The Last Graduate…

The last graduate of the Class of 2020 at Los Alamos High School, Katie Herrmann, was given a special ceremony today after missing her graduation Friday while searching 3.5 hours before finding her missing dog. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Three days of individual graduations concluded Friday for all but one of the 279 members of the Class of 2020 at Los Alamos High School.

Senior Katie Herrmann missed her graduation because as she opened the door to her car in the high school parking lot to head inside for the ceremony her beloved dog Simon jumped from her car and took off like a shot for parts unknown.

Herrmann together with her mom Ryn Herrmann and many others spent 3.5 years searching for Simon.

“We had so many people out hiking and driving around helping us look for him,” Ryn said. “We finally found him perched on a nearby cliff and Katie climbed up to get him.”

Herrmann didn’t get to walk across the stage to receive her diploma Friday, but she did arrive in time for school officials to hand it to her through her car window right before they ended the ceremonies.

As it turns out, administrators left the graduation decorations set up at the high school Friday and today LAPS School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim, LAHS Principal Carter Payne and Vice Principal Renee Dunwoody returned to the school to give Herrmann a special graduation ceremony.

Hermann was touched by the special ceremony and her mother said, “They gave Katie back this very special day … I’m humbled by their kindness.”

School officials came to the high school today to give senior Katie Herrmann her own graduation ceremony since she missed Friday’s graduation because she was searching for her dog Simon. From left, LAPS School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim, LAHS graduate Katie Herrmann, LAHS Principal Carter Payne and LAHS Vice Principal Renee Dunwoody. Courtesy photo

Simon is all smiles today after being on the lam for 3.5 hours Friday causing LAHS senior Katie Herrmann to miss her high school graduation searching for him. Courtesy photo

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