West Harrison High honors top students in the Class of 2020

The school year may not have ended as planned, but Harrison County High School leaders crafted a plan to give the top students in the class of 2020 a super surprise.

After four years of academic achievement, two West Harrison High students received a home visit they never saw coming. “It’s surreal that this is my moment now.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth monumental changes for educators and the class of 2020, but when it comes to the tradition of announcing the valedictorian and salutatorian, it was only a matter of making a few changes and coming to the students to give them the big news. West Harrison High Principal Dana Trochesset said, “We came up with this a couple weeks ago, ordered the goodies, ordered the nice sign to go in the yard, and personally come here.”

For West Harrison Valedictorian Alexia Manganti, it runs in the family, as her brother was the school’s valedictorian in 2016. Now she gets to share this unique experience surrounded by teachers and family. “It’s really special because I wouldn’t be here without them.”

Salutatorian Demetria Labat says this surprise is the ultimate recognition for her four years of intense effort in the classroom. “I love that all my hard work has paid off, all my help from my friends and my family, they can finally like, have something that they can be proud of and that their hard work has helped me so much.”

As they prepare for their modified graduation ceremony at the Coast Coliseum on May 30th, both the val and sal look back on their time as Hurricanes with pride. “My senior year is unforgettable, especially with this whole pandemic going on. It’s made my senior year a lot more memorable,” said Alexia.

Demetria said, “We had good times and there was bad times, too, but like we got through them together with that support system. It helped me through all four years of high school.”

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