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SCC seniors celebrate memories at graduation

Roxy VanDusartz gets a little help from her mom before entering the gymnasium to graduate.2 / 2

Class motto: "Life brings tears, smiles and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever."

Seventy-nine left their paw print at St. Croix Central High School last Friday.

St. Croix Central High School's Graduation and commencement ceremony was last Friday, May 20, in the Tom Sempf Gymnasium.

SCC's Class of 2011 had 79 graduates, and of those, 28 were honor students.

Forty-one scholarships were awarded to students totaling $25,106.

Administrators, scholarship presenters and students reflected on the students' past at SCC through speeches and the class video.

During her speech, Salutatorian Katelyn Bonte reflected on one of the last lessons the Class of 2011 learned together -- as a result of the senior class prank.

"...They painted all the windows of the high school with window markers. On the last day of our high school career the senior class spent almost all morning washing the paint off. Courtesy of Mr. Webb's request that we couldn't leave school until it was all gone. I guess as seniors we were just so excited to finally leave that we all worked together to get the job done. A life lesson learned: Never paint the windows of St. Croix Central High School."

Bonte also included words of encouragement, humor and plenty of thank yous to everyone who helped herself and her classmates throughout their years at SCC.

Valedictorian Kyle Cress reflected on the path that led himself and his classmates to graduation day.

Cress said, "...Throughout these last four years my classmates and I have taken many different paths. In class and out. These four years are complete and the paths we take now are going to be more and more diverse as we strive for degrees, jobs in the workforce or ranks in the armed forces and the lives we live."

Cress went on to thank his teachers and family and offered words of advice and well wishes to his classmates.

High School Principal Glenn Webb's advice to the 2011 graduates was, "Be positive! If you fall down during the next leg of your journey, get right back up before the person traveling behind you, waiting for opportunity, seizes it.  Remember your roots, because they are the foundation that will support you whenever you are in need.  Go make us proud -- I am proud of you."

Check out the videos photos and video from the commencement ceremony.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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