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Thomas makes Lake City home

Logan Thomas and his family moved to Lake City from a Cleveland suburb just more than a year ago. But, according to the graduating senior's teachers and classmates at Lincoln High School, it seems as though Thomas had spent his whole life in the Minnesota town.

"It was amazing to see how he fit in with the group, from a leadership role and a skill role," said Thomas' baseball coach and Assistant Principal Perry Iberg.

"He was open to the new experiences. He was open to meeting new people. He really tried hard to find his niche with the group," added choir director Carey Kopp.

Now, as Thomas looks back on his senior year in Lake City, he said he's glad his family made the move.

"I came from seeing a new face every day in my old high school to seeing the same people, knowing every name," Thomas said. "It's settling."

And, as he looks forward to commencement on Sunday, Thomas said he's happy he'll recognize all the faces walking across the stage with him.

"I'd have been seeing kids I'd never seen before," he said of graduation in Ohio.

Thomas, his two brothers and parents Gregg and Tisha moved to Lake City in April 2012. Gregg, who worked in construction, was struggling to find work in the downturned economy, Thomas said. The family chose Lake City so that they could be closer to relatives in the area.

While Thomas said moving was "a little hard" considering he was going into his senior year, he was willing to do "whatever is better for my family."

"I was ready for a change," he said.

And Lake City seemed to be a perfect fit for the 18-year-old.

"I love the small town atmosphere, the friendliness, the scenery," he said. "What's not to like about Lake City? It's all around my kind of city."

It didn't take Thomas long to make Lincoln High School his home either. He joined the Tigers baseball team -- where he played as a pitcher and third baseman -- midseason 2012.

"Anytime you have a situation where someone's coming in, it's just unknown," Iberg said.

But Thomas had played baseball throughout his high school career and was able to prove himself early on, Iberg said.

"He's the best third-baseman I've ever coached," he said. "He's truly an outstanding defensive baseball player."

By the end the season, Thomas was just one of the team.

"I couldn't believe how well he fit in day one. He seems like he's been here the whole time with this group," Iberg said.

But, according to Thomas, it was his teammates who made him feel at home.

"It was the group of people on the baseball team," he said. "They really just helped me with anything I needed."

Thomas has enrolled at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He plans to major in English and minor in secondary education.

His teachers have no doubts that he'll fit in well there, too.

"He's not afraid to put it out on the table. And he's really honest about things," Kopp said. "But he's also just a nice person."

"He just has a personality that people cling to," Iberg said. "He's driven to succeed. He really is. That's ... why he's going to be successful."

Class of 2013

What: Lincoln High School commencement

Who: About 90 students

When: 2 p.m. June 2

Where: Lincoln High School gym

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.