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Coupeville Class of 2020 grads (l to r) Aram Leyva, Sean Toomey-Stout, and Jacobi Pilgrim reunite at the Blue Fox Drive-In. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kept apart for months, back together for a moment (or two).

With the world in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, the Coupeville High School Class of 2020 missed out on spending time together this spring.

But the Wolf grads came back together one final time Monday night, courtesy of the Blue Fox Drive-In.

While that event was just for seniors and their parents, now everyone can see the videos they watched together in their reunion and farewell.

Follow the link below and you’ll be able to see this year’s torch video, the senior slideshow, and a musical tribute from Karl Olsen and Deb Lund.



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Coupeville Class of 2020 grads like Raven (left) and Willow Vick, seen here with Tom Black, are invited to a Senior Night show at the Blue-Fox Drive In. (Brian Vick photo)

The Class of 2020 is taking the show to the big screen.

Coupeville High School graduates and their parents are invited to swing by the Blue Fox Drive-In Monday for Senior Night festivities.

Things start at 6 PM.

This event is in lieu of the senior trip, which was swept away by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student ID’s will be checked, and non-grads will be driven back into the woods by taser-wielding robots. 

But seriously, this is just for the Class of 2020.

Grads are asked to bring their caps and tassel and decorate their cars.

The torch video and senior breakfast slide show will be shown, and there will be a chance to ride the go-karts, sign yearbooks, eat curly fries, and enjoy a movie.

All attendees must wear a mask and abide by social distancing guidelines set by the Blue Fox owners.

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Coupeville’s Class of 2020 comes together one final time, thanks to a wee bit of digital fakery.

If you can’t take it, fake it.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic altered how graduation was held for the Coupeville High School Class of 2020, with some long-standing traditions relegated to the sideline.

But, thanks to the work of a couple of enterprising Wolf moms, the graduates did get a group photo.

Sort of.

Eileen Stone snapped individual shots of each CHS grad, then Karen Carlson stitched them together to create a virtual group portrait.

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Coupeville’s Mica Shipley (left) and Ashleigh Battaglia celebrate graduation. (Photo courtesy Amanda Rogers)

Live, on tape, it’s the 2020 Coupeville High School graduation.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prevented CHS, or any school for that matter, from holding a normal ceremony, but everyone made do with what they had.

The diploma at the end of the 13-year school rainbow is still real, and, ultimately, that’s what matters most.

Since most people couldn’t watch graduation live, CHS taped the event and posted it online Wednesday afternoon.

To scroll through the program, or watch the ceremony itself, pop over to:


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South Whidbey Class of 2020 grad Megan Parker shows off her mask. (Photo from Whidbey DIYers Facebook page)

Rivals on the field, friends off of it.

Students at Coupeville and South Whidbey High School are next-door neighbors, their classrooms separated by about 25 miles, but united by living on the same rock in the middle of the water.

With graduation arriving Saturday for a weary Class of 2020, the seniors at those schools, whether Wolves or Falcons, benefited from the generosity of a local group of “do it yourselfers,” and one of the school’s principals.

As everyone deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both area schools required face masks for their graduation ceremonies.

That’s where the Whidbey DIYers group stepped up, getting going on a project to produce masks for grads at South Whidbey High School and South Whidbey Academy.

With the crafty ones hard at work, South Whidbey High School Principal John Patton donated to the cause.

To the delight of all, his bucks gave the Whidbey DIYers enough financial aid to go beyond their original commitment and craft masks for CHS grads as well.

The project was a success on all levels.

“Whether or not they use these masks or just keep them as a keepsake memory of this crazy year, we wanted them to be able to show off their accomplishment even if they have to wear a mask for work, etc,” the Whidbey DIYers said on their Facebook page.

The project was the work of many, with several DIYers getting shout-outs.

That included Gwendine “The Machine” Norton and husband Tom “The Bomb” Norton, both of Clinton, SWHS parents Keasha Campbell and Petrena Haines, DIYer admin Kymy Johnson, Oak Harbor’s Wendy Shingleton, Coupeville School Board member Venessa Matros, and Patton.

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