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East Ridge sends off Class of 2019

East Ridge High School graduates watch their peers receive diplomas June 2, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 6
An East Ridge High School graduate accepts his diploma cover on stage June 2, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 6
East Ridge High School graduates watch their peers receive diplomas June 2, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 6
East Ridge High School graduates file in to the commencement ceremony June 2, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 6
East Ridge High School graduates move their tassels to the left at the close of the commencement ceremony June 2, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 6
An East Ridge High School graduate looks toward family and friends observing the Class of 2019 as he waits for the commencement ceremony to begin June 2, 2019, in Woodbury. Hannah Black / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 6

WOODBURY — About 450 students crossed the stage and became graduates at East Ridge High School's commencement ceremony, which took place Sunday, June 2, in "The Perch," the school's gymnasium.

Student body president Evelyn Nadarliyska was one of two student speakers. Her address focused on the value of memories and lessons learned and how her fellow graduates could use them going forward.

"We've actually made it, and we're actually going to go somewhere with everything we've learned here in high school," Nadarliyska said. "I think in that moment ... we realized that it all came together in more ways than we thought: all those sleepless nights of homework or sports or extracurriculars, it all made us into the people we (are) today."

The other student, McCrossen Schiller, was chosen by the senior class and spoke about the outpouring of support he had received in the past year since the death of his mother. The central theme of his speech was "Be kind."

The ceremony also included a speech from English teacher Kevin McNeill and performances from the East Ridge band, orchestra and choirs.

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.

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