Big Bend Community College celebrated the conclusion of the 53rd annual summer academy, hosted by TRiO Upward Bound, with a drive-thru parade Friday. The 46 students from Moses Lake, Othello, Royal City, and Warden high schools that completed the program received certificates, awards and a photo with their personal mentor at the end of the parade route.

"This is the first ever (summer academy) to be held virtually," said Tiffany Fondren, communications coordinator. "Our students did amazing and did everything virtually this year."

The six week program gives high schoolers a chance to prepare for the upcoming school year while providing opportunities for social skills growth as well as tips to carry on in life outside of school.

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