The Class of 2013, dressed in blue and gold caps and gowns, walked across the stage and became alumni on Thursday evening.
Senior class president Allison Cotter stood before her classmates and reminded them of their accomplishments throughout the past four years. Those accomplishments include the school's Science Olympiad teams taking state and national championships, musical ensembles receiving surprise ratings at state competitions, and the Green Club making huge strides.
Cotter said those things wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the community.
"This has been our starting point," she said. "From here, we'll take what we've been taught around the world."
In a Tribune survey about post-secondary education that 135 Grand Haven seniors completed, 57 percent said they plan to earn a four-year degree, while about 30 percent indicated they intend to achieve a master’s degree.
Once the new alumni finish post-secondary education, 14 percent of graduates said they plan to return to the Tri-Cities area or at least Ottawa County, while about 19 percent said they will be somewhere in Michigan.
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Principal Tracy Wilson told the graduates on Thursday night that they have been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. She said they have been instrumental in supporting classmates through a nearly fatal car crash and a journey through cancer, and showing their support for underclassmen dealing with racial intimidation through tie-dying shoe laces.
The principal said the students have also shown support for a paralyzed classmate, Garrett Bazany, who walked across the stage and accepted his diploma on Thursday.
Wilson said the Class of 2013 has been through more than most, and haven’t been afraid to stand up for what they believe in.
“You’re simply amazing,” she said.
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