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From The News-Courier staff—
The three Knox County high schools managed to dodge the storms last week and honored their classes of 2020 in outside ceremonies at their respective football stadiums.
A total of 50 seniors—23 from Munday, 19 from Knox City and 8 from Benjamin—received their diplomas while friends and family watched. In addition, eighth graders at O’Brien and Benjamin were honored.
After the ceremony for O’Brien had to be delayed a little last Friday night because of rain, Knox City moved its graduation to 10 a.m. Saturday. Friday night ceremonies at Benjamin and Munday went as planned.
As customary, the top two grads from each school made presentations to their fellow classmates.
Salutatorian Jalen Barrientez of Benjamin was honored with two scholarships, a $1,000 grant from Citizens Bank and a $250 grant as winner of the #LiveLifeLikeLexi scholarship while valedictorian Savannah Hawkins claimed the $500 The Annie Ozella Jones Memorial Scholarship.
In addition, Hope Durham received the $1,000 Citizens Bank Scholarship, Braden Garza the Robert Coffman Memorial Science Scholarship and Fernando Torres the $1,000 Orient Lodge #950 award.
Scholarship winners from the other schools will be announced next week.
(See special graduation section on B1-B8)