Jonathan Alder Class of 2020: Facts and photos

(Posted May 27, 2020)

Jonathan Alder Local Schools coordinated a drive-through diploma pickup on the afternoon of May 24 and posted a pre-recorded virtual commencement video to its webpage and social media pages that evening.

Of the 180 students in the class, 46 graduated with honors diplomas and 45 were members of National Honor Society.

The valedictorians and their college plans are: Audrey Davis (The Ohio State University, environment and natural resources), John Harms (Duke University, undecided), Tyler Hilbert (The College of Wooster, business economics and committed to play golf), Jillian Jakse (Youngstown State University, civil engineering), Abigail Moore (University of Cincinnati, biology), Grace Palmatary (Ohio University, film production), Emma Pauly (University of Cincinnati, biomedical engineering), Johnna Puckett (The Ohio State University, animal science), Lily Schaefer (Ohio University, undecided), Kaitlyn Vaughn (Bowling Green State University, early childhood education), and Anina Yokum (Ohio University, nursing).

The salutatorians are: Rachel Clemens (University of Toledo, mechanical engineering major and entrepreneurship minor) and Danica Lipp (The Ohio State University, aerospace engineering and music performance).

The class officers include: Lexie Keaton, president; Zach Hick, vice president; Maddy Grove, secretary; Katie Vaughn, treasurer; Ellie Storts, social media director; and Johnna Puckett, Tolles liaison.

The class flower is a red rose. The class colors are red and black. The class motto is: “Behind us are memories, beside us are friends, before us are dreams that will never end.”

Brianna McCray (left), assistant principal at Jonathan Alder High School, congratulates graduate Emily Walker. On May 24, students drove up to the track at the high school at assigned times to pick up their diplomas. Each student walked across the stage while their name was called. Their photo was displayed on the scoreboard. A professional photographer got shots of each student as they received their diploma, at the brick “A”, and at the car with their families. Parents were permitted to take photos, as well. Superintendent Gary Chapman and school board members arrived in shifts to keep numbers down. Other high school staff were on the grounds to direct traffic.
Jonathan Alder High School Principal Clint Hayes presents Cody Baldwin with his diploma.
Decorated with balloons and posters, the car carrying Jonathan Alder graduate Connor Reed rolls along in a parade held in Plain City on May 23 to honor the Class of 2020.
Jonathan Alder Superintendent Gary Chapman congratulates Zach Hicks as he walks off the stage after receiving his diploma.
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