Front Porch Portraits: Richmond high school valedictorians

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It hasn’t been easy for students across the Commonwealth since schools shut down in March under executive order of the governor to curb the spread of COVID-19. For high school seniors, it has been a little tougher, with missed proms, senior days and other special events that go along with finishing high school. But the Class of 2020 has persevered. Here, we celebrate the valedictorians of Richmond Public Schools’ eight high schools who have worked hard during the past four years and earned the top GPA in their class. Free Press photographers Sandra Sellars and Regina H. Boone documented this special moment in their lives with photos on their front porch or in their front yard, adhering to social distancing guidelines. They also asked the scholars how their lives have changed during the pandemic and what they view as the silver lining. Here are their thoughts as they graduate in the time of the coronavirus.