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Woodbury High School seniors conferred

The WHS graduation ceremony was Sunday at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood, where 435 students were conferred.

Valedictorian Prithwis Mukhopadhyay told a version of "The Emperor's New Clothes" parable during a speech to the class of 2011. He related the story to his classmates.

"We must never lose sense of our honesty or our integrity," Mukhopadhyay said.

Teacher Roald Sateren delivered the featured speech to WHS graduates. He reminded graduates how they had been called the "guinea pig class" after being the first to experience the late start, the division with East Ridge and a new schedule.

"The class of 2011 is a close family," Sateren said, before sending them warm regards for the future. "You'll be freer than you've ever been to be your own person. ... Go with an open mind and an open heart."

Seniors Melinda Frimpong and Torsten Rotto were chosen by classmates to deliver speeches.

"Today, my friends, we triumph," Rotto told the class.