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Park grads set off on journeys

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Shawn Bergsbaken looks out at fellow Park graduates after receiving his diploma. Mike Longaecker / Rivertown Multimedia2 / 7
Students applauded their families during Park's graduation on June 3. Mike Longaecker / Rivertown Multimedia3 / 7
Cittilad Netwan listens on as Park's combined bands perform "Danzas Cubanas" during the 2018 commencement ceremony. Mike Longaecker / Rivertown Multimedia4 / 7
Park High School graduates toss their caps after being conferred. Mike Longaecker / Rivertown Multimedia5 / 7
Allison Best is congratulated by District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus. Mike Longaecker / Rivertown Multimedia6 / 7
Selam Habtes signals to family after receiving her diploma June 3. Mike Longaecker / Rivertown Multimedia7 / 7

Park's class of 2018 began its journey Sunday in more ways than one.

Graduates chose "Don't Stop Believing," performed by Journey, as their theme song. During commencement, held June 3 at Aldrich Arena, social studies teacher Yonnie Eiden-Giel told students to uphold their convictions along their individual journeys.

"Know why you believe what you believe and stand firm behind those beliefs," she told graduates.

Following speeches from Park's summa cum laude graduates, student speakers Donald Birttnen and Austin Boreen also addressed the crowd.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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