This week's cover - A great night to be a graduate

The label "COVID class" was given to the Hinsdale Central Class of 2023. The freshman who started in the fall of 2019 had no idea what was ahead for them as they began their life as Red Devils. In March of 2020 as the world shut down, Red Devil Nation hunkered down and redefined their educational experiences. A severe summer storm with heavy rainfall and strong winds - which pelted northeast Hinsdale - barely touched Dickinson Field a couple hours before the start of the outdoor ceremonies. The 671 seniors graduated under clear skies and mild temperatures - perhaps a good omen for their future. Maddie Mollis shares the moment with her friends and family after receiving her diploma. (Jim Slonoff photo)