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High River teens finally celebrate graduation

CALGARY- It’s a few months late, but some High River graduates finally got their big celebration on Thursday.

120 Grade 12 students were supposed to graduate from Highwood High School on June 28th, but that had to be cancelled after the flood hit.

“We thought that it might be kiboshed for good, and we were unsure of what was going to happen,” says parent Darren Jerowsky, who had two children graduating.

Fortunately, Calgary-area school Strathcona Tweedsmuir stepped up to the plate, and offered their school up so that the teens could celebrate a formal graduation.

A number of dignitaries were in attendance, including Premier Alison Redford who said Thursday’s celebration was special.

“I will tell you, a graduation any time is an exciting day, but your graduation today is something that people across Alberta and across Canada are celebrating with you,” she told the excited group.

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Valedictorian Brett Mulholland summed up the last 63 days as ‘a crazy year.’

“Life is full of unexpected and surprising moments,” he said in his speech. “We’ve had to grow up a lot quicker, and I think this event has helped us see all of life’s challenges, and know we can get through them.”