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The class of 2022 graduated on Saturday. Despite dreary weather, the commnuity celebrated their accomplishments.

The Molalla High School class of 2022 endured a pandemic, wildfires and an ice storm during their time as students; A little rain wasn't going to dampen their spirits at graduation.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY MATLOCK - Principal Brad Berzinski snaps a photo of some of the seniors ahead of the ceremony.

One-hundred and forty-four students graduated from MHS on June 11. Four were foreign exchange students. Seven graduated with the Oregon Seal of Biliteracy. Twenty-four had a grade point average of 4.0 or higher.

These students spent 4,735 hours in high school, according to Student Body President Tanner Foss-Howard's math.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY MATLOCK - Tanner Foss-Howard delivered his senior address during the downpour.

"That 4,735 hours may seem like a lifetime," he said. "But I choose to remember that as… 4,735 of determination, school spirit, and the worst damn parking the world has ever seen; 4,735 hours of laughing, smiling and yet struggling but struggling together."

That was the tone among the other student speakers as well. The years have been far from easy and normal, but they did it.

Valedictorian Cole Beyer thanked all — he listed each one — of the teachers he's had over the years. "From the bottom of my own and the community's heart, despite the homework you guys have all given me, we thank you… You create our future."

As is typical with graduations, the ceremony was full of lasts. Final selfies with teachers or classmates, last moments of being a senior and last high school memories. It was also the final graduation ceremony for a number of teachers and administrators, including Principal Brad Berzinski and Associate Principal and Athletic Director, who will be moving on to new opportunities.

Teacher Grant Boustead was voted by the seniors to give the staff address. He offered them some advice: to not be afraid of failure, follow your gut and to put down the technology to enjoy life's moments, such as this one.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY MATLOCK - The graduates toss their caps to the sky after commencement.

After the band and choir had performed and speeches were given, it was time for the students to cross the stage and receive their diplomas. Then, they turned their tassels and tossed their caps.

And that's it. After 4,735 hours in classes, days of extracurricular activities and homework, countless moments of joy and hardships, and a couple hours in a rainy commencement ceremony, the Molalla class of 2022 had graduated.


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