The Corbett High School Class of 2021 celebrated graduation in style Sunday evening, May 30, with a ceremony punctuated by a parade and fireworks.
It all began with the seniors driving from Troutdale along the Historic Columbia River Highway, passing by cheering loved ones. Many of the graduates decorated their cars with balloons and positive messages on the windows.
The parade has become a new tradition for Corbett High — it began last year during social distancing requirements. The plan is to continue it into the future as it allows the whole community to honor the students.
Graduates were able to walk across a stage to receive their diplomas and shake hands while their parents and friends watched and took photos.
Finally the ceremony concluded with fireworks.
The graduation ceremonies were made possible thanks to the dedicated members of the Corbett High School Association of Mamas and Papas (CHAMPS). The members spent many months helming fundraisers and spurring donations to send the seniors off with a fitting ceremony.
"The community came together and really helped us with all the fundraisers to make this happen," said Tamie Tlustos-Arnold, CHAMPS president. "It was hard, but we were creative and came up with something special for these students."
Leading up to graduation, Cardinal parents found a work-around in lieu of a traditional all-night class party. The group put together nine different activities for the kids to do across the community, either alone or with groups of friends. Those activities included free lunches at the Corbett Country Market, Sugarpine Drive-In and McMenamins Edgefield; cupcakes at Crown Point; and gift cards to Liz's Coffee Cabin.
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