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On to the next chapter: St. Croix Central Class of 2014 graduation

St. Croix Central High School graduates of the Class of 2014 eagerly toss their caps in the air as their ceremony concludes on Friday, May 23, at the Thomas Sempf Gymnasium. (Photo by Sarah Young) 1 / 16
Ashlie Keimig adjusts her sister Laura Keimig’s cap and tassel before the St. Croix Central High School graduation ceremony at SCC High School on Friday, May 23. (Photo by Sarah Young) 2 / 16
Dante Carlson and Katie Evenson pose for a photo for their parents after checking in before the St. Croix Central High School graduation ceremony Friday, May 23. The ceremony was held in the Thomas Sempf Gynasium. (Photo by Sarah Young) 3 / 16
Many of the 102 St. Croix Central High School graduates decorated their mortar boards for their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23. (Photo by Sarah Young) 4 / 16
Katie Rohl and James Knops show off their toughness before the St. Croix Central High School graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23. Rohl’s plans include enlisting in the U.S. Navy to become an Aviation Rescue Swimmer (AIRR). (Photo by Sarah Young) 5 / 16
A group of St. Croix Central High School graduates says “cheese” for the camera as parents snapped away before the graduation ceremony on May 23. Of the 102 students who graduated, 23 graduated with honors, and 12 of those were members of the National Honor Society. (Photo by Sarah Young) 6 / 16
Good friends and classmates (from left) Brooke Kopacz, Rebecca Isnardi, McKenzy Johnson, Kayla Pabst, Hope Hoolihan and Olivia Sirek gather outside for a photo before the St. Croix Central High School graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23. (Photo by Sarah Young) 7 / 16
Tanner DeGross and Janelle Olson are all smiles as they process into the St. Croix Central High School graduation ceremony in the Thomas Sempf Gymnasium on Friday, May 23. (Photo by Sarah Young) 8 / 16
Luke Mortenson and Melissa Brunshidle are ecstatic to be taking part in their St. Croix Central High School graduation ceremony in the Thomas Sempf Gymnasium on Friday, May 23 (Photo by Sarah Young) 9 / 16
St. Croix Central High School graduates Mark Jacobson and Ashley Hennen make their way to the raised stage with the rest of their classmates at the St. Croix Central High School graduation on Friday, May 23, in the Thomas Sempf Gymnasium. (Photo by Sarah Young) 10 / 16
Erika Bevilacqua applauds her fellow graduates as they receive their diplomas at the St. Croix Central High School graduation on Friday, May 23. (Photo by Sarah Young) 11 / 16
Salutatorian Austin Hanson addresses his classmates, students families and staff at the St. Croix Central High School graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23. “If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change one thing, one person or one teacher,” Hanson said. (Photo by Sarah Young) 12 / 16
St. Croix Central High School valedictorian for the Class of 2014 Melissa Schmidt-Landin waits patiently to give her valedictorian speech as Principal Dr. Glenn Webb introduces her at the SCC High School graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23. (Photo by Sarah Young) 13 / 16
John Dingmann rallies his classmates and the crowd to clap along to the St. Croix Central High School choir’s rendition of “Happy” at the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23. (Photo by Sarah Young) 14 / 16
Students move their tassels to the appropriate side as Dr. Glenn Webb presents the graduating class of 2014 at St. Croix Central High School on Friday, May 23. (Photo by Sarah Young) 15 / 16
St. Croix Central School Board member Scott DeGross presents Kayla Pabst with her diploma at the SCC High School graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23. (Photo by Sarah Young) 16 / 16

"We met as strangers, grew as classmates, and leave as friends."

This is the St. Croix Central High School Class of 2014 class motto, which was a theme evident through the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 23 at the Thomas Sempf Gymnasium.

School board members John Hueg, Kirk Lyksett and Scott DeGross awarded 102 students diplomas; 23 of those students were honors graduates, and 12 of them were members of the National Honor Society.

Salutatorian Austin Hanson and Valedictorian Melissa Schmidt-Landin addressed their fellow classmates, staff and families. 

Hanson talked of many of his classmates, their contributions and attributes. 

"If I had to do start all over again, I wouldn't change one thing, one person or one teacher," Hanson said.

Schmidt-Landin urged her classmates to be willing to make tough choices, and to be consistent with those choices.

"Difficulties in my life drove me because that is who I am," Schmidt-Landin said.

The SCC High School choir performed the songs Happy and You Cannot Lose My Love. A slideshow by class representative Katlyn Delander was presented. SCC High School principal Dr. Glenn Webb read a 214-word poem he wrote about the Class of 2014 before presenting them as graduates.

Sarah Young

Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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