The parking lot at Hermantown's middle and high school was filled Friday afternoon with teachers, families and students cheering seniors as they drove through to pick up their yearbooks, caps and gowns and other items during a drive-thru senior day.
Seniors were directed to drive through the east parking lot to pick up their yearbooks, then it was on to the front parking lot. As they entered, their names were announced over a speaker that was blaring music. As the seniors drove through the circle, people cheered, waved and held up signs.
Jim and Roseann Sonneson had one of the biggest signs. Jim Sonneson said his friend painted it for their granddaughter, Megan King.
“I didn’t realize it was going to be so big,” Jim Sonneson said, adding it would go in their front yard after the event.
King is the Sonnesons’ first granddaughter to graduate and is the fourth generation in their family to do so at Hermantown.
“It makes you feel good to have the community show up for the kids,” Jim Sonneson said.
When asked if she thought the event was going to be as big as it was, Roseann Sonneson said "yes."
“It’s Hermantown. This is pretty normal,” she said.
Hermantown senior Morgan Schroeder said she thought the event was amazing.
“It was super-emotional and sad because I really miss everyone,” Schroeder said. “It’s super-fun to see everyone celebrate us.”
This story originally listed Megan King as the first grandchild of the Sonnesons' to graduate. It was updated at 9:24 a.m. May 18. King is the first granddaughter to graduate. The News Tribune regrets the error.