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SLIDESHOW: Park High School celebrates graduation

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The caps go flying as the commencement ceremony concludes.2 / 26
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Students enter Aldrich Arena.7 / 26
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The presentation of colors by the Park Air Force Jr. ROTC.10 / 26
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Students who graduated summa cum laude with distinction addressed the crowd.15 / 26
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Student speaker Troy Lowry Jr. addresses the crowd.18 / 26
Troy Lowry Jr. snaps a selfie of the class after his speech.19 / 26
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Park social studies teacher Todd Hyland was chosen as the staff speaker.21 / 26
School Board Chairman Ron Kath was among officials distributing diplomas.22 / 26
Students wait to receive their diploma.23 / 26
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Park High School graduated 417 seniors Saturday, including 33 students with high academic honors.

The student speaker was Troy Lowry Jr., while social studies teacher Todd Hyland was chosen as the staff speaker.

The following students graduated summa cum laude with distinction (GPA of 4.3 or higher): Eric Binkoetter, Autumn Carlson, Haily Cisneros, Molly Gallahue, Anna Kimball, Temilola Ogunrinde, Carleigh Rand, Erin Sanislo and Joseph Tschida. Summa cum laude students (GPA of 4.0-4.29) included: Kayla Abrass, Sullivan Brenke, Mallorie Briggs, Emily Burazin, Iris Burbank, Gina Carson, McKayla Collins, Claire Dietzsch, Connor Gabbert, Amanda Grein, Nathan Grosse, Paige Hill, William Kickhafer, Rylee Kulka, Gabrielle Morse, William Nisbet, Megan Palmer, Allyssa Phillips, Sarah Grace Quinn, Madeline Reding, Lauren Rein, Kevin Roettger, Thomas Tschida and Lauren Van Gerpen.

The commencement ceremony was held at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. 

East Ridge HIgh School also celebrated its graduation Saturday. Woodbury High School seniors received their diplomas Sunday.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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