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Millbrook High School human anatomy and physiology teacher Kim Harrison holds a skeleton holding a "be the change" sign as she cheered on graduates in their drive-thru graduation celebration on Friday. 

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A Millbrook High School graduate waves at the graduation drive-thru on Friday while donning her graduation gown. 

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During Friday's graduation parade, Millbrook High School 11th grade English teacher Dawn Spitzer held a "COVID sucks" sign referring to the coronavirus pandemic that canceled the students' in-person classes and traditional graduation ceremony this year. 

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Millbrook High School graduates hold signs that read "We need to do better" and "Say their names Breonna Taylor" during their graduation parade on Friday. The signs refer to the ongoing protests across the U.S. against police brutality.

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Millbrook High School graduate Dalajuwan Banks, 18, hangs out the side of a vehicle before his mom Khandi Banks drives him through the school’s graduation parade on Friday.

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Millbrook High School teachers Erin Unger (left) and Catherine Foster wave at graduates while dressed as a dinosaur and a unicorn.

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Millbrook High School graduates wave and smile as they are cheered on Friday afternoon during a graduation parade.

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Millbrook High School graduates hold on to Teddy bears as they drive through their graduation parade on Friday while wearing their caps.

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WINCHESTER — Millbrook High School’s graduation parade on Friday afternoon for the Class of 2020 could definitely be considered a success, as it wrapped up just before a thunderstorm unleashed a torrent of rain.

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A James Wood High School graduate wearing his mortarboard waves to spectators during Thursday’s graduation parade.

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ABOVE: James Wood Middle School sixth-grade teacher Linda Bly rings a cow bell along the parade route for the graduates. RIGHT: A James Wood High School graduate waves to teachers, family members and friends during Thursday’s parade.

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Hundreds of cars line up along Apple Ridge Road on Thursday for a graduation parade around James Wood High School for the Class of 2020. A traditional graduation couldn’t be held because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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James Wood Middle School sixth-grade teacher Linda Bly rings a cow bell along the parade route for the graduates.

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Carrie Donald, a James Wood High School biology teacher, holds a “Wood is Good” sign as she cheers on members of the Class of 2020 during a graduation parade on Thursday in the school parking lot.

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James Wood High School graduate Cleo Yeatras, 18, helps lead the school’s graduation parade on Thursday afternoon from atop a Round Hill Fire and Rescue fire truck. Yeatras hopes to become a firefighter after graduation.

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James Wood High School graduate Savannah Keller holds up a sign that says “Some have a story, we made history” during the school’s graduation parade on Thursday.

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WINCHESTER — Members of James Wood High School’s Class of 2020 drove up Apple Pie Ridge Road and through the school’s parking lot on Thursday afternoon in celebration of their graduation, which has been anything but traditional as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sherando High School graduate Dylan Cadd waves a flag with the school’s logo in his cap and gown as he and his classmates do a drive-thru graduation on Wednesday afternoon.

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A Sherando High School graduate smiles and waves at supporters during a graduation parade on Wednesday.

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Michelle Scott, an attendance administrator at Sherando High School, waves at graduates as they drive through the school’s parking lot to celebrate their graduation. “Oh, I’m going to cry,” she said, adding it was good she had a kazoo to blow to distract from her tears.

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Summer Yount, a biology teacher at Sherando High School, holds a sign expressing her pride in the graduates passing by in Wednesday’s graduation parade.

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WINCHESTER — The city's diagnosed coronavirus infection rate of about 704 people per 100,000 is 65% higher than the roughly 427 per 100,000 persons rate in Frederick County, according to Virginia Department of Health statistics.

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More than 200 cars full of Sherando High School graduates weave through the school’s parking lot during a graduation parade Wednesday afternoon before a virtual graduation ceremony Wednesday evening.

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A Sherando High School graduate donning her graduation cap sits in the bed of a truck during a graduation parade Wednesday afternoon.

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STEPHENS CITY — More than 200 vehicles filled with members of Sherando High School’s Class of 2020 drove down Warrior Drive and weaved in and out of the school’s parking lot on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate their graduation.

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WINCHESTER — Community members and business owners seem split on whether to follow Gov. Ralph Northam's order to wear a mask or face covering in indoor public places.