by Catherine Flanagan
This past Monday, April 20th, Whetstone along with many other Columbus City Schools, lit up the football field for 20 minutes and 20 seconds at 8:20 pm (20:20 in military time) in honor of the senior class of 2020.
Governor Mike DeWine made the decision to proceed with online education for the rest of the year, meaning that the class of 2020 has already experienced their last day of school, and that their senior year is essentially over. While they still have online school, they will not be returning to the school for classes ever again.
Everyone who went was told to stay in their car in the parking lot and practice safe social distancing. The event was live-streamed on Facebook so everyone could watch, and those at home were encouraged to turn on their porch lights to help celebrate.
There was a good turnout to the parking lot, it started with everyone reuniting with their friends, a safe distance apart, and then everyone was encouraged to drive around the parking lot in a large circle. Students and parents drove around the parking lot a few times, honking their horns, and eventually returned to their original parking spots for the last few minutes.
At 8:40 pm the stadium lights were turned off and slowly everyone made their way out of the parking lot.
Even though their final year was cut short, this event offered closure for many seniors and was a way to remember their high school experience.