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New Richmond High School graduates 200

Alina Stai, left, adjusts the graduation cap of Jenny Hudalla before entering New Richmond High School's gymnasium for commencement on May 27.

A little rain couldn't keep friends and family members from watching their loved ones become the first to graduate from the new New Richmond High School.

Two hundred seniors were issued their diplomas Friday night in the school's gymnasium.

Looking back, class President Heather Hughes and Megan Suckut, one of the school's three valedictorians, said the senior class overcame the daunting task of learning a new high school.

Suckut admitted to being one of those unfortunate people to get lost in the parking lot her first day at the school.

While some seniors might have been frustrated those first few weeks, Suckut said the class came together to make the school their own.

Principal Jeff Moberg thanked the class for setting a positive tone and culture at the new school.

The first person to do something is the one who is remembered, Moberg noted.

Neal Armstrong was the first to walk on the moon, but who were his crew mates, Moberg asked the seniors.

"First always burns a bit deeper in our minds," he said. "You're the first to graduate from this high school. You'll always remember that and so will everyone else."

Moberg told the class that while they might have felt intimidated at the beginning of the school year, their accomplishments show otherwise.

"I seem to remember a homecoming game where you didn't appear to be intimidated," he said.

Moberg listed the homecoming game, the boys hockey section final game against Superior, a record number of medals for Forensics, music awards, state appearances by the powerlifting club and FBLA and several solo performances as example of how the senior class has overcome its intimidation.

"You've all done an awesome job of finding your way," he said.

Moberg said the unofficial class theme -- "It's senior year, no regrets" -- was a good one and that it should be carried into the future.

"This is the rest of your lives," he said. "I challenge you to live it with no regrets."

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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