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Class of 2015 moves on to next chapter

Danielle Carnell uses her phone to take a “selfie” with Teresa Starmer while Ethan Yliniemi, left, and Adam Mackley look on as they gather prior to Park Rapids Area High School commencement Sunday.1 / 3
Matthew Konshok makes his way across the stage ahead of fellow graduates waiting to be handed their diplomas as Senior Class President Lewis Johnson reads the names.2 / 3
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 Park Rapids Area High School ushered 74 young men and women into the adult world Sunday with the school district’s 170th annual commencement.  The future is bright for the Class of 2015 as these graduates prepare for their next move of college, the military or immediately entering the workforce.  

“Classmates, look to your right. Now look to your left. You could be seated by the next law school student, lieutenant colonel or brain surgeon,” said Nicole Eischens, co-valedictorian for the Class of 2015.  Eischens shared the co-valedictorian honors with her cousin Lindsey Girtz. In delivering their speech together on Sunday they said the Class of 2015 is one that has stood out, described by some teachers as “academically strong, fun personalities and good work ethic,” Eischens and Girtz said.  “This class – the Class of 2015 – is destined for greatness,” Eischens added.

Bria Wolff, salutatorian and student council president, said in her speech teamwork and determination sets this class apart from the others.  

“We have extremely high, almost unreachable goals, and will do whatever it takes to get there,” Wolff said. “We’re ambitious, hardworking and stubborn people, and the things we accomplish result from just that.”  

Wolff went on to describe how the Class of 2015 will always be close-knit and many will keep in touch as they go their separate ways in life.  “I don’t know about you guys but I’m super stoked for our 10 year reunion,” she said.  Jeff Johnson, high school principal, presented the graduating Class of 2015 to those in attendance.  

“Our world needs people who are willing to challenge themselves to be positive, progressive individuals in society, while not losing sight of where they came from,” Johnson told the graduates.  Senior Class President Lewis Johnson introduced the graduates as they made their way across the stage to accept their diplomas by school board members.  The program concluded with graduates spraying each other with silly string before marching out to “Fanfare and Recessional”, performed by the high school band.