Morgan Gove received some good news as the school year neared its close, an honor that came at a historic time for the Class of 2020 during the coronavirus crisis.

Gove was named the valedictorian of the class that graduated as part of a largely parking lot-based ceremony on May 23.

"I'm excited," she said in an interview earlier in May prior to the graduation. "I'm really nervous to talk in front of so many people."

Gove was asked about the circumstances involved with Ohio's K-12 school buildings being closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Obviously, it's not what I expected," Gove said. "But I'm glad that we all get to be together in one group instead of going separately. I am glad that I get to experience it with all of my friends, still."

Taking honors classes, Gove earned a 5.0 grade-point average. She's been attending Shelby schools since first grade, moving her way through Dowds Elementary, Central (for fifth-grade), Shelby Middle School and now Shelby High School.

After graduating, she's moving on to college.

"I'm going to Kent State University to major in finance, probably," Gove said. "Definitely something in business."

She is the daughter of Trent and Julie Gove.

Looking back on her years in Shelby schools, Morgan Gove spoke of ties to others.

"I think what I'll remember the most is all of the bonds that I made with my friends or with my teachers," Gove said. "I grew up with these people that I'm with now. I will never forget that connection that we have."

"I think the teachers do a really great job of interacting with the students and helping us when we need it, and making the classroom both productive and fun," she added.

Gove was asked about the abrupt end to the Class of 2020's senior year in the traditional sense.

"I was really upset about it," she said of her initial reaction. "I've missed seeing everyone every day. Online learning was an adjustment to make because we weren't used to not being able to ask our teachers questions when we needed to right away."

"But I think we did a really great job of staying in communication and making sure that everything was (available) to the students if they needed help," Gove added.

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