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Polo fans back in the gridiron, this time for graduation

When the Polo Marcos football clinched a state final appearance in 8-man football last fall, no one foresaw parents and family members of Polo High School’s Class of 2020 back on the gridiron again, this time watching graduation from the 50-yard line while sitting in lawn chairs in the back of pick up trucks.

But that’s exactly what happened Sunday and this time all the fans of the Class of 2020 came in sedans, vans, pick up trucks, and even a couple of convertibles to watch the school’s commencement exercise.

In a shortened ceremony due to the pandemic, 34 graduates waited in the bleachers to cross a portable stage at mid-field.

Audrey Hess and Nicole Zeigler offered Senior Class Remarks and thanked everyone for attending the “unique ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2020”.

The pair thanked all the Polo teachers for their hard work. “We know that putting up with us for 4 years has not exactly been easy,” Hess said.

They said teachers surpassed normal duties to educate students during the pandemic.

“Not only did they make themselves available to us whenever we needed them, they spent hours filming their own lectures that made us feel like we were getting a classroom experience despite being confined to our homes,” Ziegler said. “Mr. Reece also made sure to include his joke of the day.”

“They also took a day out of their busy schedule to deliver yard signs and chat with each and every senior. None of their efforts have gone unappreciated,” she said.

Both thanked parents, family members, and the Polo community for supporting numerous extracurricular activities. “We know we can always rely on their unconditional support as we continue to learn and grow."

They said growing up in such a “tightly knit community has allowed us to form many close friendships within our grade”.

“The Class of 2020 is one that sincerely understands what it means to be there for one another. Congratulations Class of 2020. It has been an honor to grow and graduate with you,” they said.