Madras, OR – A unique year warrants unique and special recognition for a graduating high school class. The Madras High School Class of 2020 will be celebrated by its community and all those passing through with personalized banners hanging from city street light poles beginning May 25.

This coordinated effort between Jefferson County School District, Madras High School, Bridges High School, Rip Q Signs and Graphics, and the City of Madras will recognize an approximate 180 graduating seniors from both Madras and Bridges High Schools. “We are so proud of the class of 2020,” says MHS Principal Brian Crook, “we are so grateful for these amazing students and their high level of integrity and class during these challenging times.”

As a result of COVID-19, communities are thinking outside the box on how they recognize and celebrate special events – including high school graduation. Community banners are just one way that Madras High School, with support from the district, is able to show their appreciation and support for this year’s graduating class.

Rip Q Signs and Graphics produced the banners for the high school, and donated a portion of the project cost to the cause. “I love helping our students out, I wish I could do more,” said Brandon Searcy, owner of Rip Q Signs and Graphics, “These are hard times for everyone, and hopefully this will help boost morale amongst the kids and our community.”

City of Madras staff will be putting the banners up on May 25. “Our crews are happy to be involved in a feel-good project for our graduating seniors,” said Rick Rohach, Operations Manager at City of Madras. Crook added, “These banners are a token of our appreciation of the senior class at Madras High School that make us all proud to be White Buffalos.”