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186 MHS grads cheered

Mitchell High School graduate Fae Thompson puts her hands up in the air after receiving her diploma during MHS's graduation on Sunday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)1 / 3
Mitchell High School's, from right, Michah Ackman, Abigail Adams and Caleb Aguilar have a laugh as fellow senior Jarod Uher gives his commencement address during MHS's graduation on Sunday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)2 / 3
Mitchell High School graduate Mercedes Dufek hangs onto her cap while walking off stage after receiving her diploma during MHS's graduation on Sunday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)3 / 3

Hundreds gathered in the Corn Palace on Sunday afternoon to honor Mitchell High School's graduating class. Cheered on by friends, family and air horns, the class of 2018 consisted of 186 students in total, 38 of whom graduated with honors and 21 of whom graduated with a 4.0 GPA, earning highest honors.

This year's commencement featured welcoming statements from graduate Hannah Ziebarth and Superintendent Joseph Graves, as well as performance of "This is Me," a song from "The Greatest Showman," by the senior members of the Varsity Chorale.

The class then heard from its speakers, graduates Madison Hetland and Jarod Uher, whose addresses to their classmates recounted some of the memories the graduates had made together throughout their educational careers, as well as reminders not to take those memories for granted.

"Here we are, on the brink of something new, heading out into the chaos that they call the real world," Hetland said in her address. "We've experienced so many lasts lately that it can be challenging to say goodbye and remember all of those firsts that are still yet to come ... Instead of trying to identify the good old days, we need to identify the good that's in every day."

Following the presentation of the class by Principal Joe Childs, diplomas were presented to the graduates by members of the Board of Education and Assistant Principals Craig Mock and Shane Thrill.

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