OHS graduation program Friday

Orestimba High School will host a virtual/drive-through graduation program Friday, July 31.

The school had hoped to hold a traditional commencement to send off its graduating class of 2020, but the continuing pandemic forced organizers to come up with an alternative.

Principal Justin Pruett said the planned commencement will combine a virtual graduation with drive-through presentation of diplomas.

The 7 p.m. program will start with virtual presentation of pre-recorded welcoming remarks, awards and valedictorian/salutatorian speeches.

A procession of vehicles carrying seniors into the stadium will follow. The procession will be live streamed.

Pruett said each graduate will be allowed two vehicles total in order to accommodate a limited number of guests. The lineup of vehicles will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Park Avenue near campus.

Vehicles will enter the home side of the stadium. Each graduate will exit their vehicle, walk to the stage to receive their diploma and then return to the car. One guest will also be allowed to leave a vehicle and photograph the graduate from the ground (not from the stage). Vehicles will continue around the track and exit the stadium from the north side.

A link to the pre-recorded graduation speeches, and subsequent live streaming of the graduation procession, will be available on the Orestimba High website and via the school’s social media accounts.

Benefit for tennis court project

The West Side Tennis Club and Gustine Rotary are teaming up to host a drive-through takeout hamburger/hot dog dinner Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Proceeds from the benefit, which was rescheduled from April 7, will benefit the renovation of the tennis courts in Schmidt Park.

Meals may be picked up from 4-7 p.m. from the intersection of Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue in downtown Gustine.

Tickets are $8, and include the choice of a hamburger or two hot dogs with chips, cookie and drink.

Tickets purchased for the April 7 date will be honored but must be presented at pick-up. For tickets, call Pat Rocha, 761-6890.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the dinner.

Holland earns academic honor

Tatumn Holland of Newman was recently named to the Benedictine College (Kansas) spring semester President’s List.

Full-time students carrying a minimum of 12 hours and a perfect 4.0 grade point average through the spring term were named to the President’s List.

Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine residential liberal arts college located on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.