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The final march

Graduating seniors from Woodbury High School made the final walk on June 7 at the 2009 Commencement Ceremony at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood with a mix of excitement and sadness. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

It was a day of mixed emotions June 7 for the Class of 2009 seniors bidding farewell to Woodbury High School.

The WHS commencement ceremony at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood celebrated the seniors, the past four years and their futures.

One theme -- the future -- was at the heart of the addresses delivered by WHS principal Linda Plante, Gina Carbone, the class valedictorian and the elected student speakers.

For many students, the future will be college. For others, the future will lead to the workplace. For everyone, however, the future will hopefully hold success.

Seniors Logan Zenker and Eric White said they are excited to embark on the next phase of their lives -- Zenker at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and White and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

"It's a whole mix of emotions today," White said.

For some, graduation can be a tearful time to remember all of the great times they've shared with friends and faculty and now having to go their separate ways.

"I really loved high school," graduating senior Emily Wilson said. "I'm sad it's over."

For others graduating is a sigh of relief and the punctuation mark at the end of the beginning.

"I'm glad to be done and start on the next phase of my life," Zenker said.

For additional photos taken at the WHS commencement ceremony, see the June 10 Woodbury Bulletin print edition.

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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