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‘Over the finish line’: 2020 DCHS Graduates celebrate victory at Atlanta Motorsports Park
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The 2020 graduating class from Dawson County High School take their cars out onto the Atlanta Motorsports Park track as they ‘cross the finish line’ of their time in high school - photo by Jacob Smith

Dozens of Dawson County High School graduates gathered at the Atlanta Motorsports Park on Friday, June 5 for ‘Cross the Finish Line’, an event to celebrate local graduates and commemorate accomplishments of the 2020 class. 


Event coordinator Seanie Zappendorf said she was approached by Dawson County High School to organize something unique for the graduates, beyond the simple plan to pick up of diplomas at the high school. 


Zappendorf said that the entire event ran smoothly and everyone was thankful of AMP owner Jeremy Porter’s generosity for allowing the event to happen. 

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The 2020 graduating class from Dawson County High School take their cars out onto the Atlanta Motorsports Park track as they ‘cross the finish line’ of their time in high school - photo by Jacob Smith

At the event, participants were allowed to take their cars for a test drive on the 1.8-mile AMP track, each taking a celebratory lap at 45 miles per hour, according to AMP marketing employee Kevin Espinoza. 


Over 50 students RSVP’d for the event and approximately 20 drove at Friday’s event. Some students drove with their friends and others brought their family along for the ride in the backseat as they experienced a unique graduation experience. 


“It was cool to get to drive on the track without having to pay ten grand to do it,” graduate Joey Toal said after driving the course. 


After congratulating the graduates, former principal Brody Hughes grabbed the checkered flag and greeted students at the starting line as they drove by, announcing their names over the loudspeaker. 


“I don’t think anyone here hates me enough to try to run me over!” Hughes said. 


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The 2020 graduating class from Dawson County High School take their cars out onto the Atlanta Motorsports Park track as they ‘cross the finish line’ of their time in high school - photo by Jacob Smith