Tippecanoe Valley releases information regarding Friday’s Class of 2020 parade

Tippecanoe Valley High School. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

The following is from TVHS Principal Brandon Kresca:

Dear Valley Family,

Last week we announced that on May 22nd, there would be a senior parade through the towns of Mentone and Akron. In order to properly thank our seniors for the impact they have had on Tippecanoe Valley Schools, we not only need you to assist in celebrating our seniors properly, but we need your help following all directions/requirements detailed in this plan- especially maintaining proper social distancing measures. We will celebrate our seniors, but only in a way that is safe for both student, staff and our community.

Student Expectations/Requirements
— Report to the entrance to the TVHS campus off of W. 800 S. no sooner than 6:50 p.m. on May 22nd. Departure will be 7:00 p.m.

— Report in the car you will be driving/riding in. Any students choosing to ride with one another is a parental decision.

— Students are encouraged to come wearing their TVHS graduation gowns. If a student does not have their gown, it can be picked up from 8:00-3:00 p.m. on 5/22.

— Students are to drive responsibly and behave in a manner reflective of a TVHS student.

— Students will follow all traffic rules, including seatbelt laws while on county/state roads.

— No student will exit the vehicle for any reason.

Community Expectations/Requirements
— All community members are expected to follow social distancing measures: maintaining 6 feet distance, not congregating in groups.

— You are encouraged to wear protective facemasks out in public, per recommendations from the health departments.

— Please look for more information from both the towns of Mentone and Akron web pages regarding this event.

— Parking may be available in both towns of Akron and Mentone, with social distancing in place.

— Please review the Senior Parade Path and refrain from interrupting said path.

— Once the parade has concluded, please safely exit your location.

Senior Parade Path: (All times are approximates)

7:00 p.m. – Starting between TVMS and TVHS Tennis Courts, through TVHS Student Parking lot to HWY 19.
7:05 p.m. – exiting TVHS on to SR 19 heading North to Mentone.
7:15 p.m. – Entering Mentone off of SR 19 heading East on Main St.
7:20 p.m. – Turn right on to S. 1000 W. Head South on S. 1000 W. eventually turning in to SR 14 into Akron.
7:30 p.m. – Arrive in Akron to Community Center on SR 14.
7:35 p.m. – Turn right on to E. Rochester St. heading West through town of Akron.
7:40 p.m. – Turn right on to N. Mishawaka St. heading North towards Akron Elementary School.
7:50 p.m. – Arrive at the intersection (Three-way stop) of SR 19 and E. 100 N (SR 114); This is the end of the parade and cars will safely head towards home.

We thank our Tippecanoe Valley High School seniors and congratulate them for accomplishing this great feat. Sunday July 19 th is the date set for the graduation ceremony of the class of 2020, with a back-up date of July 26th. A decision has been made to change the graduation time to better accommodate any plans that may involve social distancing and weather. The baccalaureate ceremony will now begin at 7:00 p.m. with the graduation ceremony beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Go Vikings,

Brandon S. Kresca