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Community organizes event to honor Wayne High School seniors

The car parade in Huber Heights will celebrate Wayne High School’s gradution. Pictured is a car parade for Ruth Bayley’s 100th birthday. Friends and family drove past her in front of the Hearth & Home care center. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
The car parade in Huber Heights will celebrate Wayne High School’s gradution. Pictured is a car parade for Ruth Bayley’s 100th birthday. Friends and family drove past her in front of the Hearth & Home care center. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

The Wayne High School Class of 2020 will get to celebrate graduation with a special car parade.

Ross Huntington, the organizer of the event and the founder of American Ross, said he organized it to bring the class together one last time on May 24. Huntington said about 200 seniors have registered so far. Several Wayne High School mothers have helped organize the event, Huntington said.

The car parade is not sponsored or organized by the Huber Heights City School district, said district spokesman Zack Frink. The high school will be holding a separate graduation ceremony.

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May 22 through May 24, the district plans to have graduation ceremonies in the auditorium, main gym, the student entrance and the cafeteria.

These ceremonies will take place on May 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Senior families will need to sign up for time slots to formally receive their student’s diploma and take pictures.

There will be a photographer, announcer and a board of education member on hand to congratulate and support graduates at each of the venues. Students will be allowed to bring six family members with them.

Frink said the parade is a nice way to support the Class of 2020 and said the graduation planned by the district works well with the parade schedule.

Graduating seniors can start checking in at Thomas Cloud Park at noon that Saturday.

Seniors can take a photo in front of a green screen, to later be put digitally into a class photo; get a senior gift box; or get food from a food truck vendor, Huntington said.

Gift boxes will include a carnation, a commemorative plaque and gift cards or coupons from local businesses.

The parade route will start at 4 p.m. The last car will cross the end of the parade around 5:45 p.m., Huntington said.

Huntington said the city is looking into shutting down Chambersburg Road for the parade, but the route has not yet been finalized.

The route will follow the senior banners hung up around Huber Heights.

“I want to give these seniors the graduation that they deserve and give these new adults an example of what a community can do when it pulls together,” Huntington said.

Huntington organized another car parade in Huber Heights in April.

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Huntington is asking participants to sign up for the event through a free ticketing system to be able to better enforce the safety guidelines set forth by the Public Health Department. Anyone who gets a ticket must read and agree to follow the guidelines.

Huntington said the group is seeking donations from businesses and sponsorship to fund the parade, group photo and senior gift boxes.

The group has already raised about $400 in personal donations from members of the community.

To learn more about the event, go to the parade's Facebook page.

Wayne High School still plans to hold a formal graduation ceremony on July 12 at Wright State’s Nutter Center, if permitted under state guidelines then.