Carthage High School seniors will be parading around the city on Friday. The parade route goes past all Carthage ISD campuses before ending downtown.

A senior parade planned Friday, May 22 is one of a number of events that will end what Superintendent John Wink called an amazing year.

“Do not let COVID-19 make you think for a second that this was not a good year,” Wink said at Monday’s school board meeting. “It was a fantastic year. I can think of countless stories of people that have stepped up to the plate and done amazing things to help kids.”

Wink thanked district staff, including the IT department for making sure students could learn at home, custodial staff for working to sanitize buildings, the transportation department for delivering work and meals to students who can’t come to the school, and teachers for educating students in unusual circumstances.

“It is the hardest thing to teach, but I promise you it is much harder to teach from home knowing you can’t have interaction with children, and our teachers have done an amazing job and I could not be prouder of the work that they’ve done,” Wink said.

Wink said the year had been one of the most amazing of his 26-year career.

“We’re ending it in grand style,” he said. “It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.”

Wink said the district was still on track to start school next year on Aug. 12, although he wasn’t sure how it was going to look at this point.

Senior Parade

A senior parade will take place Friday at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to come out and celebrate the Class of 2020 social-distance style as a parade makes its way from Carthage High School down West Panola Street.

The parade will turn left onto North Adams Street and go past Carthage Primary School before turning right onto Van Zandt Street and then turning right onto Davis Street, going past Libby Elementary School and Carthage Junior High School.

The parade will turn left onto West Holly Street and right on Daniels Street by Baker-Koonce Intermediate School before turning left back onto West Panola Street and finishing downtown at the Square.

Other Celebrations

Carthage Primary School and Libby Elementary School hosted a summer send-off drive-thru parade on Tuesday evening, as students got the chance to wave goodbye to their teachers.

Baker-Koonce Intermediate School planned an end-of-the-year send-off for Friday, May 22 at 9 a.m., and Carthage Junior High School was planning to recognize retirees on Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m. with a retirement parade, Wink said.

Carthage High School announced its senior scholarships on Monday, and Wink said Pine Burr Awards would be announced Wednesday, followed by senior clearance and an honor graduate recognition on Thursday.

Graduation is planned Friday, May 29 at 8:20 p.m. (2020 in military time). The ceremony is only open to invited guests.

Wink said Pine Burr yearbooks would be delivered in July.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.