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Canby High School's graduating class of 2020 gets new, six-foot 'senior rock'

At least one good thing has come because of the COVID-19 pandemic: Canby High School's new senior rock.

In her planning for the class of 2020's alternate graduation ceremony this year, Associate Principal Kimie Carroll came across some schools that had a senior rock.

"I'm like, you know what, I'm going to get that," Carroll said.

So she did.

And what is it exactly? It is a literal rock from Canby Landscaping, 6 feet in diameter, placed in front of the school and dedicated to not only this year's seniors, but all of Canby High's seniors to come.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Canby seniors Chaz Kayser and Ruby Kayser pause for a photo with the new senior rock.

The cost to the school for the project has amounted to zero. Instead, the Canby community stepped up to donate all pieces for the monument.

Two sponsors paid for the rock and its delivery. A friend of a teacher is donating the materials and labor that will go into building the concrete path. And though CHS administrators were prepared to donate the plaque that will forever commemorate the class of 2020, an anonymous donor came along to pay for that as well.

"It's basically the Canby community being how they always are — just awesome, truly," Carroll said.

The school already has paint that staff will use to decorate the rock with a little school spirit. Then each year from now on, the senior class will have the opportunity to paint the rock themselves.

The rock was wildly popular this week as grads visited the high school to film for their virtual graduation.

Kristen Wohlers
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