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Woodbury graduates reach high school 'peak'

Students reacted to their peers' speeches. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 12
Students helped each other adjust the tricky caps and tassels. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 12
Staff high-fived and hugged students on their way in. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 12
Students filed in as the school band played "Pomp and Circumstance." Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia. 4 / 12
Morgan Swanson adjusts her gown and medal before the ceremony. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia 5 / 12
School staff high-fived students as they walked in. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 12
Summa cum laude with distinction students, with a GPA of 4.3 or higher, each spoke for a few minutes at the ceremony. The summa cum laude students were: Andrius Adomavicius, Evan Koo, Michael Xia, Kayla Chan, Scott Sampson, Soseniyos Yimer, Neha Jain, Morgan Swanson, Cade Keesling and Ethan Wu. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 12
Students made final adjustments and smiled just before walking across the stage. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 12
Principal Sarah Sorenson-Wagner greeted students as they processed in. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia 9 / 12
Students listened to speeches from peers and one faculty member. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia 10 / 12
Students made last-minute adjustments to their tassels as they approached the arena. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia11 / 12
As he stepped into the venue, a student instantly recognized someone in the crowd and waved. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia 12 / 12

You may have peaked in high school — and that's a good thing, Woodbury High School graduate Andrius Adomavicius said to his peers at the school's graduation ceremony on June 2 at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

"We can bring about even higher peaks if we use our potential energy to keep working towards our goals," he said. "The peak we're at now is merely a small one compared to the Everests we are capable of reaching. So, Class of 2019, to anyone who says we've peaked here, just say: 'Yeah. We've peaked. But we haven't Everested.'"

Adomavicius was one of 10 students to graduate summa cum laude with distinction, meaning they reached a GPA of 4.3 or higher. Several of these students spoke Sunday night at the graduation ceremony, where about 500 students celebrated the completion of their high school career.

Woodbury High School Principal Sarah Sorenson-Wagner asked students to stand in recognition of various achievements, highlighting their involvement in arts, athletics, academics and student organizations.

"You have many gifts to share with the world," she told students. "Thank you for your contributions to Woodbury High School. You have made your mark with your kindness, generosity and joy for life."