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Ridgway grads sent off with drive-thru ceremony, parade

  • Ridgway Class of 2020 graduate James “Rivers” Nunn stands during the ceremony Friday night at the Ouray County Fairgrounds. Ridgway’s graduates celebrated in a drive-thru graduation, with participants standing in decorated truck beds for the ceremony before driving through town in a parade.
    Ridgway Class of 2020 graduate James “Rivers” Nunn stands during the ceremony Friday night at the Ouray County Fairgrounds. Ridgway’s graduates celebrated in a drive-thru graduation, with participants standing in decorated truck beds for the ceremony before driving through town in a parade.
  • Ridgway Class of 2020 Valedictorian Andrew Winkelmann hugs high school music teacher Joshua Wohlrabe after delivering his speech Friday night.
    Ridgway Class of 2020 Valedictorian Andrew Winkelmann hugs high school music teacher Joshua Wohlrabe after delivering his speech Friday night.
  • Members of Ridgway’s graduating class gather for the outdoor, drive-thru ceremony.
    Members of Ridgway’s graduating class gather for the outdoor, drive-thru ceremony.
  • A crowd of supporters gathered on Clinton Street cheers for Ridgway graduate Ashley Medina during a parade through town on Friday night.
    A crowd of supporters gathered on Clinton Street cheers for Ridgway graduate Ashley Medina during a parade through town on Friday night.
  • Ridgway graduate Collin Kendall listens as physical education teacher Shawnn Row delivers the keynote speech to the Class of 2020.
    Ridgway graduate Collin Kendall listens as physical education teacher Shawnn Row delivers the keynote speech to the Class of 2020.
  • Ridgway graduate Lily Harrington waves to the crowd Friday night during the parade through town after the drive-thru graduation ceremony at the fairgrounds. Harrington is a fourth-generation graduate of Ridgway, and her graduation marks the end of an 85-year-long era in which the family has had members attending Ridgway schools.
    Ridgway graduate Lily Harrington waves to the crowd Friday night during the parade through town after the drive-thru graduation ceremony at the fairgrounds. Harrington is a fourth-generation graduate of Ridgway, and her graduation marks the end of an 85-year-long era in which the family has had members attending Ridgway schools.
They came in Fords with green and white streamers tied to the door handles, in Dodges strung with flowers like entrants in the Rose Parade, in Jeeps festooned with gold foil balloon letters that spelled out CONGRATS, in Chevys with oversized mortarboards strapped to the top. One by one, the 26 members of the Ridgway High School Class of 2020 lined up in a semicircle at the Ouray County…

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