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High School Seniors Protest Plan For Large Graduation Ceremonies in Alabama Next Week

Jeanarry Hernandez, one of 17 valedictorians in the senior class at Hoover High, says she will sit out her own graduation ceremony, a gathering of 650 seniors now planned for next week.

The seniors are heading to the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on May 21, and each can invite four family members to watch. The crowd will be asked to maintain distance. And every senior will be issued a mask.

But Hernandez says the risk doesn’t make sense. “It’s concerning,” Hernandez said, “because when we’re going from such strict measures of not going outside and wearing masks and everything to going to thousands of people in one place, it’s just not logical to me.”

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