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NRHS students participate in 128th Commencement Exercises

NRHS students clap for their classmates as their names are called to receive their diplomas during the 128th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 23. (Photos by Jordan Willi)1 / 15
New Richmond High School Valedictorian Alexandra Wheeler gives her Commencement Address during the New Richmond High School Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 23. 2 / 15
NRHS Salutatorian Emily Kukacka gives her Commencement Address, “One in a Million,” while her classmates listen intently during the Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 23. 3 / 15
Class of 2014 senior class president Alexandra Utgaard gives her welcome speech to her fellow classmates, friends and families. 4 / 15
A pair of NRHS seniors play the flute along with the Wind Ensemble during the 128th Commencement Exercises in the high school gym on Friday, May 23. 5 / 15
NRHS senior Stalyon Blackmon sings his solo during the Kammerchor and choir seniors’ rendition of “What I Have Done” as part of the 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 23. 6 / 15
A New Richmond High School senior receives her diploma from New Richmond School District Board of Education member Paula Kolbeck and Principal Tom Wissink during the 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 23. 7 / 15
NRHS seniors stand in line waiting to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas during the 2014 Commencement Ceremony. 8 / 15
A group of NRHS students who just received their diplomas listen to the names of the classmates being called during the 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 23. 9 / 15
District Administrator Jeff Moberg shakes the hand of a New Richmond High School senior after he received his diploma during the Class of 2014’s Commencement Ceremony. 10 / 15
A group of recently graduated NRHS students hug each other as they walk out of the high school after the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 23. 11 / 15
NRHS Class of 2014 students swarm out of the high school to meet up with their friends and families after the Commencement Ceremony. 12 / 15
A group of NRHS seniors hold up their diplomas for a photo after the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 23. 13 / 15
Members of the Butler-Harmon Post 80 American Legion present the flag before the Pledge of Allegiance during New Richmond High School’s 128th Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2014 on Friday, May 23, in the high school gymnasium. 14 / 15
New Richmond High School seniors from the Class of 2014 throw their caps in the air to celebrate their graduation after the completion of the 128th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 23.15 / 15

On Friday, May 23, 174 members of New Richmond High School Class of 2014 walked across the stage in the gymnasium, received their diplomas and shook the hands of Principal Tom Wissink, District Administrator Jeff Moberg and one of the members of the New Richmond School District Board of Education.

A total of 180 students graduated from New Richmond High School this year at the 128th Commencement Exercises.

The ceremony started with a prelude by the Kammerchor choir as well as a song by the Symphonic Band after which the Presentation of the Colors was made by members of the Butler-Harmon American Legion Post 80.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Class of 2014 senior class president, Alexandra Utgaard, welcomed the students, staff, teachers, families and friends of the graduates with a short speech before giving way to the Kammerchor and the seniors from the various choirs to sing one last song together. The Wind Ensemble then played a selection of its own leading into the presentation of the class by Moberg.

This year’s commencement address was given by Salutatorian Emily Kukacka and Valedictorian Alexandra Wheeler. Wissink followed the address with a short speech of his own and the presentation of the Class of 2014. Diplomas were awarded to the students by representatives of the School Board.

Once the last student made it back to his seat, senior Christian Martin gave his classmates one last send off. Then the members of the Class of 2014 erupted with cheers of joy and threw their caps in the air to celebrate their accomplishment.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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