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Madras High School graduates 182, while Culver High School graduates 48, for a new record.

STEELE HAUGEN/MADRAS PIONEER - Bridges High School students, part of the 509-J School District graduates, include from back left to right, Ruiben Gonzalez, DzJiana Enriquez, Richayla Elliott, Aram David, Samantha Culps, Caramiah Charley, and Victor Calixtro. Bridges graduated 51 students.
The class of 2019 is graduated and off on new adventures after commencement ceremonies took place over the weekend.

Madras High School and Bridges High School graduated 182 students at their ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, where graduate Felicity Kostka performed a piano piece and the faculty speaker, Cameron Rosenfield, spoke about the different reactions students can have when faced with adversity.

STEELE HAUGEN/MADRAS PIONEER - Madras High School students Elaina Nambo, left, and Erika Desjardins head out to the football stadium for graduation.
Nate Tyler, the principal of Bridges High School, spoke as well, and 51 students of the district's graduates came out of the alternative program.

Last year, Madras graduated 187 students, between Bridges and MHS, and Culver graduated 41 students, for a total of 228 graduates between the two school districts. This year, the total graduates reached 230 from both districts, a record for the county.

DESIREE BERGSTROM/MADRAS PIONEER - Culver High School seniors, from front right to left, Addison Finley, Erick Vega, Lorenzo Vasquez, Mikayla Haessler, Ryanne Scholl, and Ayla Turbyfill listen to speakers during their graduation ceremony June 1.
In Culver, beginning at noon, the nine valedictorians walked one-by-one into the gym leading the rest of the class, which had 48 graduates, and walked out in pairs.

The Culver class heard from all nine valedictorians, as well as the salutatorian, during the ceremony.

There was no specific class speaker this year at the Culver graduation, but the principal, Brad Kudlac, spoke, addressing each student, by name and highlighting certain qualities that he felt described each student; including grit and class.

Culver's class motto for 2019 reads, "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."

The MHS motto reads, "Together we have experienced life. Separately, we will pursue our dreams. Forever our memories will remain."

The Madras senior class also has specific colors, blue and white, as well as a class flower, a white rose boutonniere.

DESIREE BERGSTROM/MADRAS PIONEER - Culver High School's 48 seniors prepare for graduation.


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