Graduation 2020: Stormy skies don’t dampen spirits at Mountain Vista event


After being postponed by both COVID-19 and lightning, the Mountain Vista High School class of 2020 finally graduated the evening of June 26. 

Only 10 minutes into the ceremony, an announcement came that EchoPark Stadium had to be vacated due to nearby lightning. Students, teachers and loved ones crowded the parking lots, waiting for the message of “all clear.”

Jokes could be heard from parents asking their seniors “Are you ever going to graduate?”

After about 40 minutes, the event was allowed to continue. 

Graduate McClain Easton kicked things off.

“You all enter the future with the potential to build the life you choose for yourself,” he said to his peers. “You have the ability to make a difference within yourself and impact those around you if you embody what it means to be a Golden Eagle.”

During the ceremony, senior Emma Holt performed an original poem titled “Superpower.”

“In your fingertips, magic exists. You have the power to create the life you want. So stop searching,” she said. “Everything you need to survive and succeed is already within you. Channel your superpower and let your magic shine through.”

In his address, Principal Michael Weaver commented on the pain the class of 2020 has endured by missing so many of their senior year traditions.

“Your last in-person memory of Vista may very well be February. Every expert everywhere agrees, that does suck.” he said. “This does and will define you. It will define you in similar ways to the kids graduating in 1929 or 1942 or 1968 or 2001.”

He also added that he believes this to be one of the most successful, talented and dynamic classes to ever graduate from the Douglas County School District.

“You’ve already left a lasting impression on our community,” he said. “Now, everyone else needs you.”


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