The National Honor Society has been busy this year with various activities and volunteer opportunities. The students have been collecting paper and plastics to recycle.  During their free blocks they volunteered to read to younger students in the library during elementary library times.  The students started the year by greeting students in the elementary or watching elementary classrooms while teachers greeted to welcome the students to a new school year. The NHS students spent some volunteer time working at the concession stand to raise money. The NHS has donated money to buy the band new sheet music and to help purchase the benches in front of the new elementary.  In the past, the NHS has also donated money towards the new community center and several local benefits. According to co-advisor Dayna Rodriguez, “Our students have been great. They jumped in every time we came up with something new to volunteer for. We appreciate all the things they have done this year to help improve our school and community.”

New Inductees are Morgan Schmiedt, Brylee Eden, Trinity Boschee, Dilyn Brooks, MaryFrances Bruce, Brooke Doering, Emily Ohlrogge, Clay Olinger, Kylie Schlenker, Michael Schmiedt, Trista White and Logan Wieman.

NHS Officers are President Carter Linke, Vice President Brooklyn Swenson, Secretary Mariah Jost.

Senior Members are Cage Boschee, Evan Ohlrogge, Brooklyn Swenson, Carter Linke, Josie Weber, Megan Linke, Taryn Ziebart.

Junior Members are Kaitlin Brueske, Madison Schmiedt, Xavier Baysinger, Tyler Eddy, Ellie Voneye, Collin Schmiedt, Andrew Lindgren, Noah Terkildsen, Aleya Fry.

Rosemarie Delvaux is retiring this year after many years of teaching sixth grade at Woonsocket Elementary. On Friday night, she was honored with gifts, flowers, balloons and a crown to wish her the best and thank her for all she has done for the school and the many students she has seen in her classroom over the years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school year ended quite differently than it normally does. To try to ease into summer with a heart-warming transition, on Friday, May 15, the teachers from Woonsocket stood at the school and held signs to thank parents and say goodbye to their students, while families drove by to say goodbye and thank them for all the teachers did to help their students get through such a difficult time for the last quarter of the school year.

In addition, the members of the Woonsocket High School graduating senior class of 2020 decorated their vehicles and drove through a parade route to wave to many onlookers who came out to wish them all good luck and congratulations. The seniors were led by none other than members of the dependable Town and Country Fire District and the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Department.

The weather was beautiful on Friday night, which made for great conditions for everyone to be outside and practice social distancing, while enjoying an event that could quite possibly become a new tradition with the very positive response it received.

…See another photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Jonathan Linke was kind enough to take a picture with his drone to give a bird’s-eye view of the graduation ceremony held at the DakPak facility parking lot in Woonsocket on Sunday, May 17.

Woonsocket High School graduation was scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 16, but due to rainy weather all day, it was rescheduled to Sunday, May 17. It took place at the DakPak (formerly VanDykes) parking lot on the east edge of Woonsocket. It was conducted with the drive-in theater concept. Everyone stayed in their cars, except the graduates. The eighth-grade graduates sat in a semi-circle spread apart in front of the stage, and the high school graduates sat spread apart on flat bed trailers sitting on the south end of the parking lot. School Board President Jason White and Superintendent Dr. Rod Weber both sat on stage to hand out the diplomas. 

The ceremony was quite similar to what is normally conducted inside the Woonsocket Gym. The valedictorian, Mariah Jost, and the salutatorian, Brooklyn Swenson, both spoke with Swenson going first. After everyone was awarded their diploma, the seniors handed out flowers to their loved ones who helped them get to this point in their lives. The only thing missing was the annual slide show, but that was created and posted on Facebook for everyone to see, including people from long distances.

Once the ceremony was over, members of the Town and Country Fire District brought two trucks to lead the seniors and their families out of the parking lot and throughout the town for one last “hurrah” before everything officially ended.

See additional photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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