The Brookings-Harbor class of 2020 began their last, first day of school at about 6:45 a.m. Sept. 4.

The class gathered at Sporthaven Beach to watch the sun rise over the Harbor Hills and to kick off their senior year collectively. That tradition has been going on for a decade or so, said Mia Weaver, the 2020 class president.

“It is a great bonding experience,” she said.

As the class welcomed the new school year, members were keeping one of their own in their thoughts. Dylan Speir died Aug. 1, 2017 after falling from a seaside cliff while fishing.

“After losing our son, Dylan Speir, three years ago,” said his mother, Brandy Speir, “I’m happy to still be surrounded by the kids I’ve watched grow up with him, to not only cheer them on and support them however we can, but to also be surrounded by their love and kindness.

“Parents were delighted to see so many of the seniors come out to celebrate. I hope they have the best last year of school, and I cannot wait to see the adults they become in the future.”

This coming spring, the seniors will gather to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean in honor of their last day of high school, which, said Weaver, may well be be the last time they’re all together.

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