The Parks of Stonecrest and The Terraces hold community parade for 2020 grads

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The COVID19 pandemic may have shutdown their graduation ceremonies, but the virus couldn’t steal their joy. The Parks of Stonecrest and The Terraces– two communities in Stonecrest, GA– held a parade to honor their graduates on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Stonecrest City Councilman Jimmy Clanton provided protective masks for the event as cheering neighbors, relatives and friends, following the state’s mandated social distancing due to the coronavirus, came together to salute the students. A caravan of decorated vehicles rolled through the communities honking their horns in celebration.

The communities congratulated the following graduates:

Matoaka Wilson-Tuskegee University

Nadiyah Swann-Miller Grove HS

Sydney Wilson-Georgia State University

Torey Taylor-Arabia Mountain HS

DeAndre Carter -Lithonia HS

Clayton Hyderkhan-Lithonia HS

William Taylor II-Arabia Mountain HS

Dinah Dorsey-Lithonia HS

Christian Peterson-Lithonia HS

Justin Turner-Arabia Mountain HS

Ethan Childs-Southwest DeKalb HS

Keanunna Gamble-University of Texas

Emanni Bates-FAMU, Miss FAMU

Sorenna Stewart-Georgia Piedmont College

Jasiah Mike-Oviedo HS

Special thanks to Edwina Clanton for videotaping the event and Brenda Ausberry & Brenda Williams, who served as coordinators for the historic special day.  

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One comment

  • S

    May 20, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Looking at that made me think about the day I graduated from high school and college..days that I’ll never forget.

    I visited a friend’s house a couple of weeks where I saw signs of graduates mostly coming out of high school and a couple of others from middle school. Though they’re werent my kids,I still commend their achievements and their next assignment for their lives.

    When the Covid-19 pandemic came out,intitally,I was saddened thinking about how many kids missed out on their proms,dances and especially for many..graduations. If I was a parent of a 2020 graduate..like their kids ,it would have disappointed me to oblivion but as these people reminded me..it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

    Some colleges/ high schools also say that they’re off until later months.Whether the graduates are able to/ not able to conduct traditional graduation ceremonies, all should be celebrated . Hopefully,things will be get better in 2021.

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