Nevada High School seniors get unforgettable cruise through town

The Tigers celebrate Class of 2020 with the community

NEVADA, Mo. – Nevada High School seniors were celebrated in a unique way Saturday night. Dozens of decorated cars cruised the streets of Nevada. Although it’s not the rite of passage these tigers dreamed of, it’s an experience they will not forget.

“Seeing the seniors and sharing this one last memory together was just really special and bittersweet,” says senior Brynn Wolfe.

For a lot of these students, participating in the “Cruise of Nevada” is the first time they have seen each other since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of normal school activities.

“To reconnect, almost, even though we’re still kind of social distancing — we’re all still together and it makes me feel so whole seeing everybody again,” says Teagan Charles.

Friends and family lined the streets of the town to honor the 138 graduating seniors.

“They all just like loved us. You could just tell they loved us so much and so supportive of our class. It was just amazing. That’s the only word I could think to describe it,” says Lani Coonrod.

“It’s not something to take for granted. And it really makes you aware, especially as seniors, of how much we are loved and supported and encouraged in our lives,” adds Esther Rea.

Given the circumstances these last few months, the Nevada School District wanted to show just how much they value their students. At the final stop, faculty members cheered as the seniors pulled in front of the high school one last time.

“Seeing the teachers at the end was pretty bittersweet, but it was nice to see them, you know, cheering for us. Just celebrating the class of 2020,” says Lindley Ferry.

Sunday May 17 would have been Nevada’s original graduating ceremony. The school is planning on holding a commencement on July 18.