DHS Class of 2020 overcomes challenges for a rewarding finish

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Two schools merging, the coronavirus pandemic just to name a couple of challenges that led to making history. The Dothan class of 2020 is known as the first class to howl in excitement.

“They’ve had to overcome a lot of things that the normal graduating class would have not and this class has done exceptionally well and I’m extremely proud of em. An amazing group of students,” Principal Bill Singleton said.

Due to COVID-19, one of the ideas that came up about a month ago was a drive-thru commencement. But, after Gov. Ivey released the amended safer at home order the school decided to reward a class of over 500 students what they worked hard for all year — walking across that stage.

Although it was still divided into six ceremonies, Madison Houston, a valedictorian of the class says it was great to experience the emotion as a wolfpack.

“Just to be in the civic center today in downtown Dothan I’m very excited to see everyone and its great we actually get to walk and our family can come and see us and its not in a car hahaha,” Houston said.

As for the graduates, they say the learning is not going to stop here. They have some big plans in store as the real world is quickly approaching.

“I plan to go to auburn and I plan to go into the medical field. I just want to help people and I’ll be there with friends and family. I’m the first generation in my family to go to college,” Houston said.

“I did wanna go to the military but not any more so my plans are to be a police officer,” Janiya Dubose said.

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