Summit Innovations School's graduation ceremony

Senior August Wittig high-fives William Mercer on his way back to his seat during Summit Innovations School’s 2019 graduation ceremony at the Center for the Arts. The night after Summit and Jackson Hole high School’s graduation Saturday, seniors in Teton County can gather for the annual senior party.

The Class of 2020 is having a party.

With the change in coronavirus restrictions that since June 1 allows gatherings of up to 250 people, parents have mobilized to arrange a party for seniors.

A traditional post-graduation shindig looked like it wouldn’t happen because of statewide health orders, but now graduates can get together from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday under a large tent on the playing fields between Colter Elementary School and the Jackson Hole Community School.

“These kids have not been together, able to spend time together and have that closure,” said parent Valerie Goettler, part of the team that organized the bash.

The party is for all Teton County seniors, no matter if they went to Jackson Hole High School, Summit Innovations School, the Community School, Mountain Academy or elsewhere. Goettler hopes to see all of them at the party.

Activities will include casino games, a DJ and dance floor, food and drinks, and outside games like cornhole and kickball. Students will be entered into raffles, with hourly prizes and one grand prize given away at the end.

“One way this became a possibility was because of the community’s generosity,” Goettler said. “We had so many companies and families donate to this. It’s because of them we are able to make it happen.”

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Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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