Hoover High School athlete reflects on graduation at the Hoover Met

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HOOVER Ala. (WIAT) — Thursday night, 650 graduates of Hoover High School got a chance to walk across the stage to get their diploma at the Hoover Met, despite some COVID-19 restrictions.

With beaming smiles and signs showing their big support, senior Jonathon Martin’s family couldn’t wait to celebrate his big day.

 “To have my grandma be here, you know she’s 93 years old. When I was born she said she’d do everything she could to be alive for my graduation, so to have her here today is amazing,” Martin said.

Jonathon’s mom, Robbie, said she’s so proud of her son’s academic achievements as well as success as a state champion and All-American track star at Hoover High School.

 “He’s a great athlete, but he’s an even better person,” she said.

Although changes were made to the graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Martin family didn’t let it affect them relishing the moment.

“We also saw the Spain Park’s graduation last night. So we feel like there is a good distance between families,” Robbie said.

 “To actually have this moment I’ll cherish this forever. Even though we had corona and it took away everything just to have this it will definitely be a lifetime memory,” Jonathon Martin said.

This fall, Jonathon plans to attend school at the University of Alabama. He received a scholarship to be on the track team.


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