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story.lead_photo.caption Laurine Shoki accepts an award Wednesday, July 29, 2020, during the Jefferson City High School Awards ceremony in the school's gymnasium. Photo by Shaun Zimmerman, News Tribune

Jefferson City High School students and Class of 2020 graduates were awarded for their accomplishments Wednesday evening.

About 330 awards were presented at the Jefferson City High School gymnasium at Awards Night.

Class of 2020 graduate Patrick Malone, who received the Seal of Excellence award for English and choir, said it felt satisfying to receive the choir award because he was in choir all four years of high school.

Malone said he enjoys finally getting to attend events like awards night, baccalaureate and graduation since they were postponed due to COVID-19.

"It feels long overdue," he said. "It feels good to finally come back here and see a bunch of people I know."

Betsy Morello said she was excited and surprised to win nine awards.

"I'm really excited about the Glory of Missouri Law Award because I'm considering going to law school," she said. "I think it's really neat, and I just didn't expect to get it, so it's really exciting."

Morello said it feels great to finally be able to have some normal events after a not-so-normal senior year.

"It feels good to be rewarded for all of our high school accomplishments and finally get some closure on these four years," she said.

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Brooke Bates received the Featured Athlete Award for Hawthorne Bank award, Jay Athlete of the Year award, and Seal of Excellence awards for Project Lead the Way, Mathematics and English.

"It's really exciting, and it's such an honor to receive these awards," Bates said.

Bates said she thought events like awards night and graduation would be canceled, so she's excited to finally participate in these end-of-the-year events.

"I never thought we would actually be able to have this, but it's such a relief, and it's awesome being able to come back, see everybody and receive all these awards," she said.

Jefferson City High School's graduation is 7 p.m. Friday at Adkins Stadium. If there is inclement weather, the district will postpone it to Saturday and inform families Friday, Communications Director Ryan Burns said.

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