Lorena: 2020 grads go out with a bang

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LORENA, Texas (KWTX) It's not how they expected their senior year to end, but Lorena High School's class of 2020 went out with a bang...literally.

Montgomery Construction and other community sponsors came together to host a tailgate pasture party to honor the Lorena High School graduating class of 2020 after many senior events had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. (Photo by Rissa Shaw)

Montgomery Construction Services hosted a tailgate party for the graduates and their families Friday night that included food, music, prizes like TV's and coolers, and a 15-minute grand finale fireworks show.

"For one last time, they all get to meet together, ya know, at a big event like this," said Colton Montgomery who's in charge of quality control for the family-owned construction company. "Some of them they don't get to see all the time and they may not ever see again, so if they get to see them and give their hugs goodbye and off to their journey, we think that's really important."

Friday was the last day of school for Lorena ISD, however, students weren't allowed on campus due to COVID-19.

"We were supposed to be graduating today and instead we're here, and all together as a class, and all of these amazing companies have come together to really support us," said graduate Alyssa Virnau.

While they did miss out on several senior traditions other classes got to experience, Virnau said she thought the pandemic actually brought them closer together.

"It's been crazy, and honestly really sad not being able to do the things that you see all the classes before you get to do like the senior camp-out and just the last days of school and senior week," said Virnau. "But it's also been fun because it's been so different."

"We just all feel so supported by our community that other classes can't say that they got to do such an awesome experience like we have," she said.