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A spirited crowd turned up at JFK High School to see off the 35 graduates from the Class of 2022

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Smiling valedectorian prepares to address the crowd at John F. Kennedy High School's Class of 2002 graduation Saturday, June 11.As the guests drifted into John F. Kennedy High School gymnasium Saturday afternoon, Principal Dale Pedersen corralled the pending graduates in the hallways of the pre-ceremony staging area.

Pederson reminded the 35 Class of 2022 graduates that, while this is a significant day to him, it is an even more significant and memorable day for each one of them.

The cheery group of seniors appeared game, ready to flip their tassels from senior side of the cap to grad side.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Ready to go: John F. Kennedy High Schools Class of 2002 graduation Saturday, June 11.

The ceremonial vibe was buoyant, not atypical for the tight, homey Mt. Angel lot as the bleachers and gymnasium chairs filled in with hundreds of well wishers.

Woodburn Nursery & Azalea adorned each side of the stage, and the Kennedy 2022 class motto was etched in wood before a floral-framed section at one side: "Behind you are the shadows of what might have been, and ahead...the image of what we hope to be."

Attendees heard from valedictorians Lydia Berning and Spencer Bizon, along with guest speaker Serafina Sorensen.

Alexis Cardenas Ortiz received the Superintendent's Award, while Bizon and Berning were honored respectively as the JFK Boy and Girl of the Year.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Taking directions for the swansong: John F. Kennedy High Schools Class of 2002 graduation Saturday, June 11.

See photos of the John F. Kennedy Class of 2022 graduation ceremony at www.facebook.com/WoodburnIndependent.


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