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Indian Valley graduates throw their caps one more time in Indian Valley regardless of where they actually graduated from since the Dixie Fire closed their school for the year. Photo by Anna Lawson

Greenville honors its would-have-been graduates

By Meg Upton

     Five students who would have made up the class of 2022 at Greenville High School came back to their school—closed this year by the Dixie Fire—on Saturday morning June 11 to be celebrated by their community.

     The idea for this celebration came from beloved Greenville High School culinary teacher Judy Dolphin. Like all Plumas County students, GHS students had grown up together in Indian Valley and due to the Dixie Fire school closure wound up graduating from other PUSD schools as well as Lassen High School in Susanville. As GHS was closed this year, Dolphin spent this year teaching at Chester High School. She wanted to do something special for the students who were flung all over the region and did not get to spend their last year together.

     For those that attended the ceremony, it was an amazing experience of coming together of community to celebrate the hope, optimism and beauty that this spring in Indian Valley now represents. As community members sat on the field, the mountains surrounding are now a patchwork of new green growth springing forth among the brown burn scars. The symbolism of newly minted young adult graduates in the valley that has lost so much was not lost. It is the young adults of Indian Valley that will help in its rebuilding.

     Various community members and organizations got together on Saturday morning to fete the students accomplishments in the face of an adversity that overwhelmed the community this year. People donated time, food, money to pull off a celebration on the GHS football field for students.

     Dolphin put out the call earlier in the spring for any and all students to comeback on this day, dressed in the cap and gown they graduated in last week. Five students answered that call and showed up to be celebrated by their community.

     A television news channel came from outside of the area to film the event as well.

Greenville High School students who graduated on Friday night throughout Plumas and Lassen counties, come back to the football field at GHS on Saturday morning to be celebrated by Indian Valley. From left: Jennessa Jaimes, Chloe Copeland, Wade Neer, Fawn Joseph, and Ashlyn Heard. Photo by Anna Lawson
Ashlyn Heard gives a heartfelt speech on Saturday, June 11, during a celebration of Class of 2022. Photo by Anna Lawson
Beloved retired science teacher Travis Rubke greets Wade Neer and Chloe Copeland on Saturday morning. Photo by Anna Lawson
Music teacher Jane Brown conducts a band of volunteers from across the county to serve as GHS’ band for its graduation celebration. Photo by Anna Lawson
Wade Neer gets a heartfelt hug from celebration organizer Judy Dolphin. Photo by Anna Lawson

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