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Community celebrates Dunsmuir grads

Shareen Strauss
Mount Shasta Herald

The town of Dunsmuir came out to celebrate both Dunsmuir’s elementary and high school graduates by lining the main street in town with orange, black and white balloons, banners with each student’s name and many people holding congratulation signs to show their support.

Led by the Dunsmuir/Castella Fire Department, buses and cars covered with streamers and signs slowly paraded through town to share in the celebration of the 17 high school grads and six eighth grade graduates.

Though scaled down to just immediate family to allow plenty of room for social distancing, both schools held graduation ceremonies in their respective gymnasiums on Friday.

Dunsmuir Superintendent and Principal Ray Kellar told the students, “My challenge to you would be to reach your full potential. You entered Dunsmuir High four short years ago, and now you are off to make your own mark in society. I have no doubt that you will all make us proud. I have enjoyed these last four years, and look forward to hearing about your journey into the future. Keep in touch! Congratulations to the Tigers of 2020, and Thank You for being part of our family.”

DHS Student Body President Carlos Flores gave a speech toasting each of his fellow classmates. Historian Joseph Melton, Salutatorian Sydney Palmer, and Valedictorian Maia Wilson, also came up to talk at the podium.