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Community lauded for helping students

The graduation ceremony included the presentation of diplomas and awards to nearly 100 students.

The event also featured remarks by Jake Taylor, class salutatorian, who urged classmates to work hard and persevere. He also noted the many accomplishments of the group.

"This class has been a part of many great achievements in regards to academics, activities and athletics," Taylor said. "We helped bring our school within the top 2 percent in the nation, brought our football team to its first state championship game, represented our section in the state track meet, our drama department entertained the community with their production of Earnestly Ernestine, the quiz bowl finished with a remarkable year as the small schools winner in national competition and members of our bowling team participated in state competition, and these are only a few accomplishments that our class achieved. But they were only achieved because everyone participating believed in each other and in themselves.

"As we look to the future, I urge each of you to continue to have confidence in yourself, continue to work hard and continue to strive for the best," he said. "If we do, everyone in the 2009 graduating class can one day achieve great things."

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