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Grads celebrated in Dayton and Preston

Preston High, West Side High and Franklin County High officials adjusted graduation ceremonies at the three schools to celebrate the culmination of a high school career for 241 youth last week.

At Preston High School, the students filed in small groups with their families to the gymnasium, where the graduate walked down onto the gym floor to receive their diploma from district officials while their family observed from the mezzanine. They then met up and exited the building and the next graduate entered with their family. The ceremonies began at 3 p.m. and were followed by graduates from Franklin County High who followed the same pattern. A parade in their honor was held at 7 p.m.

At West Side High, wind and rain changed plans to hold the graduation ceremony on the school’s football field to in the Dahle Fine Arts Center. Graduates were seated six feet apart on the stage while groups of four supporters were invited to sit separated from others in the auditorium.

The graduation ceremonies were live-streamed and recorded. They can be found on YouTube.

West Side High graduates were spaced several feet apart from each other on the stage of the Dahle Fine Arts Center.

Locals honored in ISJ top sports program

The Idaho State Journal’s fifth annual Sports Stars awards presentation was live streamed by Publisher Travis Quast and sports editor Madison Guernsey from the Journal’s Facebook account on Monday, May 18. Like so many other things, the format was adjusted to meet the state restrictions in place for COVID-19.

The Journal chooses the top athletes, top freshmen, best teams and best all-around athletes from the 2019-20 academic year in high school sports from the 18 schools in its coverage area.

Idaho State Athletic Director Pauline Thiros was this year’s keynote speaker. Thiros, who is also a decorated former high school volleyball coach and was a student-athlete at ISU, spoke to the quality of prep sports in Southeast Idaho.

“I know better than most how special you are. I’ve known and coached so many students from our community who moved on to compete with the best in America — the best in the world even — and win,” Thiros said via video. “Everyone who knows me knows I have a saying I use all the time, and I know it’s something all of you being honored tonight have in common: you were never interested in being good, you’ve been working your tail off to be smoking hot. I’m always very proud of the tradition of smoking hotness that we enjoy in Southeast Idaho high school sports. Thank you for the way you have continued that tradition.”

Ty Hyde headlined the event for Preston as the boys basketball player of the year, top male athlete.

Hyde was Preston’s quarterback during football season and led the Indians’ basketball team to a 4A state title in March. In February, Hyde signed to play football as an offensive tackle at Dixie State University.

“I would like to thank all my family, friends, coaches and teammates for getting me to this point,” Hyde said in his acceptance speech. “I couldn’t have done it without any of them. Preston has the best fans in the state, without question, so I would like to say thanks to the community of Preston for always supporting the Indians. Thank you to the best coaching staff for developing me as an athlete. I wouldn’t be near the athlete I am if it wasn’t for them or my teammates. They are all outstanding ballplayers and they truly earned this award for me. Thank you to everyone that has coached me and got me to this point.”

The Preston boys basketball team was named Boys Team of the Year. Riley Reid who recently signed to run for CSI was recognized as the Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year and Tyson Moser of West Side Football, as Male Coach of the Year.

Protocols now available for opening bars, outdoor pools, onboarding seasonal workers

Protocols are now available for bars/breweries/wineries/distilleries and outdoor pools/splashpads/waterparks to open in Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho’s economy. Protocols for onboarding seasonal or temporary workers were also added.

Consumer and employee confidence is needed in order for Idaho’s economy to rebound more quickly. Businesses opening their doors in various stages of the Idaho Rebounds plan should have operational plans in place to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. Protocols are being added for specific businesses.

To date, the following protocols have been made available. Additional business-specific protocols will be added as they are made available.

Stage 1 – General Business

Stage 1 – Daycare

Stage 1 – Youth Activities

Stage 1 – Places of Worship

Stage 2 – General Business

Stage 2 – Restaurants

Stage 2 – Close Contact Services

Stage 2 – Indoor gyms, recreational facilities

Stage 3 – Outdoor pools, splashpads, waterparks

Stage 3 – Bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries

General – Agricultural workers, Onboarding seasonal/temporary workers

The protocols can be found at https://rebound.idaho.gov/business-specific-protocols-for-opening/.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans return to Sunday worship meetings

“The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have authorized a phased return to some of the faith’s weekly worship services and activities. A letter sent today to general and local leaders around the world says this can be done only when local government regulations allow and after the faith’s Area Presidencies provide additional guidance to local Church leaders.

A two-phase approach will be used, always following government regulations to ensure the health and safety of all involved. The models below may be adjusted by Area Presidencies as local conditions require and as approved by their contact in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Presidency of the Seventy. Stake presidents, counseling with bishops, will determine the specific timing for resumption of meetings and activities.

Sabbath Day Worship Services: Phase 1

Shortened meetings at the meetinghouse with up to 99 individuals, following local government regulations

Other Meetings and Activities (including weddings and funerals): Phase 1

Shortened meetings, following local government regulations; may be held remotely using technology

Sabbath Day Worship Services: Phase 2

Meetings at the meetinghouse with 100 or more individuals, following local government regulations

Other Meetings and Activities: Phase 2

Meetings at the meetinghouse, following local government regulations

“We are grateful for the faith of our members as they have worshipped at home and are grateful for the blessings that will come as we gather for worship and activities,” the First Presidency said.

Richard Swainston, president of the Preston North Stake of the Church, said he is encouraged by the announcement and looks forward to Sunday meetings with local congregations. “Until the governor says we can meet with these numbers we won’t be meeting,” he said.

Swainston said he expects that to be around mid-June.

Details of the announcement can be found at the following link: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/multimedia/file/safely-return-to-church-meetings-activities-guidelines-2020.pdf