The Wilkes Journal-Patriot and Wilkes County Schools are working together to honor the high school class of 2020 in a year that has been like no other.

The newspaper is producing a high school graduation section, despite the COVID-19-related closure of schools for the last 2½ months of the academic year. This special section will include photos of all Wilkes high school seniors and junior marshals this year, plus details about their honors and activities and more about them. 

Wilkes high school seniors and junior marshals are asked to provide this information about themselves on forms and submit these to the Wilkes Journal-Patriot. These accompany this article and can also be found and filled out here (seniors) (junior marshals).

Some of the schools are also sending the forms to students and some have paper copies available. Completed paper forms can be left in a drop box at the front door of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot on Main Street, North Wilkesboro or mailed to "Wilkes Journal-Patriot, Graduation Section, P.O. Box 70, North Wilkesboro, N.C., 28659.

Senior forms ask for the student’s name, gender, high school, names of parents or guardians and town or community where they live, scholarships accepted, school and community honors and activities while in high school and post-high school plans. The forms also ask seniors to briefly share a favorite high school memory or say what high school has meant to them.

Junior marshal forms ask for the same information except scholarships, post high school plans and a favorite high school memory or what high school as meant to them. 

The graduation section is scheduled to appear in the printed newspaper and online in our June 3 issue. It’s being made possible through the cooperation of school staff and support of public-spirited businesses and organizations.

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