Hillsboro High School seniors celebrate graduation but lament classmate’s absence due to virus concerns

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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 5:50 am

Lisa Rotvold was downstairs in her house Saturday afternoon, making cupcakes for her son Avery’s graduation open house Sunday.

That was when her daughter, Annika, got the bad news.

“She came downstairs and said, ‘You don’t need to make any more cupcakes,’” Lisa recalled.

Annika had come into contact with a friend who tested positive for COVID-19 and found out about 2 p.m. Saturday that she, too, tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The entire Rotvold family received calls from contact tracers later that day, as Avery was hoping to join his class of Hillsboro High School graduates for a parade Saturday evening.

However, health officials quickly dashed the family’s hopes that Avery would get to participate in graduation celebrations Sunday, when he and his 37 classmates were set to receive their diplomas at the Hillsboro Events Center.

“I asked and explained that graduation was the next day and all of this stuff was going to be happening, and their recommendation was to not participate,” Lisa said. “We had to come to terms with it quickly.”

Overcoming less-than-ideal circumstances was a theme for the Hillsboro class of 2020. 

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