Ready. Set. Graduate! Red Wing High School class of 2019
Thomas Lidahl thanked all of his fellow Red Wing High School graduates on June 7.
Stuffed in the Larry Sonju gymnasium, Lidahl said he appreciated that everyone was so welcoming in the school, even when he asked too many questions.
Lidahl and the other 203 graduating seniors will prepare for the post-secondary life after tossing their caps.
Lidahl was one of two student speakers to address the crowd of friends and family.
Cayanne Korder took the time to remind the class of 2019 that throughout the elementary bliss, middle school tragedies and high school procrastination stories they had in fact "made it."
Lidahl and Korder each urged classmates to take their adulthood head on, standing up and standing out among the many graduation going on around the country.
Lidahl said what he really desires is for them to change the world, for only if they embody change, will the world do the same.
Similarly, Korder told her classmates to embrace the absurdity and invest themselves in this irreplicable moment.
In all, 34 students graduated this year with a 3.93 grade point average or more, and 57 students graduated with honors.
Towerview Alternative High School teacher Emily Christianson welcomed the soon-to-be graduates into the alumni club. She shared her family's long history of Winger pride, giving notice to many of the alumni in attendance, too.
Ben Whitcomb, a math teacher at the high school, told students the best thing they can do in a challenging moment is to choose kindness.
"No matter how great life is, kindness is always needed to build trust and maximize the potential of others," Whitcomb said.
It's not just about saying hello to someone who might need it, Whitcomb said. It's about spreading joy to as many people as possible, building each other up rather than taking each other down.
While Lidahl asked his classmates to embody change, there's one change that's envidiable: the class of 2019 are adults now.