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ECHS holds graduation exercises

With smiles on their faces, 89 Escambia County seniors received high school diplomas May 21 at a graduation ceremony in an uncertain time at Blue Devils Stadium.

Family members and graduates sat six feet apart during the ceremony.

Class of 2020 Salutatorian Divya Patel thanked those who helped her class made it this far.

“I know that this is not the senior year that we expected,” Patel said. “None of us realized that March 13 would be our last day of high school. However, I’m really excited to start a new chapter of my life.

“I would like to thank my family members for always being there for me and for their constant love and encouragement,” she said.

Valedictorian Kayley Johnson said the ceremony marked the beginning of a new era for each graduating senior.

“For the past few years, we have all worked so hard to prove everyone wrong about us,” Johnson said. “They thought we would fail and give up. But we didn’t.

“We kept pushing forward no matter what life threw at us,” she said. “It is this keeping pushing forward and not giving up that would pave the way for a bright future during these trying times.”

Each graduate received their diploma from former Principal Dennis Fuqua with assistance from Principal Amy Cabaniss.