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Graduation reality takes hold

Cap and gown distribution marks the final frontier for WHS graduating seniors. After that it's a mad dash to the finish line. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

It was a sea of blue and white at Woodbury High School May 14 when soon-to-graduate seniors took the first step towards their commencement march when they collected their caps and gowns.

The cafeteria overflow was alive with students anxiously anticipating their futures, but also reminiscing with friends and faculty about everything the last four years has brought them.

For graduating senior Alexis Swanson, the quickly approaching end to her college career still seems like a blur.

"It all seems really surreal," she said. "I knew graduation would be coming eventually, but everything this year went by so fast."

Over the last year, Swanson has made hundreds of memories, whether it was being head cheerleader at the WHS Royals' football games, dancing the night away at Prom or just spending as much time as she could with her friends who will all be going off in different directions.

"It's been a whirlwind year," she said. "But it's going to be nice to get out there and do new things."

Swanson will be trading in her blue and white clothes for maroon and gold come next year when she becomes a Golden Gopher at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

"I'm really excited to make new friends and experience new things," she said.

Swanson said she is still deciding which path to take at college, she has narrowed it down to either communications or something in the medical field.

"Once I get there and start taking classes, I'll know what to do," she said.

In addition to all of the excitement and anxiousness flowing through her, Swanson also said it is a little scary and sad to think that soon she will be walking the WHS halls for the last time.

"I'm really anxious to get out there and see what my life holds."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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