Cloudy skies didn’t damper the spirits of Eureka High’s graduating seniors as they gathered in the school parking lot with decorations, floats and costumes to celebrate the end of the school year alongside their peers.
On May 19, Rockwood School District administrators and the Eureka High PTO organized a special event for graduating seniors to help cap off their 2020 school year.
In a time where many senior celebration and lock-ins have been canceled or suspended, the Eureka High Senior Salute Parade provided seniors and their families a chance to join in the fun by decorating their vehicles and driving through a parade route that looped through the school’s parking lot. As vehicles drove through the parade route, Eureka High teachers, Rockwood School Board members, district administrators, and teachers from the district’s feeder schools waved to students they had watched grow up and helped to educate throughout their academic journey. The parade route concluded at the entrance of the high school, where students were greeted by Rockwood School District staff members and Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles.
Students wore everything from formal wear to their graduation gowns, and some even donned grass skirts and tropical summer vacation attire to celebrate the end of the spring semester.
So many students showed up to participate in the event that there was a line of vehicles backed up on northbound Hwy. 109 turn lane waiting to get into the school.
Eureka High seniors will be part of an estimated 2,700 students, including seniors from Marquette, Rockwood Summit, Lafayette and St. Charles County Home Schools Association seniors that will participate in graduation drive-in hosted by POWERplex at the former site of St. Louis Mills Mall in Hazelwood from May 29 to June 10.
While West Newsmagazine was able to attend the Eureka High Senior Salute on May 19, it should be noted that this event is only one of many parades being held by school districts in the West County and beyond.
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