Barney chose to attend IHS during pandemic, then stayed

Iola High School valedictorian candidate Sage Barney moved to her grandparents' house in LaHarpe in 2020 so she could attend in-person classes during the pandemic. She decided to stay to complete her senior year.



May 9, 2022 - 3:16 PM

Sage Barney chose to move to LaHarpe to live with her grandparents to attend school in person during the pandemic and stayed to finish her high school career. Photo by Richard Luken

Sage Barney was offered a choice not often afforded to high-schoolers her age.

See, her family had been living in Michigan, but moved to her grandparents’ house in LaHarpe in the fall of 2020, when schools there announced they’d remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By last fall, the worst of the pandemic had passed. Her high school in Chelsea, on the outskirts of Ann Arbor, had reopened its doors.

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