Maryville High School seniors cheer as they make their way into the Maryville High School parking lot during Friday night's senior parade sponsored by the Maryville High School juniors.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — On Friday night, sirens resounded throughout Maryville, as School Resource Officer Ian Myers led Maryville High School graduates on a parade through their past.

The parade, brainchild of Maryville Middle School nurse Melissa Campbell and sponsored by the Maryville High School junior class, provided an opportunity for community members to celebrate the Class of 2020 while still maintaining social distancing procedures.

“I was just trying to make something special and memorable for our seniors during a difficult time,” Campbell said in an email to The Forum earlier in the day. “As a senior parent we needed this just as much as they do."

While the parade took a bit longer than expected, the Hound Pound lights shone long enough for the graduates to make their way around town to see all their previous schools and make the way to the high school.

Junior class members put up posters along Munn Avenue for each of the 113 senior class members. On those posters were pens for well-wishers to use to sign the posters' backsides.

Community members, friends and family took time throughout the day to place balloons, posters, and notes of encouragement along the route, for seniors to view while headed to the high school, where the parade ended.

Follow us onTwitter@TheDailyForum