shows a significant drop in the coronavirus infection rate. To do this, we must work together and wear masks. Wearing a mask will reduce the spread of the virus. (Source: Yakima County Health District)

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