Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus situation, members of the Wellston High School (WHS) Class of 2020 did not get to enjoy some of the traditional events and activities that a senior would normally experience in the final months of the school year.

There was no prom, no academic awards program, no spring sports, and no spring musical. Worst of all, the seniors will not get to be part of a traditional Graduation Program before a large audience composed of family members and friends.

But the star-crossed WHS Class of 2020 got something other classes have not had -- a Senior Cruise conducted in their honor through the downtown streets of Wellston. The event, concocted by a group of senior parents, was conducted last Saturday evening, May 16. Local governmental leaders such as Mayor Charlie Hudson endorsed and promoted the project and parents and community members were invited to line the streets to show support and cheer on the seniors. A number of downtown businesses even decorated their windows for the occasion.

The seniors were the main attraction in a parade which started on Ohio Avenue at the old Kroger lot, turned left on Broadway, then right on Pennsylvania Avenue to Second Street before making a final turn back onto Ohio Avenue. The Wellston Police Department provided traffic-control services.

Rocket Pizza, located on Ohio Avenue, was a prime supporter as the business had a DJ (Jim Spencer) on the patio playing music and announcing the names of the seniors as they drove by.

Mayor Hudson, who streamed a live video of the Senior Cruise, felt it was a big success and described it as “uplifting.” He would like to see the event conducted on an annual basis and perhaps become part of the regular Wellston High School Alumni Association activities, which are traditionally held the same weekend as the WHS graduation. Hudson’s Facebook post on this idea has drawn a large and very favorable response.

In the place of a traditional Graduation Program, WHS seniors took part in a virtual video program, which will make its premiere showing at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, on the Wellston City Schools Facebook page.