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Horns honked, parents cheered and Firebird seniors waved with pride as Southern Nash High School held its first-ever graduation parade Saturday.
The processional was planned as a way to recognize Southern Nash grads in the community since the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools from holding traditional commencement ceremonies.
Supporters lined the parade route in Bailey, Middlesex and Spring Hope and at points between the three towns that form the bulk of Southern Nash’s attendance district. Performing double duty was Southern Nash graduate Kacey Cooper, a student journalist who’s worked as a freelance reporter for SouthernNashNews.com and whose work has also appeared in The Enterprise. Cooper photographed spectators for the Nash County publications while participating in the parade.
Southern Nash High will hold its virtual graduation ceremony featuring a video of seniors accepting their diplomas at 11 a.m. May 30.