Graduating from high school is one of those milestone moments in life. It's truly an accomplishment to be recognized. But things are a little different this year. Instead of the class of 2020 gathered on the stage together, graduation has taken the form of drive-ups and private walks across the stage to receive their diplomas and turn their tassels alone.
At the Ohio Lottery, we understand the importance of celebrating impressive accomplishments, which is why our Best of Class program is very near and dear to our hearts. We are saddened to cancel our annual Best of Class program and wish we could have recognized the achievements of valedictorians across the state, but with the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the closure of schools and recommended social distancing protocol, we did not want to put the safety and health of our students and production partners at risk when assembling for the customary video spot.
We still wanted to honor the Class of 2020, and our alternative produced television spot salutes all graduating Ohio seniors receiving diplomas during this unprecedented time, regardless of merit.
We are proud of all who are graduating and can't wait to see the great things you'll do in the future. We look forward to the day we can resume our traditional Best of Class program and recognize Ohio’s outstanding high school graduates.
Until then, click here to see our salute to the Class of 2020.