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Check out highlights from MHS graduating seniors as they cross the stage for their diplomas

Madras High School graduated 125 students in a ceremony at the football field. The cermony celebrated a class that has attended school at one of the most tumultuous times, facing constant change during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This class has been called the 'Comeback Kids' by a number of their teachers, because of their resiliency and grit they showed through all of the challenges.

These students represent a diverse group headed forward into the world in a variety of ways. TJ Stout, one of the classes co-valedictorians plans to attend Texas A&M University studying engineering in the fall. "I'm looking forward to the graduation activities, and doing one last thing as a group," said Stout. "It means a lot to have an opportunity here to have a good education. It's a great milestone for the future."

The ceremony was opened by Stout, who shared his excitement for the class of 2022. Next, student-selected faculty speaker Kurt Taylor, football coach and health and PE teacher, spoke to the students about the importance of going for your dreams. He encouraged them all to not get stuck in a rut, and to live life to the fullest.

Students Christina Thomas and Anna Park, co-valedictorians of the class, spoke to the students about the importance of being involved in their world, and working to create the world they want to see by being socially involved.

After the students received their diplomas, salutatorian Brooke Delamarter led them in turning their tassels, signifying their completion of high school.

"As soon as I walk across that stage, I can see all my hard work paying off," said Katherine Valdez. Valdez is graduating with the Oregon Seal of Biliteracy. "It's not just my hard work. It means a lot to my parents as well because they weren't able to graduate. I'm happy to be doing this for them as well."

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