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Tallahassee church honors seniors with graduation parade

Posted at 6:38 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 06:38:25-04

Traditional Graduations have been taken away for many this year due to the coronavirus.

But despite this we had a weekend packed with ceremonies.

Escorted by a sheriffs deputy high school seniors of Centerville Trace Neighborhood were given a graduation parade families say they'll never forget.

"This neighborhood represents several different high schools across Leon county. And we were all very disappointed that we could not have a traditional graduation that we all dream about," said Lisa Medcalf.

Instead, 12th graders loaded up in vehicles and boats to drive around a neighborhood full of supporting neighbors.

"I've been really looking forward to walking across the stage and such. That was kind of a big deal for me. But, I'm really grateful that so many people obviously care," said Elizabeth Medcalf, a Senior at Lincoln High School.

"It's pretty cool. The community is helping out a lot. I've never experienced anything like this, or seen anything like this. I think it's pretty cool," said Maverick Gunn, a Senior at Florida High.

Across town 12th grade churchgoers were celebrated at Killearn United Methodist.

"All of the other classes, you see they get a graduation and everything, so it kind of sucks not having something, but I think it's cool to see the community come together and doing something for us. Makes us feel loved," said Jeff Willcox, a Senior at Chiles High School.

Johnathan Lefler/youth ministries director: "I don't know how I would've done it if I was a student. It's hurtful to see that, that they have to miss a lot of their great senior experiences. So, I just wanted to give them something else, the church to give them a chance to celebrate them," said Johnathan Lefler, a Youth Ministries Director.

The Big Bend community joined together and showed their support for graduates on Sunday, one honk at a time.